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Engineering technicians typically work full time. Most work in offices and laboratories alongside engineers. The BLS reported that overall employment of engineering technicians was predicted to increase by one percent from 2012-2022.
Employers are generally looking for applicants holding an associate’s or bachelor’s degree who additionally had post-secondary education training specifically in the field of mechanical engineering technology. If you are interested in this professional field, you should already at high school take all available math and science courses. Check your professional aptitude by taking a career quiz!
There are several concentration options for engineering technicians. Here is an overview of the most common specializations. Let’s take a closer look at what Mechanical, Industrial, Environmental, Electrical, Electronics, Civil, and Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians do and what they can earn.
Mechanical engineering technicians usually will support mechanical engineers in designing, developing, testing, and manufacturing various mechanical devices, such as engines, tools, or machines. These professionals generally record and/or analyze all sorts of data, they may produce rough layouts or sketches, make estimates and/or calculations, and they will report all their findings in detail.
They can be found in positions where they are assisting with a manufacturing process in production plants, or helping at research and development labs during development phases before the actual manufacturing process will take place. In 2014, mechanical engineering technicians made a median hourly wage of $25,00 and they enjoyed an average annual salary of about 52,080. This professional path is really not everybody’s ticket.
Industrial engineering technicians are active in the field of implementing designs at various locations. They enable stores, factories, healthcare centers, offices, or repair shops to use machinery, materials, or personnel in the most effective way. These professionals prepare equipment layouts and machinery. They plan workflows, analyze production costs, and carry out statistical production research and studies.
Industrial engineering technicians can be found working work in a variety of businesses and industries, and they are coordinating various activities within a company that are set up to guarantee the quality of its services or final products and to do this as effectively as possible. Most industrial engineering technicians are full-time employed and they will typically require an associate’s or bachelor’s degree as well as additional post-secondary certificate education.
Most community colleges and technical schools provide associate’s programs and vocational schools and technical colleges offer certificate programs. The professional outlooks are pretty stable and they can expect to make an hourly wage of around $24,80, and an average annual salary of some $50,980.
Environmental engineering technicians generally carry out all sorts of plans developed by environmental engineers. They usually operate equipment that is used in the prevention or cleanup of environmental pollution, and they often test or have to modify their equipment to be successful. These professionals often can be found collecting samples for pollution testing, and sometimes they also are working to lessen the effects of pollution on the environment.
The majority of environmental engineering technicians are full time employed, and they usually work indoors in laboratories at regular working hours, though sometimes they are required to work irregular hours or overtime to carry out or monitor specific operations. These professionals need, in general, to hold an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering technology, though quite a few are holding a degree in a related field and later specialized in this interesting and growing sector. Job outlooks are pretty good for these professionals, and their earning depend on the level of education, experience, and regional influences. When experienced, they may expect an hourly wage of some $22, while the average salary lies around $45,550 per year.
Electrical and electronics engineering technicians generally will be assisting engineers with designing and developing communications equipment, computers, navigation equipment and devices, medical monitoring devices, or any other electronic or electrical device or equipment. Electronics and electrical engineering technicians usually can be found working in product testing and evaluation settings, where they will use all sorts of measuring, testing, or diagnostic equipment and devices to be able to test, adjust, or repair all sorts of equipment.
Electrical and electronics engineering technicians generally are work closely together, and under the supervision of electrical engineers. They mostly are working in manufacturing facilities, research and development labs, or at utilities settings. Electronics and electrical engineering technicians generally are required to hold an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, and technical colleges provide many certificate programs where they can develop their knowledge and skills in a specific sector. These professionals made a median hourly wage of $27.90 and their average annual income was around $57,990 in 2014.
Civil engineering technicians are assisting civil engineers with planning and designing the construction of bridges, highways, utilities, or any other major infrastructure project. They can also be found working in the fields of land, residential, or commercial development. Civil engineering technicians generally are working under the supervision and direction of licensed and experienced civil engineers. They typically are working in offices, and help civil engineers with planning and design interesting projects. Sometimes, civil engineering technicians need to visit construction sites to tests certain materials and set-ups, or to carry out inspection tasks at a construction project.
Generally, these professionals need to hold an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in civil engineering techniques, and many technical colleges offer specialized certificate programs. In 2014, these professionals had an average hourly wage of $22,90, and their median annual salary was in that year around $47,840.
Broadcast and sound engineering technicians generally are helping to set up, maintain, and operate all sorts of electrical and electronic equipment that’s used for concerts, radio or television broadcasts, movies, sound recordings, or in schools and office buildings. These professionals usually are working indoors and will need to have completed a post-secondary education in a related field, and depending on their professional setting, this can be an associate’s or a bachelor’s degree. The median hourly wage for broadcast and sound engineering technicians was in 2014 around $19,90, while their annual earnings were around $41,800 in that year.