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Working As An Automation Control Technician

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $53,340

    Average Salary

What Does An Automation Control Technician Do

Electro-mechanical technicians combine knowledge of mechanical technology with knowledge of electrical and electronic circuits. They operate, test, and maintain unmanned, automated, robotic, or electromechanical equipment.

Duties

Electro-mechanical technicians typically do the following:

  • Read blueprints, schematics, and diagrams to determine the method and sequence of assembly of a part, machine, or piece of equipment
  • Verify dimensions of parts, using precision measuring instruments, to ensure that specifications are met
  • Operate metalworking machines to make housings, fittings, and fixtures
  • Inspect parts for surface defects
  • Repair and calibrate hydraulic and pneumatic assemblies 
  • Test the performance of electro-mechanical assemblies, using test instruments
  • Install electronic parts and hardware, using soldering equipment and hand tools
  • Operate, test, or maintain robotic equipment
  • Analyze and record test results, and prepare written documentation

Electro-mechanical technicians test and operate machines in factories and other worksites. They also analyze and record test results, and prepare written documentation to describe the tests they did and what the test results were.

Electro-mechanical technicians install, maintain, and repair automated machinery and equipment in industrial settings. This kind of work requires knowledge and training in the application of photonics, the science of light. The technological aspects of the work have to do with the generating, controlling, and detecting of the light waves so that the automated processes can proceed as designed by the engineers.

Electro-mechanical technicians also test, operate, or maintain robotic equipment at worksites. This equipment may include unmanned submarines, aircraft, or similar types of equipment for uses including oil drilling, deep-ocean exploration, or hazardous-waste removal.

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How To Become An Automation Control Technician

Electro-mechanical technicians typically need either an associate’s degree or a postsecondary certificate.

Education

Associate’s degree programs and postsecondary certificates for electro-mechanical technicians are offered at vocational–technical schools and community colleges. Vocational–technical schools include postsecondary public institutions that serve local students and emphasize teaching the skills needed by local employers. Community colleges offer programs similar to those in technical institutes, but they may include more theory-based and liberal arts coursework.

ABET accredits associate’s and higher degree programs. Most associate’s degree programs that are accredited by ABET include at least college algebra and trigonometry, as well as basic science courses.

ABET-accredited programs offer training in engineering technology specialties. In community college programs, prospective electro-mechanical technicians can concentrate in fields such as the following:

  • Electro-mechanics
  • Industrial maintenance
  • Computer-integrated manufacturing
  • Mechatronics

Earning an associate’s degree in electronic or mechanical technology facilitates entry into a bachelor’s degree programs in electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. For more information, see the profiles on electrical and electronics engineers and mechanical engineers.

Training in mechatronics provides an understanding of four key systems on which this occupation works: mechanical systems, electronic systems, control systems, and computer systems.

Important Qualities

Detail oriented. Electro-mechanical technicians must make and keep the precise, accurate measurements that mechanical engineers need.

Dexterity. Electro-mechanical technicians must be able to use hand tools and soldering irons on small circuitry and electronic parts to create detailed electronic components by hand.

Interpersonal skills. Electro-mechanical technicians must be able to take instruction and offer advice when needed. In addition, they often need to coordinate their work with that of others.

Logical-thinking skills. To carry out engineers’ designs, inspect designs for quality control, and assemble prototypes, electro-mechanical technicians must be able to read instructions and follow a logical sequence or a specific set of rules.

Math skills. Electro-mechanical technicians use mathematics for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Mechanical skills. Electro-mechanical technicians must be able to apply the theory and instructions of engineers by creating or building new components for industrial machinery or equipment. They must be adept at operating machinery, including drill presses, grinders, and engine lathes.

Writing skills. Electro-mechanical technicians must write reports that cover onsite construction, the results of testing, or problems they find when carrying out designs. Their writing must be clear and well-organized so that the engineers they work with can understand the reports.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Electro-mechanical technicians can gain certification as a way to demonstrate professional competence.

The International Society of Automation offers certification as a Certified Control Systems Technician. This requires, at a minimum, 5 years of experience on the job, or 3 years of work experience if the technician has completed 2 years of postsecondary education.

The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) offers certification in electrical power testing, industrial instrumentation, and other specialties.

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Automation Control Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

95.6%

Female

3.2%

Unknown

1.3%
Ethnicity

White

63.3%

Hispanic or Latino

13.4%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

7.7%

Unknown

4.3%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

Carrier

25.0%

French

25.0%

Automation Control Technician Education

Schools

Community College of the Air Force

11.5%

Drexel University

7.7%

Ranken Technical College

7.7%

Grantham University

7.7%

Metropolitan Community College

7.7%

Greenville Technical College

3.8%

Western Washington University

3.8%

HVAC Technical Institute

3.8%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.8%

Brown University

3.8%

Motlow State Community College

3.8%

Gwinnett Technical College

3.8%

Georgia Northwestern Technical College - Floyd County Campus

3.8%

Lincoln Technical Institute

3.8%

University of Colorado Denver

3.8%

Stonehill College

3.8%

Tarrant County College District

3.8%

Lee College

3.8%

Troy University

3.8%

ITT Technical Institute-Phoenix

3.8%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

31.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

17.2%

Industrial Technology

6.5%

Information Technology

4.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

4.3%

Mechanical Engineering

3.2%

Mechatronics And Robotics

3.2%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

3.2%

Business

3.2%

Drafting And Design

2.2%

Computer Information Systems

2.2%

Music

2.2%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.2%

Health Care Administration

2.2%

Computer Science

2.2%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

2.2%

Computer Networking

2.2%

Project Management

2.2%

Electrical/Electronics Maintenance And Repair Technology

2.2%

Computer Engineering

2.2%
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Degrees

Other

34.2%

Bachelors

26.7%

Associate

20.8%

Certificate

8.3%

Masters

6.7%

Diploma

2.5%

License

0.8%
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Top Skills for An Automation Control Technician

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  1. PLC
  2. Automation Systems
  3. Control Systems
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Experience with repairs using PLC programming in Basic C language to troubleshoot linear automated robotic controls.
  • Designed and installed automation and control systems for numerous types of building network and internet applications.
  • Trouble shooting and repair of production machines and associated electrical equipment.
  • Installed commercial HVAC controls, various security access systems, closed circuit TV for security uses and small networks for professional use
  • Design automation systems for proper equipment function including electronic control systems hardware and human machine interface (HMI).

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