Experience Requirements Overview

  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
  • A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
  • Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
  • Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

Education, Training and Experience

Required Level of Education: Bachelor's Degree

Related Work Experience: Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years

On-Site or In-Plant Training: Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months

On-the-Job Training: Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months

Detailed Work Activities

  • Document design or operational test results.
  • Train personnel on proper operational procedures.
  • Provide technical guidance to other personnel.
  • Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance.
  • Supervise engineering or other technical personnel.
  • Create graphical representations of mechanical equipment.
  • Maintain operational records or records systems.
  • Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment.
  • Implement design or process improvements.
  • Research engineering applications of emerging technologies.
  • Select tools, equipment, or technologies for use in operations or projects.
  • Design electromechanical equipment or systems.
  • Design industrial processing systems.
  • Design control systems for mechanical or other equipment.
  • Develop software or computer applications.
  • Develop technical methods or processes.
  • Design environmental control systems.
  • Monitor the productivity or efficiency of industrial operations.
  • Calibrate scientific or technical equipment.
  • Estimate technical or resource requirements for development or production projects.
  • Select project materials.
  • Analyze design or requirements information for mechanical equipment or systems.
  • Create physical models or prototypes.
  • Estimate operational costs.

Work Values

Achievement

Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Working Conditions

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Recognition

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Relationships

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

Support

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.

Independence

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Tasks

  • Create mechanical design documents for parts, assemblies, or finished products.
  • Design advanced precision equipment for accurate or controlled applications.
  • Design engineering systems for the automation of industrial tasks.
  • Implement or test design solutions.
  • Maintain technical project files.
  • Identify materials appropriate for mechatronic system designs.
  • Research, select, or apply sensors, communication technologies, or control devices for motion control, position sensing, pressure sensing, or electronic communication.
  • Apply mechatronic or automated solutions to the transfer of materials, components, or finished goods.
  • Provide consultation or training on topics such as mechatronics or automated control.
  • Oversee the work of contractors in accordance with project requirements.
  • Publish engineering reports documenting design details or qualification test results.
  • Upgrade the design of existing devices by adding mechatronic elements.
  • Create mechanical models to simulate mechatronic design concepts.
  • Analyze existing development or manufacturing procedures and suggest improvements.
  • Determine the feasibility, costs, or performance benefits of new mechatronic equipment.
  • Develop electronic, mechanical, or computerized processes to perform tasks in dangerous situations, such as underwater exploration or extraterrestrial mining.
  • Monitor or calibrate automated systems, industrial control systems, or system components to maximize efficiency of production.
  • Create embedded software design programs.
  • Design advanced electronic control systems for mechanical systems.
  • Design self-monitoring mechanical systems, such as gear systems that monitor loading or condition of systems to detect and prevent failures.
  • Design or develop automated control systems for environmental applications, such as waste processing, air quality, or water quality systems.
  • Design, develop, or implement control circuits or algorithms for electromechanical or pneumatic devices or systems.
  • Design mechatronics components for computer-controlled products, such as cameras, video recorders, automobiles, or airplanes.

Work Styles

Achievement/Effort

Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

Persistence

Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

Initiative

Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

Leadership

Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

Cooperation

Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

Concern for Others

Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

Social Orientation

Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

Self-Control

Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

Stress Tolerance

Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high-stress situations.

Adaptability/Flexibility

Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

Dependability

Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

Attention to Detail

Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

Integrity

Job requires being honest and ethical.

Independence

Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

Innovation

Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

Analytical Thinking

Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

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