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Working As A Robot Technician

  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • $54,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Robot 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 Robot 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 Yearly Salary
$54,000
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$28,000
Min 10%
$54,000
Median 50%
$54,000
Median 50%
$54,000
Median 50%
$54,000
Median 50%
$54,000
Median 50%
$54,000
Median 50%
$54,000
Median 50%
$104,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Euro-Pro Management Company
Highest Paying City
Needham, MA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.2 years
How much does a Robot Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Robot Technician in the United States is $54,465 per year or $26 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $28,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $104,000.

Real Robot Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Robotics Technologist California Institute of Technology/Jet Propulsion Laboratory Pasadena, CA Jun 09, 2016 $118,705
Robotics Technologist California Institute of Technology/Jet Propulsion Laboratory Pasadena, CA Jan 12, 2016 $110,032
Robotics Technician Extreme Automation, Inc. Howell, MI Oct 01, 2009 $72,002
Robotics Technicians Seung Kwang LLC Montgomery, AL May 20, 2016 $56,950
Robotics Technicians Seung Kwang LLC Montgomery, AL Oct 13, 2016 $56,950
Robotics Technicians Seung Kwang LLC Montgomery, AL Dec 16, 2016 $56,950
Robotics Technician Daesin Robot LLC Opelika, AL Jun 30, 2015 $43,971
Robot Technician Rosco, Inc. NY Jun 04, 2008 $40,279

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Top Skills for A Robot Technician

  1. Robotic
  2. Fanuc Robots
  3. PLC
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed data entry into robotic computer interface to program robotic manipulation as required for specific functions.
  • Create universal planes/boundaries for p-1000 fanuc robots in paint pro software to be implemented in the new paint shop.
  • Programmed industrial PLC automation systems for various manufacturing and coating applications.
  • Trouble shooting problems with weld robots, changing liners, fixing wire drive, changing components, changing points.
  • Performed preventative maintenance, modification of equipment to improve reliability and increased line through put.

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Top 10 Best States for Robot Technicians

  1. Wyoming
  2. North Dakota
  3. Alaska
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Vermont
  6. Nevada
  7. West Virginia
  8. Montana
  9. Colorado
  10. Maine
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Robot Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

81.3%

Female

9.7%

Unknown

9.1%
Ethnicity

White

66.2%

Black or African American

12.2%

Hispanic or Latino

11.6%

Asian

7.0%

Unknown

3.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

42.9%

German

14.3%

French

10.7%

Japanese

7.1%

Portuguese

3.6%

Chinese

3.6%

Amharic

3.6%

Dakota

3.6%

Dari

3.6%

Russian

3.6%

Polish

3.6%
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Robot Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.3%

Macomb Community College

8.2%

Oakland Community College

7.2%

Spartanburg Technical College

5.2%

Ashford University

5.2%

Vincennes University

5.2%

Terra State Community College

5.2%

Baker College

5.2%

Washtenaw Community College

5.2%

Colorado Technical University

5.2%

Texas State Technical College - Waco

4.1%

Tri-County Technical College

4.1%

Chattanooga State Community College

4.1%

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College

4.1%

Gadsden State Community College

4.1%

Morehead State University

4.1%

Lawrence Technological University

4.1%

Hinds Community College

3.1%

Wayne State University

3.1%

Universal Technical Institute

3.1%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

18.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

13.3%

Business

10.7%

Mechatronics And Robotics

9.5%

Computer Science

6.2%

Industrial Technology

5.0%

Precision Metal Working

4.4%

General Studies

4.0%

Electromechanical Instrumentation And Maintenance Technologies/Technicians

3.6%

Mechanical Engineering

3.6%

Automotive Technology

3.2%

Information Technology

2.4%

Education

2.2%

Drafting And Design

2.0%

Pharmacy

2.0%

Electrical/Electronics Maintenance And Repair Technology

2.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.0%

Engineering

2.0%

Computer Information Systems

1.8%

Computer Networking

1.8%
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Degrees

Other

34.0%

Associate

29.7%

Bachelors

18.0%

Certificate

10.5%

Masters

4.3%

Diploma

2.9%

License

0.3%

Doctorate

0.3%
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