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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:
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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Hispanic or Latino11.4%
Black or African American0.5%
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University of Phoenix19.9%
Community College of the Air Force17.2%
Greenville Technical College3.9%
Central Texas College3.7%
American InterContinental University3.4%
University of Maryland - University College3.2%
Idaho State University2.9%
Colorado Technical University2.9%
Texas A&M University2.9%
Northern Virginia Community College2.9%
Tidewater Community College2.7%
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|Global Technical Regulatory Controller||GE Capital Corporation||Norwalk, CT||May 08, 2015||$297,500|
|Technical Controller||GE Capital Corporation||Norwalk, CT||Jul 01, 2014||$215,000|
|Global Technical Regulatory Controller||GE Capital Corporation||Norwalk, CT||Oct 15, 2012||$200,000 -
|Global Technical Regulatory Controller||GE Capital Corporation||Norwalk, CT||Apr 10, 2013||$200,000 -
|Technical Controller||GE Capital Corporation||Norwalk, CT||Jul 01, 2011||$180,000 -
|Controller, SEC Reporting and Technical Accounting||Verifone Holdings, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jun 24, 2010||$150,000 -
|Technology Life Strategic Controller||The Northern Trust Company||Chicago, IL||May 01, 2016||$140,000 -
|Technology Life Strategic Controller||The Northern Trust Company||Chicago, IL||Jun 01, 2014||$130,000 -
|Technology Life Strategic Controller||The Northern Trust Company||Chicago, IL||Feb 11, 2013||$130,000 -
|Technology Life Strategic Controller||The Northern Trust Company||Chicago, IL||Jan 28, 2013||$130,000 -
|Senior Odor Control Technologist||Ch2M Hill, Inc.||Austin, TX||Oct 19, 2009||$127,067|
|Senior Odor Control Technologist||Ch2M Hill, Inc.||Austin, TX||Oct 19, 2010||$127,067|
|Systems Analyst, Product Control Technology||Barclays Services Corp.||New York, NY||Aug 09, 2016||$125,500|
|Info. SEC. Continuity of BUS. & Controls Tech. SPE||Citigroup Technology, Inc.||Irvine, CA||Jan 07, 2014||$123,000|
|Network Control Technician (SR Technician-Networ||Verizon Business Network Services Inc.||San Francisco, CA||May 11, 2010||$98,687|
|Controller-Information Technology||Chryso, Inc.||Rockwall, TX||Aug 15, 2016||$97,000|
|Info. SEC. Continuity of BUS. & Controls Tech. SPE||Citicorp Credit Services, Inc. (USA)||Warren, NJ||Aug 31, 2011||$95,000|
|Computer Aided Design Automation Technologist||Praxair, Inc.||Tonawanda, NY||Sep 08, 2014||$89,712|
|Computer Aided Design Automation Technologist||Praxair, Inc.||Tonawanda, NY||Aug 07, 2015||$89,712|
|CAD Automation Technologist||Praxair, Inc.||Tonawanda, NY||Aug 27, 2013||$87,099|
|Senior Automation Technician||Unilin North America, LLC||Holden, WV||Oct 01, 2014||$86,819|
|Infrastructure Automation Tech Lead||Halvik Corp||Alexandria, VA||Dec 16, 2015||$71,885 -
|Network Control Technician||SBLI Corporation||Duluth, GA||Oct 06, 2016||$68,682|
|Electronic Control Technician||S-L Snacks Nc, LLC||Charlotte, NC||Nov 02, 2016||$67,454|
|Controls Technician||Bosch Packaging Services, Inc.||Raleigh, NC||Oct 13, 2015||$65,250 -
|Principal Automation Technician||Mobis Alabama, LLC||Montgomery, AL||Jan 12, 2015||$64,626|
|Network Control Technician III||Integra Telecom Holdings, Inc.||Vancouver, WA||Nov 01, 2013||$62,005|
|Network Control Technician III||Integra Telecom Holdings, Inc.||Vancouver, WA||Jan 11, 2013||$62,005|
|Controls Technician||International Energy Conservation Systems, Inc.||Norcross, GA||Mar 12, 2010||$62,000|
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