Electro-Mechanical TechnicianJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends

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.

Sample job description #1

The position is responsible for repairing and installing advanced production/manufacturing equipment. Inspects equipment for proper functioning and performs preventative maintenance duties per manufacturer’s specifications. May mentor and provide support to less experienced mechanics. Diagnoses equipment malfunctions and makes more complicated repairs or adjustments as needed. Must have own hand tools.

This position requires continuous work near heat, noise, gas, and chemicals. The position requires frequent lifting, climbing, standing, walking, crouching, squatting, bending, and kneeling. The position may require weekend and/or holiday work.

Primary accountabilities

  • Perform preventative maintenance on more advanced/sophisticated production equipment
  • Perform repairs on more advanced production equipment as needed
  • Perform breakdown analysis
  • Oversee or perform general housekeeping, as well as upgrade production lines with new/upgraded equipment/technology
  • Direct activities of outside contractors working on assigned line
  • Change line for package changeovers
  • Enforce GMP, safety, and audit standards
  • Work independently under limited supervision (self-management)
  • Documentation of work schedule and work tasks completed


  • 18 years or older
  • Pass technical assessment addressing job-critical maintenance knowledge areas
  • Experience with basic electrical systems (e.g., starters, fuses, contacts, relays)
  • Experience with electrical systems (installation, frequency drive, troubleshooting)
  • Experience with product manuals (e.g., reading and applying knowledge to make repairs).
  • Experience with schematics (e.g., electrical blueprints with switches, starters, maps, relays).
  • Experience with troubleshooting mechanical breakdowns (pinpointing and fixing breakdowns).
  • Experience with troubleshooting (e.g., diagnostics, problem solving, etc.).
  • Experience with reading mechanical drawings (e.g., hydraulics, pneumatics).
  • Must be able to sufficiently read, write, and speak English due to the safety sensitivity of this role.

Sample job description #2

Learn the skills necessary to move up the career ladder as an Assistant Lineman, Lineman, and Electro-mechanic responsible for the highly skilled repair and maintenance of the Rail System.

What an apprentice is responsible for

  • Maintenance and inspection of the following:
  • Wayside Railroad Signal System
  • Railroad Grade Crossings
  • Railroad Track Switches
  • Traction Power Generation and Distribution
  • Operation of overhead bucket trucks and cranes
  • Various lighting systems
  • Ventilation systems
  • Pumps and pump controls

Sample job description #3

The right candidate will be responsible for mechanical and electronic assembly. The position includes soldering, crimping, and component wiring per wiring diagrams, schematics, verbal instruction, and working with assembly of some miniature mechanical and electrical components. The right candidate will take responsibility for Quality Control and troubleshooting and will learn the requirements of the Quality Management System.

Job responsibilities

  • Cable assembly
  • Mechanical assembly of platforms, frames, custom enclosures. Slight part modification/fabrication as needed
  • Support the efforts of the engineering development team
  • Learn product usage and application through system testing
  • Prepare and create final product for shipment
  • Part inspection with basic tools
  • Adherence to ISO 9001:2015
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Ability to read and work from wiring instructions, diagrams and schematics
  • Ability to read and work from assembly instructions and assembly drawings
  • Possess a high aptitude for attention to detail and receptive to learning procedural work
  • Familiar with standard fasteners, such as a variety of screws, bolts, pins, nuts,, and washers
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
  • Must be a US citizen
  • Must be able to pass a background check and drug screening test


  • 3+ years of hands-on experience as an assembly tech in an electronic or related manufacturing environment
  • Proficient soldering skills
  • An understanding of ISO Quality systems
  • Technical certifications and/or AS in Electronics
  • IPC-A-610, IPC-WHMA-A-620, or J-STD-001 certifications
  • Documentation, organization, and communication skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office products

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for an electro-mechanical technician is $74,200 per year in the United States. Compensation will vary based on experience, geography, industry, and company size.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$73,800 $99,850
Los Angeles, California$83,250 $112,650
Denver, Colorado$69,400$93,850 
Washington, DC$84,500$114,350
Miami, Florida$69,050$93,450
Orlando, Florida$63,700$86,200
Tampa, Florida$64,350$87,050
Atlanta, Georgia$67,500$91,300
Chicago, Illinois$77,600$105,000
Boston, Massachusetts$83,900$113,500
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$66,850$90,450
New York City, New York$88,300$119,450
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$71,900 $97,300
Dallas, Texas$70,000 $94,700 
Houston, Texas$69,400 $93,850
Seattle, Washington$80,750$109,200 
National Average$63,050$85,350

Sample interview questions

  • Do you consider yourself someone who’s good at working under pressure?
  • What do you think is the most critical component of this position?
  • What was an impact you’ve made on your previous team?
  • What would you consider to be your greatest professional achievement?
  • How do you focus on tasks in busy, noisy environments while keeping yourself and others safe?
  • What was your most difficult repair? What made it that way and how did you overcome this?

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