Mechanical Engineering Technician/Draftsperson

Mechanical engineering technicians and draftspeople carry out and assist with technical support functions in mechanical engineering research, design, manufacture, operations and maintenance of machines, mechanical installations and facilities. They work closely with mechanical engineers, technologists and associates in all stages of planning, design, maintenance and production.

Personal requirements of a mechanical engineering technicians and draftspeople may include:

  • Enjoy technical and engineering activities
  • Willing to accept responsibility and to supervise other people
  • Interested in machinery design and application
  • Accurate worker
  • Able to work as part of the team

Mechanical engineering technicians and draftspeople may complete the following tasks:

  • Develop drawings in the design process for new machinery or equipment
  • Design precision equipment, machine tools and production machinery
  • Collect and analyse data, carrying out complex computations and preparing diagrams
  • Preparing drawings, plans and designs for mechanical engineering work under the direction of mechanical engineers and engineering technologists
  • Assemble and install new and modified mechanical assemblies, components, machine tools and controls, and hydraulic power systems
  • Perform and direct field and laboratory tests

Entry requirements in this occupation are usually the completion of an apprenticeship with a Certificate III in Engineering-Technical. Further studies may be required to lead to a career as a mechanical engineering associate, technologist or professional engineer.

In addition, once you have completed you apprenticeship you have the option to specialise as boiler testing technicians, hydraulic control technicians, mechanical detail drafters, mechanical engineering drafters, pipe testing technicians or tool design detail drafters.

Mechanical engineering draftspeople and technicians are employed across several industries including the energy and technical service industry.