Mechanical Engineering Technician
Mechanical engineering technicians help mechanical engineers design, inspect, and test mechanical devices and technologies.
What does a Mechanical Engineering Technician do?
Mechanical engineering technicians help mechanical engineers design, inspect, and test mechanical devices and technologies in manufacturing or processing plants, or for industrial applications in industries such as mining.
As a mechanical engineering technician, you would:
- study and interpret engineering specifications or design drawings
- draw up plans for new ideas or customised parts or machines using computer aided design (CAD) software
- set up and conduct tests of machines or parts and record results
- analyse test results and compare with design specifications and test objectives
- make recommendations to mechanical engineers for changes in products or in test methods
- instal parts or machinery to make sure they run as intended and meet performance targets
- provide technical support to other employees regarding mechanical design, fabrication, testing, or documentation
- inspect, maintain and test mechanical equipment
- identify and repair faults in equipment and machinery
- estimate labor costs, equipment life, and plant space.
Key skills and interests
To become a mechanical engineering technician, you would need:
- good technical skills
- to enjoy practical, hands-on work
- good oral and written communication skills
- the ability to read and interpret technical drawings
- good problem solving skills
- ability to analyse and evaluate data
- an awareness of health and safety
- good teamwork skills.
Working hours and conditions
You would normally work a standard number of hours, Monday to Friday, with occasional overtime to meet deadlines at busy times. Part-time work may be possible. In a manufacturing environment, you may be required to work shifts, which may include nights and weekends
Mechanical engineering technicians work in offices, factories, industrial engineering facilities and on mining sites. The work can be noisy and dusty.
How to become an Mechanical Engineering Technician?
Entry Level Education
To become a mechanical engineering technician you usually have to complete a VET qualification in Engineering, Applied Engineering, Engineering - Mechanical Trade, or Manufacturing Technology. To get into these courses you need to have gained your junior secondary school certificate or equivalent. Some courses may require senior secondary school certificate or equivalent.
Employment of mechanical engineering technicians is projected to grow strongly.
The best opportunities will exist for those who can master new software and technology, as well as traditional technical skills.