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General Engineering Technician / Technologist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A General Engineering Technician or Technologist implements designs created by engineers to build products, machines or prototypes for manufacturing, install technical systems, or manage a production or construction process. May direct engineering technicians.

Job Outlook

There were 919 General Engineering Technician / Technologist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 26726 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the General Engineering Technician / Technologist industry, which includes the General Engineering Technician / Technologist career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new General Engineering Technician / Technologist jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $59,664.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $60,646.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for General Engineering Technician / Technologist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $48,259.

Education and Experience

Posted General Engineering Technician / Technologist jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree25.74%
Bachelor's Degree30.16%
Master's Degree7.54%
Doctoral Degree1.6%
Other29.78%

Posted General Engineering Technician / Technologist jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years46.95%
3 to 5 years37.25%
6 to 8 years9.24%
9+ years6.56%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills General Engineering Technician / Technologist positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication (28.51%)
  • Management (20.03%)
  • Operations (19.42%)
  • Troubleshooting (Problem Solving) (18.95%)
  • Research (13.59%)
  • Microsoft Office (11.35%)
  • Writing (11.34%)
  • Planning (11.23%)
  • Microsoft Excel (10.85%)
  • Detail Oriented (10.85%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Civil Engineering (14.78%)
  • Construction (27.29%)
  • AutoCAD (16.66%)
  • Engineering Design Process (9.49%)
  • Surveying (13.03%)
  • Machinery (8.42%)
  • Test Equipment (14.18%)
  • Mechanical Engineering (6.3%)
  • Computer-Aided Design (16.91%)
  • Project Management (25.32%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Nuclear Density Gauge (5.52%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with General Engineering Technician / Technologist skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Engineering Technician
  • Research Technologist
  • Engineering Assistant
  • Corrosion Technician
  • Engineer in Training
  • Engineering Technologist
  • Engineering Intern
  • Engineering Aide
  • Engineer
  • Field Engineer

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most General Engineering Technician / Technologist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Terracon Consultants (860)
  • Actalent (563)
  • Black & Veatch (274)
  • Randstad (245)
  • State Of Texas (214)
  • Leidos (198)
  • Raytheon Technologies (181)
  • Tesla (179)
  • Honeywell International (176)
  • Pennsylvania State University (172)

North Carolina

  • State of North Carolina (69)
  • Actalent (45)
  • N.C Department Of Transportation (40)
  • Terracon Consultants (30)
  • Duke Energy (27)
  • Black & Veatch (25)
  • Leidos (24)
  • S&Me (18)
  • WSP Global (14)
  • North Carolina Dept Of Transportation (14)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!