Engineering Technology Careers

Many engineering technicians assist engineers and scientists, especially in research and development. Others work in quality control, inspecting products and processes, conducting tests or collecting data. In manufacturing, they may assist in product design, development or production.

About 35% of all engineering technicians work in manufacturing, mainly in the computer and electronic equipment, transportation equipment and machinery manufacturing industries. Another 25% work in professional, scientific and technical service industries, mostly in engineering or business services companies that do engineering work on contract for government, manufacturing firms or other organizations.

Most engineering technicians work 40 hours a week in laboratories, offices, manufacturing or industrial plants or on construction sites. Some may be exposed to hazards from equipment, chemicals or toxic materials.

What Skills Do I Need?

  • A strong foundation in science and math
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • The ability to be a flexible, self-directed team player
  • Solid computer literacy
  • Excellent communication skills
  • The desire and ability to stay current in work skills
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • A sense of responsibility to get the job done right
  • An aptitude for technology and electronics
  • Good hand-eye coordination

Salaries and Projected Job Growth

According to CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, these occupations include the following salaries across the Dallas metropolitan area:

Job Median Hourly Rate Median Annual Salary Projected Growth Through 2024
CNC machine tool programmers$23.59$49,070+15%
Electro-mechanical technicians$26.05
Electronics engineering technicians
Mechanical engineering technicians$25.61

Engineering-Related Careers Requiring Further Education

If you plan to earn a bachelor’s degree in engineering, please consult with an advisor to make sure you follow a transferrable associate degree plan.

See more about Engineering Degrees for Transfer.