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Mechanical Engineering Technicians

ANZSCO ID 312512

Overview

All Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians

  • $1,838 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth

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

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 mechanical engineering or another related field to work as a Mechanical Engineering Technician. Some workers have 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.

Prospects

Pathways

You usually need a certificate III or IV in mechanical engineering or another related field to work as a Mechanical Engineering Technician. Some workers have university qualifications.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Metal and Engineering VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

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.

  6. Physics

    57% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  7. English language

    56% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  8. Computers and electronics

    55% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  9. Chemistry

    50% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  10. Administration and management

    48% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  11. Customer and personal service

    48% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  12. Education and training

    47% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  13. Building and construction

    42% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  14. Public safety and security

    42% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  15. Clerical

    40% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  16. Telecommunications

    32% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  17. Sales and marketing

    29% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  18. Transportation

    28% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  19. Communications and media

    27% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  20. Personnel and human resources

    25% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Critical thinking

    50% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  3. Quality control analysis

    48% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  4. Writing

    48% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  5. Active listening

    46% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  6. Monitoring

    46% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  7. Operation monitoring

    46% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  8. Speaking

    46% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  9. Coordination with others

    46% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  10. Complex problem solving

    45% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  11. Instructing

    45% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  12. Operation and control

    45% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  13. Social perceptiveness

    45% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  14. Time management

    45% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  15. Judgment and decision making

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  16. Active learning

    43% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  17. Learning strategies

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  18. Mathematics

    43% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  19. Negotiation

    41% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  20. Management of personnel resources

    39% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Oral expression

    55% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Deductive reasoning

    54% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  4. Problem spotting

    54% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  5. Near vision

    54% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  6. Sorting or ordering

    54% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  7. Written comprehension

    54% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  8. Categorising

    52% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  9. Inductive reasoning

    52% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  10. Written expression

    50% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  11. Control precision

    48% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  12. Visualization

    48% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  13. Finger dexterity

    46% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  14. Perceptual speed

    46% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  15. Colour discrimination

    46% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  16. Speech clarity

    45% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  17. Speech recognition

    45% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  18. Arm-hand steadiness

    45% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  19. Brainstorming

    45% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  20. Selective attention

    41% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    71% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  2. Controlling equipment or machines

    70% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  3. Handling and moving objects

    69% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  4. Thinking creatively

    67% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  5. Communicating within a team

    66% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  6. Building good relationships

    63% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  7. Giving expert advice

    63% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  8. Planning and prioritising work

    63% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  9. Monitoring people, processes and things

    63% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  10. Making decisions and solving problems

    63% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  11. Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts

    61% Skill level

    Detailing and describing how devices, parts or equipment are to be made, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

  12. Checking for errors or defects

    61% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  13. Checking compliance with standards

    60% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  14. Collecting and organising information

    57% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  15. Looking for changes over time

    56% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  16. Documenting or recording information

    55% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  17. Researching and investigating

    52% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  18. Making sense of information and ideas

    49% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  19. Working with computers

    46% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  20. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    43% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
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.

Work Environment

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.

Filter Work Environment

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.

  6. Unstructured work

    85% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  7. Electronic mail

    85% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  8. Teamwork

    85% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  9. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    79% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  10. Time pressure

    78% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  11. Telephone

    77% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  12. Lead or coordinate a team

    76% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  13. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    74% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  14. Health and safety of others

    72% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  15. Responsible for outcomes

    69% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  16. Physically close to people

    68% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  17. Impact of decisions

    67% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  18. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    67% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  19. Frequent decision making

    65% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  20. Dangerous equipment

    65% Important

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    76% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Working conditions

    62% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  3. Relationships

    57% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  4. Achievement

    52% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  5. Recognition

    52% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  6. Independence

    48% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    86% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Practical

    86% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Administrative

    52% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Creative

    48% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  5. Enterprising

    24% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
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.

All Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians

  • $1,838 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth

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

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 mechanical engineering or another related field to work as a Mechanical Engineering Technician. Some workers have 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.

You usually need a certificate III or IV in mechanical engineering or another related field to work as a Mechanical Engineering Technician. Some workers have university qualifications.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Metal and Engineering VET training pathways.

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.

  6. Physics

    57% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  7. English language

    56% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  8. Computers and electronics

    55% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  9. Chemistry

    50% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  10. Administration and management

    48% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  11. Customer and personal service

    48% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  12. Education and training

    47% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  13. Building and construction

    42% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  14. Public safety and security

    42% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  15. Clerical

    40% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  16. Telecommunications

    32% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  17. Sales and marketing

    29% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  18. Transportation

    28% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  19. Communications and media

    27% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  20. Personnel and human resources

    25% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Critical thinking

    50% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  3. Quality control analysis

    48% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  4. Writing

    48% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  5. Active listening

    46% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  6. Monitoring

    46% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  7. Operation monitoring

    46% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  8. Speaking

    46% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  9. Coordination with others

    46% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  10. Complex problem solving

    45% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  11. Instructing

    45% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  12. Operation and control

    45% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  13. Social perceptiveness

    45% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  14. Time management

    45% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  15. Judgment and decision making

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  16. Active learning

    43% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  17. Learning strategies

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  18. Mathematics

    43% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  19. Negotiation

    41% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  20. Management of personnel resources

    39% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Oral expression

    55% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Deductive reasoning

    54% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  4. Problem spotting

    54% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  5. Near vision

    54% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  6. Sorting or ordering

    54% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  7. Written comprehension

    54% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  8. Categorising

    52% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  9. Inductive reasoning

    52% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  10. Written expression

    50% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  11. Control precision

    48% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  12. Visualization

    48% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  13. Finger dexterity

    46% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  14. Perceptual speed

    46% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  15. Colour discrimination

    46% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  16. Speech clarity

    45% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  17. Speech recognition

    45% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  18. Arm-hand steadiness

    45% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  19. Brainstorming

    45% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  20. Selective attention

    41% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    71% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  2. Controlling equipment or machines

    70% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  3. Handling and moving objects

    69% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  4. Thinking creatively

    67% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  5. Communicating within a team

    66% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  6. Building good relationships

    63% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  7. Giving expert advice

    63% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  8. Planning and prioritising work

    63% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  9. Monitoring people, processes and things

    63% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  10. Making decisions and solving problems

    63% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  11. Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts

    61% Skill level

    Detailing and describing how devices, parts or equipment are to be made, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

  12. Checking for errors or defects

    61% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  13. Checking compliance with standards

    60% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  14. Collecting and organising information

    57% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  15. Looking for changes over time

    56% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  16. Documenting or recording information

    55% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  17. Researching and investigating

    52% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  18. Making sense of information and ideas

    49% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  19. Working with computers

    46% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  20. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    43% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
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.

Filter Work Environment

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.

  6. Unstructured work

    85% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  7. Electronic mail

    85% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  8. Teamwork

    85% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  9. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    79% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  10. Time pressure

    78% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  11. Telephone

    77% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  12. Lead or coordinate a team

    76% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  13. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    74% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  14. Health and safety of others

    72% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  15. Responsible for outcomes

    69% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  16. Physically close to people

    68% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  17. Impact of decisions

    67% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  18. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    67% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  19. Frequent decision making

    65% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  20. Dangerous equipment

    65% Important

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    76% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Working conditions

    62% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  3. Relationships

    57% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  4. Achievement

    52% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  5. Recognition

    52% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  6. Independence

    48% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    86% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Practical

    86% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Administrative

    52% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Creative

    48% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  5. Enterprising

    24% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

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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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