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Mechanical engineering technicians may do some or all of the following

  • oversee the assembly of machinery
  • make recommendations on how to improve machinery
  • calculate costs and the amount of equipment required to build machines
  • give advice on installing equipment and machinery
  • test and repair equipment and machines
  • monitor equipment and machines to improve mechanical processes
  • prepare drawings and develop machines according to requirements
  • prepare contracts and contact suppliers
  • plan and give advice on equipment and machinery maintenance work
  • supervise and work with staff at power and manufacturing plants.

Mechanical engineering technicians need to have

  • understanding of different machines and how they work
  • knowledge of how to design, build and maintain machinery
  • knowledge of welding processes
  • knowledge of metals and their properties
  • knowledge of maths and physics
  • computer and technical drawing skills
  • problem-solving skills
  • good communication, organisational and time management skills.

Mechanical engineering technicians need to be

  • practical and accurate, with an eye for detail
  • able to make decisions quickly and work well under pressure
  • patient and confident
  • motivated and disciplined
  • able to work well independently and as part of a team
  • up to date with changes in technology, equipment and manufacturing methods.