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Working As A Robot Technician

  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Make Decisions

  • $83,609

    Average Salary

What Does A Robot Technician Do

Electrical and electronics engineering technicians help engineers design and develop computers, communications equipment, medical monitoring devices, navigational equipment, and other electrical and electronic equipment. They often work in product evaluation and testing, using measuring and diagnostic devices to adjust, test, and repair equipment. They are also involved in the manufacture and deployment of equipment for automation.

Duties

Electrical engineering technicians typically do the following:

  • Put together electrical and electronic systems and prototypes
  • Build, calibrate, and repair electrical instruments or testing equipment
  • Visit construction sites to observe conditions affecting design
  • Identify solutions to technical design problems that arise during the construction of electrical systems
  • Inspect designs for quality control, report findings, and make recommendations
  • Draw diagrams and write specifications to clarify design details of experimental electronics units

Electrical engineering technicians install and maintain electrical control systems and equipment, and modify electrical prototypes, parts, and assemblies to correct problems. When testing systems, they set up test equipment and evaluate the performance of developmental parts, assemblies, or systems under simulated conditions. They then analyze test information to resolve design-related problems.

Electronics engineering technicians typically do the following:

  • Design basic circuitry and draft sketches to clarify details of design documentation, under engineers’ direction
  • Build prototypes from rough sketches or plans
  • Assemble, test, and maintain circuitry or electronic components according to engineering instructions, technical manuals, and knowledge of electronics
  • Adjust and replace defective circuitry and electronic components
  • Make parts, such as coils and terminal boards, by using bench lathes, drills, or other machine tools

Electronics engineering technicians identify and resolve equipment malfunctions and then work with manufacturers to get replacement parts. They also calibrate and perform preventative maintenance on equipment and systems.

These technicians often need to read blueprints, schematic drawings, and engineering instructions for assembling electronic units. They also write reports and record data on testing techniques, laboratory equipment, and specifications.

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How To Become A Robot Technician

Electrical and electronics engineering technicians typically need an associate’s degree.

Education

Programs for electrical and electronics engineering technicians usually lead to an associate’s degree in electrical or electronics engineering technology. Vocational–technical schools include postsecondary institutions that serve local students and emphasize training needed by local employers.

Community colleges offer programs similar to those in technical institutes but include more theory-based and liberal arts coursework. Some of these colleges allow students to concentrate in computer electronics, industrial electronics, or communications electronics.

Prospective electrical and electronics engineering technicians usually take courses in ANSI C, C++ programming, Java programming, physics, microprocessors, and circuitry. The Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET accredits programs that include at least college algebra, trigonometry, and basic science courses.

Important Qualities

Logical-thinking skills. Electrical and electronics engineering technicians must isolate and then identify problems for the engineering staff to work on. They need good reasoning skills to identify and fix problems. Technicians must also be able to follow a logical sequence or specific set of rules to carry out engineers’ designs, inspect designs for quality control, and put together prototypes.

Math skills. Electrical and electronics engineering technicians use math for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Mechanical skills. Electronics engineering technicians in particular must be able to use hand tools and soldering irons on small circuitry and electronic parts to create detailed electronic components by hand.

Observational skills. Electrical engineering technicians sometimes visit construction sites to make sure that electrical engineers’ designs are being carried out correctly. They are responsible for evaluating projects onsite and reporting problems to engineers.

Problem-solving skills. Electrical and electronics engineering technicians create what engineers have designed and often test the designs to make sure that they work. Technicians help to resolve any problems that come up in carrying out the engineers’ designs.

Writing skills. These technicians must write reports about 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

The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) offers certification in electrical power testing. This certification would benefit those technicians working in the electric power generation, transmission, and distribution industry.

ETA International also offers certifications in several fields, including basic electronics, biomedical, and renewable energy.

The International Society of Automation offers certification as a Control Systems Technician. To gain such certification, technicians must demonstrate skills in pneumatic, mechanical, and electronic instrumentation. In addition, they must demonstrate an understanding of process control loops and process control systems.

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Robot Technician Career Paths

Robot Technician
Controls Engineer Project Manager Construction Manager
Commissioning Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Controls Engineer Instrumentation Engineer Electrical Project Engineer
Electrical Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Field Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Design Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Controls Technician Field Service Technician Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Operations Manager Property Manager
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Programmer Lead Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Operations And Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Technician Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Controls Technician Project Manager Construction Manager
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Engineering Technician Manufacturing Engineer
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Project Engineer Quality Engineer
Quality Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Manufacturing Engineer Senior Engineer
Section Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Engineering Technician
Senior Engineering Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Field Service Technician Instrument Technician
Senior Instrument Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Programmer Instructor Field Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Robot Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

88.2%

Female

10.2%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

66.3%

Black or African American

12.3%

Hispanic or Latino

11.4%

Asian

6.8%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.5%

German

17.4%

French

13.0%

Portuguese

4.3%

Chinese

4.3%

Japanese

4.3%

Dari

4.3%

Dakota

4.3%

Polish

4.3%
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Robot Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.5%

Macomb Community College

8.2%

Morehead State University

6.6%

Vincennes University

4.9%

Boise State University

4.9%

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College

4.9%

Tri-County Technical College

4.9%

ITT Technical Institute-Nashville

4.9%

Colorado Technical University

4.9%

Indian Hills Community College

4.9%

Ohio State University

4.9%

Eastern Kentucky University

4.9%

Baker College

4.9%

Washtenaw Community College

4.9%

Miami University

3.3%

North Carolina State University

3.3%

North Central State College

3.3%

Central Texas College

3.3%

ITT Technical Institute - Indianapolis

3.3%

Washington State Community College

3.3%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

17.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

12.3%

Business

12.0%

Mechatronics And Robotics

8.1%

Computer Science

6.1%

Precision Metal Working

5.2%

Industrial Technology

5.2%

Electromechanical Instrumentation And Maintenance Technologies/Technicians

3.9%

Mechanical Engineering

3.9%

General Studies

3.2%

Information Technology

3.2%

Automotive Technology

2.9%

Drafting And Design

2.3%

Pharmacy

2.3%

Education

2.3%

Engineering

2.3%

Computer Information Systems

2.3%

Criminal Justice

1.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.9%

Computer Engineering

1.6%
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Degrees

Other

32.9%

Associate

28.8%

Bachelors

18.7%

Certificate

11.8%

Masters

4.1%

Diploma

3.2%

License

0.2%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Robot Technician

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  1. Robotic Systems
  2. Fanuc
  3. Preventative Maintenance
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  • Programmed, installed, repaired, altered, maintained and operated all company-manufactured robots and robotic systems.
  • Execute programming/process modifications for Fanuc p200E paint robots.
  • Performed preventative maintenance, modification of equipment to improve reliability and increased line through put.
  • Programmed industrial PLC automation systems for various manufacturing and coating applications.
  • Experienced in set-up and trouble shooting of robotic welding cells and welding inspections.

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  4. Oklahoma
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