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Become A Mechanical Technician

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Working As A Mechanical Technician

  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Make Decisions

  • $47,785

    Average Salary

What Does A 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.

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How To Become A 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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Real Mechanical Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Mechanical Technology Engineer HH Technology Corp Beverly, MA Sep 30, 2014 $93,900
Mechanical Technical Engineer (Staff Engineer 2) USG Corporation Chicago, IL Mar 16, 2016 $83,700 -
$95,513
Mechanical Technician Translucent, Inc. Wilmington, NC Jul 20, 2016 $75,000
Electro-Mechanical Technician Benjoy America LLC. Doral, FL Mar 18, 2016 $70,000
Mechanical Technician Sugar Technology International Plano, TX Sep 16, 2016 $69,000
Electro-Mechanical Technician I-Master Corporation LaGrange, GA Nov 19, 2015 $65,728
Electro Mechanical Technicians Brooks Automation, Inc. Chelmsford, MA May 02, 2008 $65,000
Electro-Mechanical Technician Asturies Manufacturing Co., Inc. Corona, CA Apr 16, 2015 $63,814
Mechanical Technician Element Plastics Mfg LLC Sugar Land, TX Sep 27, 2016 $63,100
Mechanical Technician Ablecom Computer, Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 17, 2016 $63,000
Electro-Mechanical Technicians Dematic Corp Adelanto, CA Aug 08, 2013 $61,984
Electro-Mechanical Technicians Mark VII Equipment, Inc. Arvada, CO Nov 15, 2007 $60,184
Mechanical Technician Sugar Technology International Plano, TX Sep 16, 2013 $60,008
Electro-Mechanical Technicians Meta Control, LLC Montgomery, AL Oct 21, 2009 $60,000 -
$62,000
Electro-Mechanical Technicians Guyoungtech Tech USA, Inc. Evergreen, AL Dec 01, 2010 $59,000 -
$63,000
Electro-Mechanical Technicians Stanislaus Food Products Company Modesto, CA Aug 29, 2012 $58,645
Electro-Mechanical Technicians Stanislaus Food Products Company Modesto, CA Aug 31, 2012 $58,645
Electro-Mechanical Technician Yesac Alabama Corporation Tallassee, AL May 20, 2010 $57,500 -
$60,000
Electro-Mechanical Technicians Kuka Robotics Corporation Vance, AL May 19, 2010 $57,205
Electro-Mechanical Technicians National Oilwell Varco, L.P. Houston, TX Sep 25, 2014 $57,179
Electro-Mechanical Technician WIZ Tech, Inc. Opelika, AL Jul 21, 2015 $55,000
Electro-Mechanical Technician-Thermoelectrics GMZ Energy, Inc. Waltham, MA Oct 01, 2011 $55,000
Mechanical Technician Aurex Laboratories LLC East Windsor, NJ Aug 31, 2016 $47,570
Electro-Mechanical Technician Integration Technology, Ltd. Chicago, IL May 13, 2010 $47,000
Electro-Mechanical Technicians HACO-Atlantic, Inc. Houston, TX Feb 06, 2014 $46,488 -
$55,000
Electro-Mechanical Technicians Jungheinrich Lift Truck Elk Grove Village, IL Aug 29, 2008 $45,000
Electro-Mechanical Technicians Daewon America, Inc. Opelika, AL Aug 29, 2012 $44,117
Mechanical Technician Palmetto Ford Truck Sales, Inc. Miami, FL May 01, 2008 $43,827
Electro Mechanical Technician Fish Oven & Equipment Corp. FL Nov 17, 2009 $43,702
Mechanical Enginneering Technician Krebs Inc. Falls City, NE Dec 12, 2009 $43,407

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Top Skills for A Mechanical Technician

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Top Mechanical Technician Skills

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Electric Motors
  3. Vehicle
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Reported unusual or unacceptable circumstances and manufacturing procedures, observed regulations, and safety procedures.
  • Diagnosed and restored industrial sized electric motors, vacuum pumps, and oscilloscope.
  • Service, repair and troubleshooting of city buses and staff vehicles
  • Replaced sensors and cables and wires on pressure pumping equipment and preformed regularly scheduled preventive maintenance.
  • Work includes drilling, riveting, using all hand tools to install and remove components per blue prints and drawings.

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