Electro-Mechanical Technicians

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About the Job

Operate, test, maintain, or calibrate unmanned, automated, servo-mechanical, or electromechanical equipment. May operate unmanned submarines, aircraft, or other equipment at worksites, such as oil rigs, deep ocean exploration, or hazardous waste removal. May assist engineers in testing and designing robotics equipment.

It is also Called

  • Automation Technician
  • Certified Control Systems Technician
  • Electrician
  • Electro-Mechanic
  • Electromechanical Assembler
  • Electromechanical Equipment Tester
  • Electro-Mechanical Technician (E/M Technician)
  • Electronic Instrument Technician
  • Electronic Technician
  • Laboratory Technician

What They Do

  • Operate, test, or maintain robotic equipment used for green production applications, such as waste-to-energy conversion systems, minimization of material waste, or replacement of human operators in dangerous work environments.
  • Develop, test, or program new robots.
  • Train others to install, use, or maintain robots.
  • Repair, rework, or calibrate hydraulic or pneumatic assemblies or systems to meet operational specifications or tolerances.
  • Verify part dimensions or clearances to ensure conformance to specifications, using precision measuring instruments.
  • Analyze and record test results, and prepare written testing documentation.
  • Inspect parts for surface defects.
  • Align, fit, or assemble component parts, using hand or power tools, fixtures, templates, or microscopes.
  • Install electrical or electronic parts and hardware in housings or assemblies, using soldering equipment and hand tools.
  • Read blueprints, schematics, diagrams, or technical orders to determine methods and sequences of assembly.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RIC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Investigative and Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Engineering and Technology - 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.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

LMI Region

Wages

In 2012, the average annual wage in United States was $53,480 with most people making between $33,360 and $76,590

Outlook

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During 2010, this occupation employed approximately 16,000 people in United States. It is projected that there will be 16,000 employed in 2020.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 3,000 replacement openings for approximately 3,000 total annual openings.