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What Does an Electrical Mechanical 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.

How To Become an Electrical Mechanical 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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Average Salary$47,921
Job Growth Rate1%

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Average Salary for an Electrical Mechanical Technician

Electrical Mechanical Technicians in America make an average salary of $47,921 per year or $23 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $70,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $32,000 per year.
Average Salary
$47,921

Best Paying Cities

City
Average Salary
Newark, DE
Salary Range40k - 71k$54k$53,710
Chicago, IL
Salary Range40k - 69k$53k$53,209
Newark, NJ
Salary Range38k - 71k$52k$52,435
Germantown, MD
Salary Range38k - 67k$51k$50,645
Greenville, NC
Salary Range37k - 64k$50k$49,507
San Mateo, CA
Salary Range36k - 65k$49k$48,996
$33k
$71k

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Electrical Mechanical Technician Demographics

Gender

male

89.9 %

female

5.6 %

unknown

4.5 %

Ethnicity

White

63.5 %

Hispanic or Latino

16.4 %

Black or African American

9.2 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

39.1 %

Vietnamese

13.0 %

German

13.0 %
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Electrical Mechanical Technician Education

Degrees

Associate

38.4 %

Bachelors

18.6 %

High School Diploma

18.4 %

Top Colleges for Electrical Mechanical Technicians

1. Northeastern University

Boston, MA • Private

In-State Tuition
$51,522
Enrollment
13,760

2. California State University - Long Beach

Long Beach, CA • Public

In-State Tuition
$6,798
Enrollment
31,503

3. Purdue University

West Lafayette, IN • Public

In-State Tuition
$9,992
Enrollment
33,495

4. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Pomona, CA • Public

In-State Tuition
$7,353
Enrollment
24,841

5. Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Tallahassee, FL • Public

In-State Tuition
$5,785
Enrollment
7,711

6. Minnesota State University - Mankato

Mankato, MN • Public

In-State Tuition
$8,184
Enrollment
11,675

7. Milwaukee School of Engineering

Milwaukee, WI • Private

In-State Tuition
$40,749
Enrollment
2,582

8. Texas A&M University

College Station, TX • Public

In-State Tuition
$11,870
Enrollment
53,194

9. Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC • Public

In-State Tuition
$3,926
Enrollment
9,835

10. University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA • Public

In-State Tuition
$19,080
Enrollment
19,127
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Top Skills For an Electrical Mechanical Technician

The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 22.8% of electrical mechanical technicians listed electrical systems on their resume, but soft skills such as dexterity and writing skills are important as well.

Best States For an Electrical Mechanical Technician

Some places are better than others when it comes to starting a career as an electrical mechanical technician. The best states for people in this position are Alaska, New York, Hawaii, and Rhode Island. Electrical mechanical technicians make the most in Alaska with an average salary of $60,095. Whereas in New York and Hawaii, they would average $58,651 and $56,870, respectively. While electrical mechanical technicians would only make an average of $55,703 in Rhode Island, you would still make more there than in the rest of the country. We determined these as the best states based on job availability and pay. By finding the median salary, cost of living, and using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Location Quotient, we narrowed down our list of states to these four.

1. Alaska

Total Electrical Mechanical Technician Jobs:
70
Highest 10% Earn:
$87,000
Location Quotient:
1.27
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

2. North Dakota

Total Electrical Mechanical Technician Jobs:
177
Highest 10% Earn:
$76,000
Location Quotient:
2.01
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

3. Nevada

Total Electrical Mechanical Technician Jobs:
264
Highest 10% Earn:
$86,000
Location Quotient:
1.23
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
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Top Electrical Mechanical Technician Employers

1. Halliburton
4.8
Avg. Salary: 
$62,292
Electrical Mechanical Technicians Hired: 
39+
2. United States Navy
3.8
Avg. Salary: 
$39,343
Electrical Mechanical Technicians Hired: 
13+
3. Baker Hughes, a GE company
4.8
Avg. Salary: 
$62,298
Electrical Mechanical Technicians Hired: 
12+
4. Georgia-Pacific
4.2
Avg. Salary: 
$52,111
Electrical Mechanical Technicians Hired: 
11+
5. Boeing
4.9
Avg. Salary: 
$83,054
Electrical Mechanical Technicians Hired: 
10+
6. Lockheed Martin
4.9
Avg. Salary: 
$83,962
Electrical Mechanical Technicians Hired: 
10+

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Updated October 2, 2020