23-Mechanical engineering technicians

Job Title: 

Mechanical engineering technicians

Job Description: 

Apply theory and principles of mechanical engineering to install, modify, develop, test, calibrate or solve problems in machinery and equipment. Maybe undertaken in consultation with engineering professionals, physical scientists or other allied occupations.


Mechanical engineering technicians perform technical tasks to aid in mechanical engineering research, and in the design, manufacture, assembly, testing, commissioning, troubleshooting, construction, operation, maintenance and repair of machines, components and mechanical plant and equipment.


Job activities and tasks include:

  • providing technical assistance in research on and development of machines and mechanical installations, facilities and components, or testing prototypes
  • designing and preparing layouts of machines and mechanical installations, facilities and components according to the specifications given
  • preparing detailed estimates of quantities and costs of materials and labour required for manufacture and installation according to the specifications given
  • monitoring technical aspects of manufacture, utilization, maintenance and repair of machines and mechanical installations, facilities and components to ensure satisfactory performance and compliance with specifications and regulations
  • developing and monitoring the implementation of safety standards and procedures for marine survey work in relation to ships? hulls, equipment and cargoes
  • assembling and installing new and modified mechanical assemblies, components, machine tools and controls, and hydraulic power systems
  • conducting tests of mechanical systems, collecting and analyzing data, and assembling and installing mechanical assemblies in support of mechanical engineers
  • ensuring that mechanical engineering designs and finished work are within specifications, regulations and contract provisions

Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications

  • 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
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods
  • Mechanical systems and equipment - Knowledge of mechanical equipment and materials, equipment maintenance and troubleshooting processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective installation, repair and maintenance of mechanical systems, installations and equipment
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models
  • Mechanical Engineering Fundamentals - Knowledge of mechanical engineering principles and concepts, theories, techniques and processes related to designing, testing, troubleshooting, using, repairing, and maintaining mechanical systems, installations and equipment
  • Coordination of Material Resources - Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of oneself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems
  • 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
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
  • Time Management - Managing one?s own time and the time of others
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly measure and estimate exact positions
  • English (Technical) Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the engineering related technical English terminologies
  • Information Communications Technology - Knowledge and use of relevant engineering applications and programs
  • -Team work or individual - job may require him/her to work alone or in conjunction with engineers, contractors, architects and scientists
  • Work Context: 

    Usually work regular hours, but may have to work weekends, shift work or be on call work. They work in commercial or industrial establishments and sometimes work in teams or individually. May involve work on new, part or old systems, equipment and components in hot, dusty, isolated or remote locations. It may require regular travel between various locations or sites to conduct work. There also may be occasions for extensive physical work to be performed.


    Certificate or Diploma in mechanical engineering, higher qualification or equivalent.

    Required Work Experience: 

    3 - 4 years and above.

    Probable Employers: 

    Masdar, Abu Dhabi Distribution Company, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC), Etihad Rail, Atlas Telecom, Al Taif, ADNOC, TRANSCO, ADWEA, DEWA, Emirates Steel, EMAL, DUCAB, DUBAL, Mubadala Oil and Gas

    Occupational Size: 
    More than 5,000 and less than 30,000
    Expected Earnings: 

    Higher than the industry average

    Projected Growth: 
    Alternate Titles: 

    Examples of job titles:
    Aeronautics engineering technician - Marine engineering technician - Mechanical engineering technician - Mechanical engineering estimator
    Examples of some related occupations:
    Industrial machinery mechanic - Mechanical machinery assembler
    Other training in technical areas may be obtained in the Armed Forces. Many military technical training programs are highly regarded by employers. Engineering technicians usually begin by performing routine duties under the close supervision of an experienced technician, technologist, engineer, or scientist. As they gain experience, they are given more difficult assignments with only general supervision. Some engineering technicians eventually become supervisors.

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    Source Of Info: 
    Occupations and Careers Handbook for UAE Nationals(Copyright NQA ). Referenced from New York University, Abu Dhabhi