Engineering technician find solutions to technical problems for their organization. They are responsible for tasks such as coming up with cost-effective ways to manufacturing new products, finding vendors for components, developing prototypes, performing risk analysis, and coming up with improvements for products that already exist. Engineering technicians also complete design-control documents, test and validate changes, develop 2D and 3D computer models, and create reports that details the costs of manufacturing a product. These professionals must be able to write quality control documents, test and record the performance of each product design, and perform other tasks depending on the technician's specific field.
Engineering technicians are generally found working at the desk for most of the work day, but they may have to work in other areas of the workplace in order to test new products. They generally work full time during regular business hours, but overtime may occasionally be required. Being able to meet strict project deadlines is essential in this position.
To become an engineering technician, an individual must have one to three years in engineering experience and postsecondary education in an engineering area (such as at a vocational school). These technicians must be able to read and understand complex data, have excellent time-management skills, and be team-oriented. They should also be creative, have knowledge of computer-aided design (CAD) programs, and be able to research solutions on their own.
Engineer Technician Tasks
Use computer-aided design (CAD) software to create schematics and designs.
Build, assemble, or prototype products or systems to enable documentation, feasibility tests and training.
Write tests, test protocols, and specifications for results to test products or systems.