A mechanical technician works with engineers to develop and test manufacturing equipment.

Are you a whiz with cars? Still enjoy playing with Legos? As a mechanical technician, you’ll put those interests to use in the real world, working with manufacturing equipment on the production floor. You’ll use your own set of tools to repair and maintain all the machines used throughout the manufacturing process. You might work with engineers and designers, bringing a different perspective to the design and engineering process. Whatever your task, you can be sure you’ll be surrounded by machines and tools all day long.

Mechanical technicians spend most of their time maintaining and repairing advanced manufacturing machines. This means spending your days around loud, potentially dangerous equipment, so you’ll need to keep in mind the safety procedures at your company. You’ll be reading gauges and using that data to interpret issues with the machines, and you’ll report finished projects to a maintenance or production manager, so you’ll need a solid grasp of visual, written, and oral communication skills.

Because you’ll be working with complicated machine parts and tools, it will be very important that you maintain your knowledge of mechanical technology. You’ll be using drills, grinders, and other tools to bring equipment back into fully operating mode, then running tests to make sure things work as they should. Everyday will bring a new task and a new machine to fix.

Although most employers offer on-the-job training, previous experience, training, or education will help you secure a great job. Look for an apprenticeship, certification program, or Associate’s degree in mechanical technology.

Also Known As:

Mechanical Engineering Technician, Mechanical Designer

Critical Skills


  • Comprehend and Follow Visual, Written, and Oral Instructions
  • Mechanical Tools, Equipment, and Systems
  • Precision
  • Safety Regulations and Procedures


  • Analytical Thinking
  • Communication - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking/Oral
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Operation and Control
  • Problem Solving
  • Quality Assurance
  • Teamwork
  • Technology Design
  • Working with Technology

Key Responsibilities

  • Collect visual and written data from equipment to analyze parts performance
  • Devise, fabricate, and assemble mechanical components
  • Inspect and repair machines and systems
  • Operate drill press, grinders, engine lathe, or other machines to modify parts tested or to fabricate experimental parts for testing
  • Review instructions and blueprints to check for compliance with specifications and objectives
  • Set up and conduct tests of complete units and components
  • Record test procedures, data, and recommendations for changes in product or test methods

Special Requirements

  • Physical Strength and Dexterity


  • Handyman/Fixing Things

How to get this job

Complete Associate's degree, PMP Certification, Lean/Six Sigma Certification, leadership training, get strong communications skills.

Next Steps for this job

Experience is needed so start with entry level positions while completing educational requirements.

Specific job titles and duties vary by employer so check for details.