Electro-Mechanical Technician

Job Description

Electro-Mechanical Technicians operate, test, maintain and calibrate electro-mechanical equipment — everything from unmanned submarines or aircraft to worksite equipment for operations like oil rigs, deep ocean exploration, or hazardous waste removal. In addition to operating and maintaining hardware, Electro-Mechanical Technicians run tests on equipment to locate potential issues. Also, they work alongside engineers to design, test, and program robots and robotic equipment.

Electro-Mechanical Technician candidates should be computer-minded and enjoy working with their hands. They should also have experience using electronic testing equipment and reading blueprints and schematics. It’s also essential for an Electro-Mechanical Technician to be a critical thinker, analytical problem solver, and an organized person to maintain equipment and service records.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  • Read blueprints, schematics, and diagrams to determine how to assemble parts, machines, and other equipment
  • Use specialized instruments to measure parts and ensure they meet specifications
  • Inspect parts for defects
  • Test the performance of electro-mechanical assemblies
  • Install electronic components using soldering equipment and hand tools
  • Operate, test and maintain robotic equipment
  • Analyze and record test results, and prepare written documentation

Education and Background

This position requires an associate degree or higher in electronic or mechanical technology.

Skills and Competencies

  • Analytical, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills
  • Teamwork and interpersonal communication skills
  • Mechanical aptitude and ability to understand complex diagrams and schematics
  • Strong hand-eye coordination and proficiency in using tools like soldering equipment
  • High-level organization skills

Compensation

According to Payscale the median annual salary of an Electro-Mechanical Technician with

1 Year of Experience:

  • Orlando, Florida: $33,000
  • Tampa, Florida: $36,000
  • Jacksonville, Florida: $33,000
  • Miami, Florida: $37,000
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $36,000
  • Chicago, Illinois: $48,000
  • Houston, Texas: $46,000
  • Los Angeles, California: $35,000
  • New York City, New York: $39,000
  • Seattle, Washington: $44,000
  • Overall: $38,000

5 Years of Experience:

  • Orlando, Florida: $37,000
  • Tampa, Florida: $46,000
  • Jacksonville, Florida: $45,000
  • Miami, Florida: $48,000
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $43,000
  • Chicago, Illinois: $52,000
  • Houston, Texas: $56,000
  • Los Angeles, California: $47,000
  • New York City, New York: $49,000
  • Seattle, Washington: $49,000
  • Overall: $46,000

Similar Job Titles

  • Equipment Maintenance Technician
  • Electro-Mechanical Assembler
  • Service Technician
  • Maintenance Technician

Career Path

An associate degree or higher in electronic or mechanical technology is required for this position. Several companies also require Electro-Mechanical Technicians to obtain professional certifications such as Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) from the International Society of Automation or in Electrical Power Testing from the National Institute For Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) to qualify for some positions or career advancement.

Position Trends

According to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, one major trend affecting the engineering field is the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation. Software companies are using AI to help engineers select materials for projects to standardize products or perform clerical work. AI is also showing up in autonomous systems, such as self-driving cars and robotic manufacturing systems. Electro-Mechanical Technicians will be needed to help design, maintain, and repair some of these robotic systems.

Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for Electro-Mechanical Technicians should grow by one percent between 2018 and 2028. That’s much slower than average, due to many of these positions being part of the manufacturing sector, which is declining in the U.S.

Typical Hours

The work hours for an Electro-Mechanical Technician are usually from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, many Electro-Mechanical Technicians will work extra hours when nearing project deadlines or troubleshoot issues.

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  • Monster 
  • Zip Recruiter
  • Engineering.com
  • Engineering Jobs

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