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Engineers/Eng. Technicians

200 new positions on the Virginia Peninsula from 2012 to 2016

Start: $ 21.99/hr. $ 47,500/yr.
Ave: $ 42.94/hr. $ 89,300/yr.


Peninsula Worklink, Virginia Employment Commission

New Horizons Regional Education Center, Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School, Thomas Nelson Community College (certificate, apprenticeship), ECPI University, Old Dominion University

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Job Description: Apply knowledge of materials and engineering theory and methods to design, integrate, and improve manufacturing systems or related processes. May work with commercial or industrial designers to refine product designs to increase productivity and decrease costs.

Education Needed: Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree

Career Pathway: Most employers prefer to hire engineering technicians with a two-year associate degree or other postsecondary training in engineering technology. Training is available at technical institutes, at community colleges, at extension divisions of colleges and universities, at public and private vocationaltechnical schools and in the Armed Forces. Although it may be possible to qualify for certain engineering technician jobs without formal training, workers with less formal engineering technology training need more time to learn skills while on the job. Prospective engineering technicians should take as many high school science and math courses as possible to prepare for programs in engineering technology after high school. Vocationaltechnical schools, another source of technical training, include postsecondary public institutions that serve local students and emphasize training needed by local employers. Most schools that offer training to become an engineering technician require a high school diploma or its equivalent for admission. Many military technical training programs are highly regarded by employers, however, skills acquired in military programs are often narrowly focused and may be less applicable in civilian industry, which often requires broader training. Therefore, some additional training may be needed, depending on the acquired skills and the kind of job. Engineering technicians usually begin by performing routine duties under the close supervision of an experienced technician, technologist, engineer or scientist. As they gain experience, they are given more difficult assignments with only general supervision. Some engineering technicians eventually become supervisors.

WorkKeys Scores Needed:: Silver level: Applied Math (4), Reading for Information (4), Locating Information (4) and Observation (4)

October 31, 2020


1) Review Essential Skills Below.  Take our skills check up to see how you qualify against employer standards.

2) Visit Peninsula Worklink, Virginia Employment Commission to learn about education and training programs.

3) Current employers of record for Engineers/Eng. Technicians:
Alcoa-Howmet Hampton, Canon Virginia, Inc., Liebherr Mining Equipment Co. (Liebherr-America, Inc.), Continental AG Newport News (Siemens VDO), PrintPack, Inc. (Rampart Packaging Division)

Essential Skills for Engineers/Eng. Technicians

Technical Skills
Engineering: knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Equipment Maintenance: performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Equipment Selection: determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Judgment and Decision Making: considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions, choose the most appropriate one.
Operation and Control: controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Operation Monitoring: watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Operations Analysis: analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Quality Assurance: e.g., SPC, ISO, supplier certification.
Quality Control Analysis: conducting tests and inspections of products, services or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Systems Analysis: determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations and the environment will affect outcomes.
Systems Evaluation: identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Technology Design: knowledge of design techniques, tools and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings and models.
Troubleshooting: determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

Easily translates a word problem in to a computational one.
Adds and subtracts whole numbers, including negative numbers.
Changes numbers from one form to another using whole numbers, fractions, decimals or percentages.
Converts simple calculations with money, volume, length and weight.
Adds, subtracts, multiplies and divides all units of measurement.
Combines ratio, rate and percentage. Draws and interprets bar graphs. Performs mathematical calculations using decimals and fractions.
Calculates area, perimeter and volume of various shapes (rectangle, triangle and circle). Solves calculations with two unknowns. Plans jobs using complex measurement (simple fractions of a millimeter) and coordinate geometry. (Basic geometry)
Utilizes applications that require right triangle trigonometry, solving systems of equations in 3 variables, solving quadratic equations; simplifying radicals, simplifying rational expressions; utilizing positive exponents.
Solves problems of velocity, acceleration and variable change using calculus (derivatives and/or integration involving 2 variables) in the workplace; topics may include optimization, linear
approximation, velocity.
Collects data for statistical analysis.
Applies statistical analysis of data, topics to include any of the following: analysis of variance, correlation and regression, hypothesis testing, sample size, estimating population mean and
variance, statistical process control. Solves electrical power and associated problems.
Works with advanced calculus and statistics. Uses mathematics to solve engineering problems.

Communicates effectively with customers and fellow employees and speaks well extemporaneously when called on to describe a complex situation in an understandable manner.
Articulates problems and participates in panel discussions and debates.
Listens well and applies what is learned.
Reads and applies safety warnings and simpler equipment instructions and uses manuals and follows directions to solve problems.
Reads and applies information from professional and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.
Utilizes data and research to synthesize and extrapolate information to forecast needs or problems and project implications.
Follows written reporting procedures to write simple unformatted reports for internal-to-the-company consumption, and letters, summaries and reports for external-to-the-company consumption correctly with minimum errors of grammar, spelling and punctuation.
Translates situations into verbal and written descriptions to clarify problems through commentaries, analysis and critiques.

Chemistry: knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques and disposal methods.
Physics: knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical,
atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

Workplace Skills
Creativity, innovation, adaptation: contributes new ideas and adapts to changes in the workplace.
Diversity awareness and application: communicates and works well with customers and coworkers of different ages, genders, races, socioeconomics, ethnicities, and cultural backgrounds.
Personal financial literacy: manages personal finances, budgeting and savings.
Professional ethics: abides by workplace policies and laws and demonstrates personal integrity.
Personal hygiene and safety: follows safety guidelines and manages personal health.

Technology Skills
Computer hardware basics: can set up and connect computer and printer and troubleshoots minor problems as needed.
Data and file management: maintains organized business files and follows management systems and appropriate security practices.
Internet use and safety: uses the Internet appropriately for work-related projects.
Software applications: learns computer applications as needed to do job.
Telecommunications: uses communications devices efficiently.

Professional Skills
Personal appearance: appears neat and clean and presents well as a job applicant or employee or candidate seeking promotion.
Time and resource management: punctual, timely with work deadlines, manages time and other resources well.
Lifelong learning: demonstrates desire for continuous learning and interest in new procedures and technology and in improving skills.
Team player: demonstrates commitment to the success of the team, assists others, requests help when needed and resolves conflicts effectively.
Positive work ethic: arrives ready to work, is supportive of accomplishing tasks at hand, completes work assignments in effective and efficient way and is willing to take on additional tasks.
Reasoning, problem solving: identifies, breaks down, prioritizes and resolves problems that arise in completing assigned tasks.
Locating information: knows how to research, locate, and ethically apply reliable information to solve problems.
Systems thinking: understands his or her role in fulfilling the mission of this workplace. Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation,
human resources modeling, leadership techniques, production methods and coordination of people and resources.