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Apply theory and principles of mechanical engineering to modify, develop, test, or calibrate machinery and equipment under direction of engineering staff or physical scientists.
 Tools & Technology
 Tools used in this occupation:
 
  • Milling machines
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  • Extruders
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  • Injection molding machines
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  • Vacuum molding machines
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  • Positioning jig
  •  Technology used in this occupation:
     
  • Computer aided design CAD software
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  • Analytical or scientific software
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  • Industrial control software
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  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
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  • Development environment software
  •  Tasks
     
  • Prepare parts sketches and write work orders and purchase requests to be furnished by outside contractors.
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  • Draft detail drawing or sketch for drafting room completion or to request parts fabrication by machine, sheet or wood shops.
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  • Review project instructions and blueprints to ascertain test specifications, procedures, and objectives, and test nature of technical problems such as redesign.
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  • Review project instructions and specifications to identify, modify and plan requirements fabrication, assembly and testing.
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  • Devise, fabricate, and assemble new or modified mechanical components for products such as industrial machinery or equipment, and measuring instruments.
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  • Discuss changes in design, method of manufacture and assembly, and drafting techniques and procedures with staff and coordinate corrections.
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  • Set up and conduct tests of complete units and components under operational conditions to investigate proposals for improving equipment performance.
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  • Inspect lines and figures for clarity and return erroneous drawings to designer for correction.
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  • Analyze test results in relation to design or rated specifications and test objectives, and modify or adjust equipment to meet specifications.
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  • Evaluate tool drawing designs by measuring drawing dimensions and comparing with original specifications for form and function using engineering skills.
  •  Skills
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
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  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
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  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
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  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
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  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  •  Knowledge
     
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
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  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
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  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
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  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
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  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
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     Education & Training
      Education:   Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
      Related Experience:   Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
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     Wage Information
     
    Region Average Entry Level  Mid-Range 
    Annual  Hourly 
    Statewide $69,862.00 $33.59  $23.45  $25.93 - $41.77 
    Bridgeport/Stamford $61,325.00 $29.48  $19.88  $21.76 - $33.34 
    Danbury $67,938.00 $32.67  $20.75  $23.07 - $42.98 
    Hartford $75,280.00 $36.19  $24.37  $28.34 - $44.22 
    New Haven $70,004.00 $33.66  $20.77  $23.31 - $43.96 
    New London/Norwich $68,464.00 $32.91  $24.65  $26.29 - $39.99 
     Occupation Outlook ( 2014 - 2024 )
    Average Annual Job Openings:   40
      Employment in this occupation is expected to grow much faster than average, and the number of annual openings will offer very good job opportunities.
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