What does a Chief Engineering Technician do?

Engineering technicians assist engineers with research and development, quality control, or design. They specialize in various industries, including civil, industrial, and mechanical, and usually work under professional engineers’ supervision. They may work in laboratories, construction sites, offices, or industrial and manufacturing plants and assist engineers with research and development, quality control, and design. They work alongside scientists or quality assurance inspectors and help them create products, improve manufacturing methods, and maintain assembly systems.

Engineering technicians discuss initial project instructions or changes in drafting, design, manufacturing, and assembly with appropriate team members during the testing phase of a process or product. They review project instructions to identify requirements regarding fabrication, assembly, and testing. Engineering technicians need a strong background in math, science, and computer skills and an associate's degree or other training including certification as an engineering technician.

What responsibilities are common for Chief Engineering Technician jobs?
  • Manage equipment suppliers through all phases of projects.
  • Operate hand tools, power tools, ladders, and test equipment.
  • This position requires work in the office and outdoors.
  • Control the equipment needed for use in the prototype area.
  • Act as technical resource to customers and field employees.
  • Strong aptitude in preparing neat and accurate sketches, field notes and field maps.
  • Provide technical support for equipment installation, set-up, and troubleshooting.
  • Provide input on the manufacturability of existing and new products.
  • Assist in, and may initiate more complex analysis and implementations.
  • Evaluate, diagnose, troubleshoot cabling infrastructure systems and perform repairs as necessary.
  • Analyze plans, specifications, and contract details to determine system requirements.
  • Maintain daily log of construction and inspection activities and complete reports daily.
  • Participate in or leads the development of roadmaps related to their area(s) of expertise to manage and meet identified technology needs.
  • Develop or assist in development of test and work procedures.
  • May begin to provide technical guidance to other engineering technicians.
  • May assist with scheduling and dispatch of technicians to project sites.
  • Observe and record site conditions, activities, and construction quality.
  • Regular attendance in accordance with established work schedule is mandatory.
  • Select and adapt procedures to current assignments with instructions.
  • Perform a variety of duties in the electronic, mechanical, electromechanical, or optical areas.
  • Provide support for standard and routine tasks, record data and follow procedures.
What are the typical qualifications for Chief Engineering Technician jobs?
  • Associate's or Bachelor's Degree in electrical engineering, computer science, engineering or mechanical engineering, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience with CAD, CNC, AutoCad, PLC, R Language, and C software and systems.
  • A problem solver dedicated to continuous improvement.
  • Familiar with calibration, surveying, drawing, firing, and computing.
  • Comfortable and well-versed in giving technical assistance.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills.
  • Is a critical thinker.
  • Experience with enterprise resource planning.
Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience5-7 years

Engineering Salaries

Average Base Pay

$79,113 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
See More Insights
Not enough salaries reported to show distribution
See More Insights
Glassdoor Estimated Salary

Chief Engineering Technician Career Path

Learn how to become a Chief Engineering Technician, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

Senior Staff Engineering Technician
Chief Engineering Technician
Chief Engineering Technician

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
2 - 4
5 - 7
Not including years spent in education and/or training

Chief Engineering Technician Insights

Read what Chief Engineering Technician professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
General Dynamics Land SystemsGeneral Dynamics Land Systems
Engineering Specialist
Jan 20, 2021

“GDLS is a placed you go to collect a good paycheck and raise a family.”

Engineering Specialist
Mar 11, 2022

“You get to work with a great team with really good experience in the field.”

Tech MahindraTech Mahindra
Engineering Specialist
Jan 15, 2021

“Negotiate a good salary to start because don't expect increases unless you have a job offer elsewhere.”

Senior Equipment Engineer
Apr 26, 2021

“Management changes frequently so you have to be very proactive to take your career where you want it.”

Owens CorningOwens Corning
Senior Engineering Specialist
Jul 15, 2020

“I didn't feel valued as an individual didn't see any opportunities for growth.”

Engineering Technician II
Apr 19, 2022

“Great avenues for career development and leadership as well aids and pushes associates to achieve certifications to do more and make more.”

Advance Testing Co IncAdvance Testing Co Inc
Engineering Technician
Aug 29, 2021

“Hours are not guaranteed and the pay is not the best.”

Visual Lighting TechnologiesVisual Lighting Technologies
Engineering Technician
Jul 8, 2021

“Both owners are abusive and impossible to work with.”

See More

Chief Engineering Technician Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Chief Engineering Technician

The most similar professions to Chief Engineering Technician are:
  • Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Production Engineer
  • Process Engineer

Related Careers

No skills overlap
Project Engineer
No skills overlap
Production Engineer
No skills overlap
Process Engineer
No skills overlap

Chief Engineering Technician jobs