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Careers

Designers & Technicians

Designers are sometimes referred to as Technicians.  They use the principles and theories of science, engineering, and mathematics to solve technical problems in research and development, manufacturing, sales, construction, inspection, and maintenance.

Their work is more specific in scope and application-oriented than that of scientists and engineers. 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.

1.      Architectural Designers and Technicians or AEC Technicians work in the Architectural or Architectural Engineering Construction Fields and generally their work can span the entire design-build processes.   Their work could include creating floor plans, site drawings, architectural renderings, models, construction details and consulting will all subcontractors of the construction industry.

Architectural Technicians may be required to work hand-in-hand with Architects, Engineers, Surveyors and the owner in the creation and construction process.   They also may be required to do estimations, create schedules and specifications related to thier positions and have a wide knowldedge of BIM, Codes and Standards realted to thier area of expertise.

2.       Engineering Designers and Technicians who work in research and development, build or set up equipment; prepare and conduct experiments; collect data; calculate or record results; and help engineers or scientists in other ways, such as making prototype versions of newly designed equipment. They also assist in design work, using the CADD/CAD system utilized by the Drafters and Designers.

Most Engineering Technicians specialize, by working in the same disciplines as engineers. Occupational titles, therefore, tend to reflect engineering specialties. Some schools offer branches of Engineering Technology for which there are accredited programs of study, in which an associate’s or bachelor’s degree may be acquired.

4.       Aerospace Engineering Designers and Operations Technicians construct, test, and maintain aircraft and space vehicles. They may calibrate test equipment and determine causes of equipment malfunctions. Using computer and communications systems, Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians often record and interpret test data.

5.       Civil Engineering Designers and Technicians help Civil Engineers plan and build highways, buildings, bridges, dams, wastewater treatment systems, and other structures, as well as do related research. Some estimate construction costs and specify materials to be used, and some may even prepare drawings or perform land-surveying duties. Others may set up and monitor instruments used to study traffic conditions. (Cost estimators; drafters; and surveyors, cartographers, photogrammetrists, and surveying technicians are specialized areas of this specific field.

6.       Electrical and Electronic Designers and Engineering Technicians help design, develop, test, and manufacture electrical and electronic equipment such as communication equipment; radar, industrial, and medical monitoring or control devices; navigational equipment; and computers. They may work in product evaluation and testing, using measuring and diagnostic devices to adjust, test, and repair equipment.

7.       Electromechanical Engineering Designers and Technicians combine fundamental principles of mechanical engineering technology with knowledge of electrical and electronic circuits to design, develop, test, and manufacture electrical and computer-controlled mechanical systems. Their work often overlaps that of both electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians and Mechanical Engineering Technicians.

8.       Environmental Engineering Designers and Technicians work closely with Environmental Engineers and scientists in developing methods and devices used in the prevention, control, or correction of environmental hazards. They inspect and maintain equipment related to air pollution and recycling. Some inspect water and wastewater treatment systems to ensure that pollution control requirements are met.

9.       Industrial Engineering Designers and Technicians study the efficient use of personnel, materials, and machines in factories, stores, repair shops, and offices. They prepare layouts of machinery and equipment, plan the flow of work, make statistical studies, and analyze production costs.

10.     Mechanical Engineering Designers or Technicians help engineers design, develop, test, and manufacture industrial machinery, consumer products, and other equipment. They may assist in product tests—for example, by setting up instrumentation for auto crash tests. They may make sketches and rough layouts, record and analyze data, make calculations and estimates, and report on their findings. When planning production, Mechanical Engineering Technicians prepare layouts and drawings of the assembly process and of parts to be manufactured. They estimate labor costs, equipment life, and plant space. Some test and inspect machines and equipment or work with engineers to eliminate production problems.