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Working As A Controls 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

  • $50,390

    Average Salary

What Does A Controls Technician Do

A Controls Technician's role involves the installation, calibration, and maintenance of automated industrial machinery. They are responsible for completing service calls in addition to working on larger projects.

How To Become A Controls 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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Controls Technician Career Paths

Controls Technician
Systems Engineer Program Manager General Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Senior Manager Senior Project Manager
Construction Consultant
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Operations Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Systems Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Technical Support Specialist Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Project Engineer Production Manager
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Controls Engineer Engineering Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Systems Engineer Engineering Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Information Technology Manager Operations Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Leader Business Analyst
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Engineer Project Engineer
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Controls Engineer Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Branch Manager Assistant Vice President
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Controls Technician Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    81.9%
  • Female

    16.7%
  • Unknown

    1.4%

Ethnicity

  • White

    80.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    11.4%
  • Asian

    6.3%
  • Unknown

    1.6%
  • Black or African American

    0.5%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    53.6%
  • Carrier

    11.3%
  • German

    6.0%
  • French

    4.2%
  • Arabic

    4.2%
  • Portuguese

    3.6%
  • Mandarin

    1.8%
  • Russian

    1.8%
  • Italian

    1.8%
  • Chinese

    1.8%
  • Vietnamese

    1.2%
  • Somali

    1.2%
  • Navajo

    1.2%
  • Cantonese

    1.2%
  • Japanese

    1.2%
  • Dakota

    1.2%
  • Polish

    1.2%
  • Swedish

    0.6%
  • Marathi

    0.6%
  • Hindi

    0.6%
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Real Controls Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
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 -
$300,000
Global Technical Regulatory Controller GE Capital Corporation Norwalk, CT Apr 10, 2013 $200,000 -
$300,000
Technical Controller GE Capital Corporation Norwalk, CT Jul 01, 2011 $180,000 -
$220,000
Controller, SEC Reporting and Technical Accounting Verifone Holdings, Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 24, 2010 $150,000 -
$165,000
Technology Life Strategic Controller The Northern Trust Company Chicago, IL May 01, 2016 $140,000 -
$150,000
Technology Life Strategic Controller The Northern Trust Company Chicago, IL Jun 01, 2014 $130,000 -
$145,000
Technology Life Strategic Controller The Northern Trust Company Chicago, IL Feb 11, 2013 $130,000 -
$145,000
Technology Life Strategic Controller The Northern Trust Company Chicago, IL Jan 28, 2013 $130,000 -
$145,000
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 -
$115,000
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 -
$70,250
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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Top Skills for A Controls Technician

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Top Controls Technician Skills

  1. PLC
  2. Trouble Shooting
  3. Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Diagnose system failures using PLC and field instruments.
  • Performed trouble shooting on room unit and power plants when needed.
  • Completed all OSHA and Environmental Safety and Health regulation training.
  • Participated in various projects to streamline agency procedures for maximized efficiency and increased agency productivity.
  • Availed design and installation of energy control systems, processed bids and performed materials procurement.

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