What does an Engineering Technician do?

Engineering technicians assist engineers with research and development, quality control, or design. They specialize in various industries, including civil, industrial, and mechanical, and usually work under professional engineers’ supervision. They may work in laboratories, construction sites, offices, or industrial and manufacturing plants and assist engineers with research and development, quality control, and design. They work alongside scientists or quality assurance inspectors and help them create products, improve manufacturing methods, and maintain assembly systems.

Engineering technicians discuss initial project instructions or changes in drafting, design, manufacturing, and assembly with appropriate team members during the testing phase of a process or product. They review project instructions to identify requirements regarding fabrication, assembly, and testing. Engineering technicians need a strong background in math, science, and computer skills and an associate's degree or other training including certification as an engineering technician.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Engineering Technician Salaries

Average Base Pay

$2,125 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $2K
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Engineering Technician Career Path

Learn how to become an Engineering Technician, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Engineering Technician Insights

Read what Engineering Technician professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
General Dynamics Land SystemsGeneral Dynamics Land Systems
Engineering Specialist
20 Jan 2021

“GDLS is a placed you go to collect a good paycheck and raise a family.”

Tech MahindraTech Mahindra
Engineering Specialist
15 Jan 2021

“Negotiate a good salary to start because don't expect increases unless you have a job offer elsewhere.”

Owens CorningOwens Corning
Senior Engineering Specialist
15 Jul 2020

“I didn't feel valued as an individual didn't see any opportunities for growth.”

Senior Equipment Engineer
26 Apr 2021

“Management changes frequently so you have to be very proactive to take your career where you want it.”

Advance TestingAdvance Testing
Engineering Technician
29 Aug 2021

“Hours are not guaranteed and the pay is not the best.”

Engineering Technician
2 Jul 2020

“the profit sharing is good and the schedule that you work is amazing.”

Visual Lighting TechnologiesVisual Lighting Technologies
Engineering Technician
8 Jul 2021

“Both owners are abusive and impossible to work with.”

Superior Van and MobilitySuperior Van and Mobility
Mobility Technician/Engineer
16 Aug 2021

“Potential for bonuses and additional pay.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of an engineering technician

When working as an engineering technician, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Test Equipment, Windows Server 2008, AutoCAD, Written Communication and Microsoft Office Suite.

The most similar professions to engineering technician are:
  • Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Production Engineer
  • Process Engineer

The most common qualifications to become an engineering technician is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.