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Mechanical Engineering Technician

Mechanical engineering technicians work as skilled professionals and managers in various technical areas of a mechanical engineering company, such as design, development, production planning, production control, and quality management. In the industry, technicians traditionally serve as a link between the supervisors and the engineers. However, there is a significant overlap in job responsibilities and competencies, making it difficult to assign a clear hierarchy. In day-to-day work, technicians are also employed in engineering positions.

Mechanical Engineering Technician Job Profile

What Is A Mechanical Engineering Technician?

Mechanical engineering technicians work as skilled professionals and managers in various technical areas of a mechanical engineering company, such as design, development, production planning, production control, and quality management. In the industry, technicians traditionally serve as a link between the supervisors and the engineers. However, there is a significant overlap in job responsibilities and competencies, making it difficult to assign a clear hierarchy. In day-to-day work, technicians are also employed in engineering positions.

What Career Fields Are Available?

As a mechanical engineering technician, you can work in many areas of a company.

These include the following areas:

  • Procurement

  • Production planning

  • Assembly

  • Maintenance

  • Sales

  • Service

  • Research and development

What Tasks Does A Technician In Mechanical Engineering Have?

Technicians in the fields of mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology design, calculate, and construct machines and systems of all kinds together with engineers. They coordinate various tasks and take on constructive detailed work. In manufacturing and assembly, they ensure efficient and timely workflow. They also oversee and optimize process flows, as well as the use of materials and machines, and monitor product quality. Additionally, they maintain operational facilities and develop maintenance concepts. Their tasks also include procurement and timely provision of materials and operating supplies. They can also work in application and customer consulting, where they gather information about technical issues at the customer’s site, create offers, handle complaints, and analyze fault reports.

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Why Is It Worthwhile To Become A Technician In Mechanical Engineering?

  • The mechanical engineering technician remains the most popular and in-demand degree among technician degrees.

  • Germany enjoys an international reputation in mechanical engineering, leading to outstanding job opportunities in this industry.

  • More and more large industrial companies are actively seeking mechanical engineering technicians as they can best address the shortage of skilled workers after engineers.

  • As a mechanical engineering technician, you assume significant responsibility, and your everyday work is highly diverse, with constant opportunities for further education.

  • Women have particularly good prospects for an excellent career and well-paid positions in mechanical engineering.

What Role Does Digitalization Play In This?

The progressing digitalization is changing job fields and requirements in the world of work and professions. Technicians in the field of mechanical engineering have the opportunity to engage with the following technologies, processes, or systems:

  • Development of 3D printing prototypes for assemblies, devices, and plant components.

  • Measurement of automated production facilities and their surroundings before relocation or conversion measures using 3D laser scanning.

  • Development and testing of new production processes, machine and plant components using 3D simulation.

  • Monitoring of production processes through apps (e.g., networking of manufacturing facilities).

  • Control and monitoring of automation systems using data glasses or tablets through augmented reality operations.

How Do You Become A Technician In Mechanical Engineering?

The vocational training to become a state-certified technician in the field of mechanical engineering is regulated by technical schools and is evaluated by the government.

The training extends over a period of 2 years full-time or 3-4 years part-time and includes a state final examination.

How Much Does A Mechanical Engineering Technician Earn?

Mechanical engineering technicians earn an average gross salary of around 4,422 euros per month. If they work 40 hours per week, this corresponds to an hourly wage of approximately 25.50 euros. With part-time employment of 30 hours per week, the monthly gross income is reduced to around 3,317 euros.

In companies bound by collective agreements, mechanical engineering technicians receive their salary according to the collective agreement of the IG Metall (metalworkers’ union). In the main step of pay group 8, employees earn between 2,884 euros and 4,266 euros gross per month, depending on the federal state.

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