Mechanical Engineering Technicians conduct tests of mechanical systems, collect and analyse data, and assemble and install mechanical assemblies in support of Mechanical Engineers and Engineering Technologists.

Specialisations: Boiler Testing Technician, Hydraulic Controls Technician, Mechanical Laboratory Technician, Pipe Testing Technician.

You usually need a certificate III or IV in a related engineering field to work as a Mechanical Engineering Technician. Some Mechanical Engineering Technicians complete university qualifications.

Tasks

  • Selects tools and equipment.
  • Assembles and installs new and modified mechanical assemblies, components, machine tools and controls, and hydraulic power systems.
  • Estimates material costs and quantities, and machine requirements.
  • Performs and directs field and laboratory tests.
  • Collects and analyses data, carries out complex computations and prepares diagrams.
  • Organises and supervises inspection and maintenance of machines and plant.
  • Ensures that designs and finished work are within specifications, regulations and contract provisions.

More about Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians

All Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians

  • $1,838 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Mechanical Engineering Technicians

  • 1,100 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 91% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 46 hours Average full-time
  • 42 years Average age
  • 3% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Mechanical Engineering Technicians (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 1,000 in 2011 to 1,100 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Mechanical Engineering Technicians work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Other Services; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (91%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 42 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 3% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Manufacturing24.4
Other Services16.4
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services12.4
Wholesale Trade9.1
Other Industries37.7

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateMechanical Engineering TechniciansAll Jobs Average
NSW24.131.6
VIC23.125.6
QLD15.820.0
SA8.57.0
WA24.410.8
TAS1.92.0
NT1.11.0
ACT1.11.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketMechanical Engineering TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.8-5.05.0
20-244.9-9.39.3
25-3424.1-22.922.9
35-4427.8-22.022.0
45-5423.8-21.621.6
55-598.7-9.09.0
60-646.1-6.06.0
65 and Over3.9-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationMechanical Engineering TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.7-10.110.1
Bachelor degree12.5-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma16.8-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV56.4-21.121.1
Year 125.7-18.118.1
Year 111.9-4.84.8
Year 10 and below4.1-12.512.5

You usually need a certificate III or IV in a related engineering field to work as a Mechanical Engineering Technician. Some Mechanical Engineering Technicians complete university qualifications.

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Employers look for Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    77% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  2. Technical design

    69% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  3. Engineering and technology

    69% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  4. Mathematics

    60% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Production and processing

    59% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-3027.00 - Mechanical Engineering Technicians.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    93% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Freedom to make decisions

    93% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  3. Indoors, heat controlled

    88% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  4. Being exact or accurate

    87% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  5. Contact with people

    87% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-3027.00 - Mechanical Engineering Technicians.

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