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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, engineering technicians use the principles and theories of science, engineering and mathematics to solve technical problems in research and development, manufacturing, sales, construction, inspection and maintenance. Many engineering technicians assist engineers and scientists, especially in research and development. Others work in quality control, inspecting products and processes, conducting tests or collecting data. In manufacturing, they may assist in product design, development or production.
Engineering technicians who work in research and development build or set up equipment; prepare and conduct experiments; collect data; calculate or record results; and help engineers or scientists in other ways, such as making prototype versions of newly designed equipment. They also assist in design work, often using computer-aided design and drafting equipment.
About 35 percent of all engineering technicians work in manufacturing, mainly in the computer and electronic equipment, transportation equipment and machinery manufacturing industries. Another 25 percent work in professional, scientific and technical service industries, mostly in engineering or business services companies that do engineering work on contract for government, manufacturing firms or other organizations.
Most engineering technicians work 40 hours a week in laboratories, offices, manufacturing or industrial plants or on construction sites. Some may be exposed to hazards from equipment, chemicals or toxic materials.
Engineering Technology provides career-ready skills for immediate entry into a competitive job market; skills sets will vary according to your area of specialization.
America’s Career Infonet gives detailed information about the skills, abilities and work activities of the following engineering technicians and entry-level positions:
According to America’s Career Infonet, these occupations include the following salaries across Texas:
If you plan to earn a bachelor’s degree in engineering, please ask your academic advisor about ensuring that you follow a transferrable associate degree plan.
With a bachelor’s degree or higher in an engineering-related field, consider these careers:
America’s Career Infonet gives detailed information about the skills, abilities and work activities of the following engineering-related careers in Texas: