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Automotive Engineering Technicians

Assist engineers in determining the practicality of proposed product design changes and plan and carry out tests on experimental test devices or equipment for performance, durability, or efficiency.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Document test results, using cameras, spreadsheets, documents, or other tools.
    • Set up mechanical, hydraulic, or electric test equipment in accordance with engineering specifications, standards, or test procedures.
    • Read and interpret blueprints, schematics, work specifications, drawings, or charts.
    • Inspect or test parts to determine nature or cause of defects or malfunctions.
    • Analyze test data for automotive systems, subsystems, or component parts.
    • Monitor computer-controlled test equipment, according to written or verbal instructions.
    • Install equipment, such as instrumentation, test equipment, engines, or aftermarket products, to ensure proper interfaces.
    • Perform or execute manual or automated tests of automotive system or component performance, efficiency, or durability.
    • Maintain test equipment in operational condition by performing routine maintenance or making minor repairs or adjustments as needed.
    • Analyze performance of vehicles or components that have been redesigned to increase fuel efficiency, such as camless or dual-clutch engines or alternative types of air-conditioning systems.
    • Improve fuel efficiency by testing vehicles or components that use lighter materials, such as aluminum, magnesium alloy, or plastic.
    • Fabricate new or modify existing prototype components or fixtures.
    • Order new test equipment, supplies, or replacement parts.
    • Recommend product or component design improvements, based on test data or observations.
    • Recommend tests or testing conditions in accordance with designs, customer requirements, or industry standards to ensure test validity.
    • Test performance of vehicles that use alternative fuels, such as alcohol blends, natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, biodiesel, nano diesel, or alternative power methods, such as solar energy or hydrogen fuel cells.
    • Participate in research or testing of computerized automotive applications, such as telemetrics, intelligent transportation systems, artificial intelligence, or automatic control.
    • Build instrumentation or laboratory test equipment for special purposes.

    Skills

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    6
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    Knowledge

    • 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.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 53180/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 25.57/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 2,520
    • Yearly Projected Openings 250

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Cooperation
    • Adaptability/Flexibility

    Tools

    • Tension testers
    • Oscilloscopes
    • Compression testers
    • Chemical absorption gas analyzers
    • Calipers

    Technology

    • Electronic mail software
    • Development environment software
    • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Analytical or scientific software
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