Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 17-3027 Mechanical Engineering Technicians
Apply theory and principles of mechanical engineering to modify, develop, and test machinery and equipment under direction of engineering staff or physical scientists.
Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Read dials and meters to determine amperage, voltage, electrical output and input at specific operating temperature to analyze parts performance. Analyze test results in relation to design or rated specifications and test objectives, and modify or adjust equipment to meet specifications. Evaluate tool drawing designs by measuring drawing dimensions and comparing with original specifications for form and function using engineering skills. Devise, fabricate, and assemble new or modified mechanical components for products such as industrial machinery or equipment, and measuring instruments. Discuss changes in design, method of manufacture and assembly, and drafting techniques and procedures with staff and coordinate corrections. Operate drill press, grinders, engine lathe, or other machines to modify parts tested or to fabricate experimental parts for testing. Review project instructions and blueprints to ascertain test specifications, procedures, and objectives, and test nature of technical problems such as redesign. Set up and conduct tests of complete units and components under operational conditions to investigate proposals for improving equipment performance. Review project instructions and specifications to identify, modify and plan requirements fabrication, assembly and testing. Record test procedures and results, numerical and graphical data, and recommendations for changes in product or test methods.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Good
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $18.51   Entry $38,484.00
Mean $27.31   Mean $56,796.00
Experience $31.71 Experience $65,957.00

The data is based on the May 2016 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2017.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2014Projected Employment 2024Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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No postsecondary schools reported programs.
Occupational Videos
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