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OCCUPATIONAL GROUPINGS

FOR ADVANCED MANUFACTURING

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MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

TECHNOLOGIES:

Mechanical engineering technicians must be able to apply

mechanical engineering theory and principles to calibrate,

develop, alter or test machinery and equipment under the

direction of the engineering staff. Some of the typical tasks of a

mechanical engineering technician include component testing, part

performance analysis, component fabrication and assembly, and

blueprint and design analysis based on design objectives.

MECHATRONICS:

Mechatronics stems from blending mechanical and electronics

in a relatively new approach to product design and development,

merging the principles of electrical, mechanical, computer and

industrial engineering. Mechatronic systems are often referred

to as “smart” devices because of the incorporation of sensors,

actuators and computer control systems. Mechatronics has become

synonymous with products that exhibit fast, precise performance.

A mechatronics engineer unites the principles of mechanics,

electronics, and computing to generate a simpler, more economical

and reliable system.

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

TECHNOLOGIES:

The role of Electrical Engineering technicians can be as varied

as the workplaces they find themselves in: a pristine lab environment,

a fabrication company, or a consulting firm. Job growth is anticipated

by virtue of constant emerging technologies. Electrical Engineering

technicians are prepared to research, design, develop, test and

supervise the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment,

components, or systems for commercial, industrial and scientific

use. They test and modify developmental and operational electrical

machinery, electrical control equipment, and circuitry in industrial and

commercial plants and laboratories.

TOOLING AND MACHINING:

The precision machining industry is one of the most technologically

advanced fields. Machinists with the proper skill sets are in high

demand as a result of their training in quality control and metrology.

Computer numerically controlled (“CNC”) machines are employed

in most modern-day machine shops and mass production facilities

to increase accuracy and efficiency when forming metal parts.

CNC machining, laser and water jet technology, electric discharge

machining (“wire EDM”), computer aided design (“CAD”), computer

aided manufacturing (“CAM”) design, and manufacturing programs

are all examples of this cutting edge technology. Highly specialized,

skilled machinists are helping to meet the rising local and global

demand of innovative products and technologies.