What can I do in mechanical engineering technology?
Mechanical engineering technicians are an integral part of many different industries. They help design tools and mechanical parts, operate or test engineering and manufacturing systems, and troubleshoot problems. In manufacturing, mechanical engineering technicians help mechanical engineers design, develop, test and manufacture industrial machinery, consumer products and other equipment. They may make sketches and rough layouts, create mechanical drawings using computer-aided design software, record and analyze data, make calculations and estimates, and report their findings. Individuals working in this field may be involved in inspecting products and processes and assist in product design, development and production, among other duties.
What characteristics and skills do I need to work in this field?
Students interested in a career as a mechanical engineering technician must be detail-oriented and creative as well as have good math, mechanical and technical skills. Curiosity, logic and reasoning, organization, communication (written and oral), dependability, adaptability and flexibility, initiative, independence and persistence, and willingness to be a team player are all characteristics someone must have in this line of work.
Where can I work?
Mechanical engineering technicians find jobs in industry, manufacturing testing labs, research facilities, consulting engineering firms, public utilities and government agencies. They may work in quality control, mechanical design, product development, sales, compliance, training or creating technical reports and drawings and designs. The South Carolina Lowcountry is experiencing an increased demand for mechanical engineering technicians because of the booming manufacturing industry in our area, including automotive and aircraft manufacturing.
What does Trident Technical College offer?
TTC’s Mechanical Engineering Technology program features labs that allow students to practice the hands-on aspect of the job as well as working as part of a team. Courses in the associate degree include physics, computer-assisted design, algebra-based structural analysis, electrical circuits and project management. A concentration path in manufacturing and assembly includes classes in production process planning and layout, quality and lean manufacturing.
Required Essential Functions of Students
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