Engineering Technician

Help Engineers test and change their designs or prototypes.

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Salary Range
$18,000 – $72,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Engineering Technicians do?

Engineering is structured like a body. At the top are Engineers -the heads that do all the thinking-and at the bottom are Engineering Technicians: the hands that do all the labor. In other words, Engineering Technicians assist the Engineers by doing much of the task-oriented labor that’s required to facilitate and finalize their designs.

If you’re an Engineering Technician—the “hands,” so to speak—you execute Engineers’ visions by helping them with research, design, development, and production. Like Engineers, you typically specialize in a type of engineering, such as aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, or civil engineering. Although you don’t have an engineering license, and typically lack an engineering degree, you have many of the same skills as an Engineer, and understand most of the basic math, science, and design principles that drive your profession.

Using your engineering skills and knowledge, you execute a variety of tasks on behalf of your supervising Engineer. Often, for instance, you build and set up equipment, and create and repair prototypes. You also prepare and conduct experiments, then collect and record data. In addition, you perform mathematical calculations, and use computer-aided design (CAD) programs to assist in design work.

Your goal is to turn engineering theory into engineering application, in collaboration with Engineers and fellow Engineering Technicians.

Should I be an Engineering Technician?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.

  • Also known as: Engineering and Operations Director, Engineering Operator

    How to become an Engineering Technician

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