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Working As A Control Systems Technician

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $69,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Control Systems Technician Do

Computer networks are critical parts of almost every organization. Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks. They organize, install, and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.

Duties

Network and computer systems administrators typically do the following:

  • Determine an organization’s network and computer system needs before setting one up
  • Install all network hardware and software and make needed upgrades and repairs
  • Maintain network and computer system security and ensure that all systems are operating correctly
  • Collect data in order to evaluate and optimize network or system performance
  • Add users to a network and assign and update security permissions on the network
  • Train users in the proper use of hardware and software
  • Interpret and solve problems when a user or an automated monitoring system alerts them that one exists

Administrators manage an organization’s servers and desktop and mobile equipment. They ensure that email and data storage networks work properly. They also make sure that employees’ workstations are working efficiently and stay connected to the central computer network. Some administrators manage telecommunication networks.

In some cases, administrators help network architects design and analyze network models. They also participate in decisions about buying future hardware or software to upgrade their organization’s network. Some administrators provide technical support to computer users, and they also may supervise computer support specialists who help solve users’ problems.

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How To Become A Control Systems Technician

Most employers require network and computer systems administrators to have a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. Others may require only a postsecondary certificate.

Education

Although some employers require only a postsecondary certificate, most require a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. There are degree programs that focus on computer network and system administration. However, because administrators work with computer hardware and equipment, a degree in computer engineering or electrical engineering usually is acceptable as well. Programs in these fields usually include classes in computer programming, networking, or systems design.

Because network technology is continually changing, administrators need to keep up with the latest developments. Many continue to take courses throughout their careers and attend information technology (IT) conferences to keep up with the latest technology. Some businesses require that an administrator get a master’s degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification programs are generally offered directly from vendors or from vendor-neutral certification providers. Certification validates knowledge and best practices required from network and computer systems administrators. Companies may require their network and computer systems administrators to be certified in the product they use. Microsoft and Cisco offer some of the most common certifications.

Other Experience

To gain practical experience, many network administrators participate in internship programs while in school.

Advancement

Network administrators can advance to become computer network architects. They can also advance to managerial jobs in information technology (IT) departments, such as computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Administrators need analytical skills to evaluate network and system performance and determine how changes in the environment will affect them.

Communication skills. Administrators must be able to describe problems and their solutions to non-IT workers.

Computer skills. Administrators oversee the connections of many different types of computer equipment and must ensure that they all work together properly.

Multitasking skills. Administrators may have to work on many problems and tasks at the same time.

Problem-solving skills. Administrators must be able to quickly resolve any problems that arise with computer networks.

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Control Systems Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

76.7%

Female

14.1%

Unknown

9.3%
Ethnicity

White

59.0%

Hispanic or Latino

16.3%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

9.2%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.2%

German

7.7%

French

7.7%

Russian

7.7%

Korean

7.7%

Chinese

3.8%

Bosnian

3.8%

Serbian

3.8%

Welsh

3.8%

Thai

3.8%

Croatian

3.8%
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Control Systems Technician Education

Schools

Community College of the Air Force

26.6%

University of Phoenix

10.1%

The Academy

7.1%

University of Maryland - University College

5.9%

Pennsylvania State University

4.7%

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

4.7%

Western Governors University

4.1%

University of Oklahoma

4.1%

A-Technical College

3.6%

Colorado Technical University

3.0%

American InterContinental University

3.0%

Purdue University

3.0%

Strayer University

3.0%

Kaplan University

3.0%

University of South Florida

2.4%

Michigan State University

2.4%

New England Institute of Technology

2.4%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

2.4%

Webster University

2.4%

San Diego State University

2.4%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

19.0%

Business

15.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

11.9%

Accounting

6.3%

Information Technology

5.5%

Computer Science

4.9%

Computer Information Systems

4.2%

Mechanical Engineering

3.5%

General Studies

3.2%

Automotive Technology

3.1%

Medical Technician

2.9%

Aviation

2.7%

Electromechanical Instrumentation And Maintenance Technologies/Technicians

2.5%

Management

2.5%

Music

2.4%

Computer Networking

2.2%

Education

2.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.0%

Criminal Justice

1.8%

Computer Engineering

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

32.5%

Associate

24.2%

Other

23.0%

Masters

13.3%

Certificate

4.1%

Diploma

1.8%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.5%
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Average Yearly Salary
$69,000
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$37,000
Min 10%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$128,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Apple
Highest Paying City
Cupertino, CA
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
4.2 years
How much does a Control Systems Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Control Systems Technician in the United States is $69,736 per year or $34 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $37,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $128,000.

Real Control Systems Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Distribution Control Systems Controller Kentz USA, Inc. Kemmerer, WY Jan 15, 2011 $197,600
Anchor Systems Controller Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Nov 16, 2009 $100,375
Controls Systems Technician Dey Pharma, L.P. Napa, CA Sep 15, 2011 $81,171
Controls Systems Technician Dey Pharma, LP Napa, CA Sep 15, 2011 $81,171
Controls Systems Technician The Fountain Group Raleigh, NC Nov 28, 2011 $75,591
Controls Tech Foreign Automation System Prime Tool, LLC Madison, AL Aug 01, 2013 $50,000
Control's Tech Foreign Automation Systems Prime Tool LLC Madison, AL Dec 01, 2012 $50,000
Controls Tech Foreign Automation System Prime Tool, LLC Madison, AL Dec 01, 2012 $50,000

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Top Skills for A Control Systems Technician

  1. PLC
  2. Non-Emergency Calls
  3. Preventative Maintenance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Wired all PLC connections and control circuits to NEC specifications and tested proper system operation prior to shipping for customer installation.
  • Monitor direct emergency alarms, answer non-emergency calls for assistance.
  • Receive work tickets for preventative maintenance and perform various calibrations and repairs of unit instrumentation.
  • Utilize Facility System Assessment networks and ability to read and understand schematics/blueprints to support personnel to become proactive.
  • Developed version control procedures for database manipulations and CAD drawings.

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Top 10 Best States for Control Systems Technicians

  1. Wyoming
  2. Alaska
  3. North Dakota
  4. West Virginia
  5. Montana
  6. Oklahoma
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