What is this job like?
Engineering technicians solve technical problems. Some help engineers and scientists do research and development. They build or set up equipment. They do experiments. They collect data and calculate results. They might also help to make a model of new equipment. Some technicians work in quality control. They check products, do tests, and collect data. In manufacturing, they help to design and develop products. They also find ways to produce things efficiently.
Most technicians focus on one type of engineering. For example, some focus on civil engineering. They help engineers to plan bridges and roads. They might also get data about traffic.
Other technicians focus on electrical engineering. They help to design or test electronics.
Most engineering technicians work about 40 hours a week. They work in labs, offices, factories, or on construction sites. Some might be exposed to dangerous materials.
How do you get ready?
People who have a 2-year college degree in engineering technology have the best chance of getting a job. But some people train in the Armed Forces. And some people get a job after taking some college classes in science, engineering, and math. High school students who want this job should take as many science and math courses as they can.
Many engineering technicians help with design. This takes creativity. Technicians often work as part of a team. So, they must be able to work well with others.
Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
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