Sample 1 - State of California

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Mechanical Engineering Technicians
(SOC Code : 17-3027)
in California

Apply theory and principles of mechanical engineering to modify, develop, and test machinery and equipment under direction of engineering staff or physical scientists.

Employers are usually looking for candidates with a Associate degree .

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Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
25thMedian75th
California 20141st Qtr$28.27$20.84$27.00$34.50

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeAnnual Avg Openings
EstimatedProjectedNumberPercent
California 2010 - 20204,0004,40040010.0110

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Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in State of California
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Architectural and Engineering Services 22,87617.2%
Electronic Instrument Manufacturing 1,09416.2%
Semiconductor and Electronic Components 1,72613.1%
Scientific Research and Development Svc 6,1709.0%
Employment Services 6,7265.0%
Other General Purpose Machinery Mfg 1,3143.1%
Aerospace Product & Parts Manufacturing 2952.8%
Computers and Peripheral Equipment 4762.2%
Medical Equipment and Supplies Mfg 3,1362.2%
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 3872.0%

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Training Programs (click on title for more information)[Top]
Program Title
Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians, Oth
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician

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Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
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.

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Top Skills used in this Job
Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Top Abilities (Attributes of the person that influence performance in this job.)
Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

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