Mechanical Engineering Technician apprenticeship

Description of an apprenticeship as a Mechanical Engineering Technician

Mechanical Engineering Technician apprenticeship

DOT code: 007.161-026, O*NET code: 17-3027.00

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Apply theory and principles of mechanical engineering to modify, develop, and test machinery and equipment under direction of engineering staff or physical scientists.

Work process schedule

Task Hours
A. Blueprint reading 500
B. Reading schematics and symbols 600
C. Basic shop math 600
D. Making measurements 600
E. Working with metals in the plant 500
F. Working with non-metals in the plant 400
G. Plant safety 500
H. Basic pneumatics 600
I. Pneumatics troubleshooting 400
J. Basic hydraulics 600
K. Hydraulic troubleshooting 400
L. Welding principles 500
M. Gas welding processes 600
N. Arc welding processes 600
O. Drafting and sketching 600
(Every 2,000 hours =
one year) total hours:

Related technical instruction

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires 150 hours each year of related technical instruction which must be mastered by the apprentice in order to successfully complete the program. For further information, please call the Division of Apprentice Standards at (617) 626-5409.