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Become An Automation Control Technician

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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 At Brown and Caldwell

* Design, program, commission, and troubleshoot process control systems including:
* PLC IO database and control logic
* HMI process, control, monitoring, and diagnostics graphics
* Historian and reports
* Profibus, EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP and other fieldbus networks
* Work and communicate effectively with other disciplines, task leaders, and project managers.
* Work and communicate comfortably and effectively with client programmers and contractors.
* Additional responsibilities may include:
* Perform submittal reviews from contractors, vendors, and system integrators.
* Perform QA/QC review of sub-consultant work.
* Produce effective and accurate written documents, reports, and technical memorandums.
* Develop control strategies that document the control logic to be configured in the control system.
* Develop instrumentation and controls designs (specifications, control system schematic diagrams, wiring diagrams, and P&IDs

What Does An Automation Control Technician Do At Casto Technical Services

* Responsible for the installation, commissioning, diagnosis, and repair of building control systems, utilizing knowledge of electronics, direct digital control, airflow, hydronics, refrigeration theory, and control techniques.
* Other functions may be assigned by the BAS Manager.
* Responsible for end to end testing, downloading programming, starting up, commissioning, and servicing on assigned projects
* Analyzes, diagnoses, and repairs direct digital control systems at customer's location
* Performs preventative maintenance, site surveys, replacement, and modifications as needed or requested by customers

What Does An Automation Control Technician Do At The Hunton Group

* Responsible for installing and servicing products and equipment on assigned projects and ensuring customer satisfaction.
* Uses a variety of hand tools and laptop computers, following blueprints or engineering specifications, to install, diagnose, repair, and program HVAC equipment.
* Identifies, analyzes, diagnoses and repairs instruments and products at a customer's location.
* Performs preventive maintenance, site surveys, replacement, and modifications as needed or requested by customers.
* Prepares for on-site installation and repairs by examining building layout, anticipating difficulties, gathering materials and coordinating on-site work, as necessary.
* Inspects vehicles by checking vehicle condition and literature supplies.
* Maintains equipment by inspecting for signs of wear (maladjustment, mis-calibration, malfunction, and drift).
* Documents work by completing paperwork on each job and maintaining files.
* Represents company by serving as a direct customer contact.
* Supports HVAC Field Technicians by providing technical assistance and offering guidance.
* Provides training and follow-up training at a customer's site.
* Utilizes project plans to prioritize and schedule work sequences.
* Determines parts to order for repairs and timeliness of need.
* Provides technical support to customers

What Does An Automation Control Technician Do At Elkay

Review and modify existing equipment as required to meet safety and ergonomic requirements

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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.


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


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Portuguese

  • Carrier

  • French

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Real Automation Control Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Control and Automation Scientist National Oilwell Varco L.P. Houston, TX Sep 05, 2015 $100,000
Technical Professional-Automation and Control Wood Group Mustang, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 10, 2014 $79,040
Automation Control Associate Accenture LLP Houston, TX Jun 13, 2016 $77,480
Automation Control Associate Accenture LLP Houston, TX Jul 29, 2016 $77,480
Automation and Controls Technologist Umicore USA, Inc. Catoosa, OK Oct 01, 2012 $65,000

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Top Skills for An Automation Control Technician


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Top Automation Control Technician Skills

  1. Program Plcs
  2. Control/Automation Systems
  3. Hvac
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Program PLCs (programmable logic controllers) using Rockwell Automation software and various communication protocols i.e.
  • Analyzed and diagnosed problems/issues with customer HVAC computer controls systems, repairing the issues remotely online or on customer's site.
  • Service Technician, Responsible for troubleshooting and repairing electrical and software problems with automated systems at customer facility.
  • Program total flow, HMI's & networking systems.
  • Worked as Automation and Controls Technician on Building Automation, Energy Management Systems and Chiller Control.

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