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

  • Winder
  • Unmanned Equipment Operator
  • Tester
  • Test Technician
  • Robotics Testing Technician
  • Robotic Welder
  • Remotely Piloted Vehicle Engineering Technician
  • Remotely Piloted Vehicle Controller (RPV Controller)
  • Product Test Specialist
  • Process Engineering Technician
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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.
  • Operate metalworking machines to fabricate housings, jigs, fittings, or fixtures.
  • 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.

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.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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 2014, the average annual wage in New Jersey was $61,940 with most people making between $39,580 and $97,290

Outlook

0.24%
avg. annual growth

During 2012, this occupation employed approximately 420 people in New Jersey. It is projected that there will be 430 employed in 2022.

This occupation will have about 1 openings due to growth and about 9 replacement openings for approximately 10 total annual openings.