Electro-Mechanical Technician

Detail oriented
Sweat the small stuff
Electro-mechanical technicians must make and keep the precise, accurate measurements that mechanical engineers need.
Dexterity
Precision is crucial
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.
Math skills
Numbers matter
Electro-mechanical technicians use mathematics for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Job Description

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.

Electro-mechanical technicians typically do the following:

  • Read blueprints to determine assembly
  • Verify dimensions of parts
  • Operate metalworking machines
  • Inspect parts for surface defects
  • Repair hydraulic and pneumatic assemblies 
  • Test the performance assemblies
  • Install electronic parts and hardware
  • Operate robotic equipment
  • Analyze and record test results

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.

Job Outlook

Median Pay – $59,800
2 Year Associate’s Degree
No Related Work Experience
Moderate-term on-the-job training
PAY RANGE
$37,090
$57,790
$88,860
Lowest 10%
Median
Highest 10%
The industries that hired the most were:
Machinery manufacturing
11%
Navigational, measuring, electromedical, and control instruments manufacturing
11%
Semiconductor and other electronic component manufacturing
9%

EDUCATION & TRAINING

TCAT

TN College of Applied Technology - Athens

THE PROGRAM

  • Time Commitment – Full Time
  • Scholarship/TN Promise Eligible – Yes
  • Cost – $8,140

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The Mechanical Maintenance Electrical and Instrumentation Department
of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Athens is to meet more adequately the Mechanical
Maintenance Electrical and Instrumentation training needs of citizens and residents of the five-county service delivery area (SDA) including employees of existing and prospective industries and businesses.

The program has been designed to assist students in the following:

  • Provide entry-level job skills in the following areas:
  • Plant Maintenance
  • New Construction
  • Machine Building

THE PROGRAM

  • Program Length – 2 Years
  • Average Earnings – $57,790/yr
  • Cost – $4,876

The Electromechanical Technology, A.A.S. prepares students for careers in manufacturing companies as multi-craft, industrial facility, machinery maintenance and repair technicians. The curriculum integrates electrical and mechanical elements, including print reading, machine shop practices, fluid power applications, mechanical power transmission, industrial electricity, AC and DC motors and programmable logic controllers (PLCs). In addition, courses place emphasis on safety, teamwork, communication skills and efficient work practices as well as critical thinking skills for inquiry and analysis, assimilation of facts and knowledge, and problem solving.

This is a technical degree designed for immediate employment in advanced manufacturing and is not designed for transfer although some four-year institutions may accept part of the coursework toward the bachelor degree.

Cleveland State

Cleveland State Community College

TCAT

TN College of Applied Technology - Chattanooga

THE PROGRAM

  • Program Length – 1 Year (Diploma)
  • Average Earnings – $44,755/yr
  • Cost – $5,330

Graduates of the Industrial Maintenance Mechatronics program leave with the ability to install, maintain, and troubleshoot industrial electrical control systems, including programmable logical control (PLC), automation, robotics, and mechanical systems including hydraulics and pneumatics.

The industrial maintenance technician is responsible for installation, troubleshooting and repair of equipment and machinery in various types of manufacturing operations.  The industrial maintenance technician must be a multi-talented individual with a specific skill set with the ability to maintain equipment and machinery operating at peak performance, eliminating costly downtime.  Additionally, an industrial maintenance technician must be able to perform preventative and predictive maintenance.

Students in the industrial maintenance technician program learn electrical and mechanical theory and experience through hands-on opportunities in safety, industrial motor control, and programmable logic control (PLC), automation, robotics, process control, hydraulics, pneumatics, mechanical maintenance, and welding/oxyfuel cutting, all of which are necessary for a successful career in the maintenance field. Both day and evening classes are offered on main campus and a day class offer at the Kimball Site.

THE PROGRAM

  • Program Length – 2 Years
  • Average Earnings – $53,300/yr

The Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology major gives students a broad education in AC and DC circuits, electronic circuits, logic circuits, advanced electronic circuits, digital computer systems, and integrated circuits through practical laboratory experiences and classroom instruction. The Automated Controls concentration provides in-depth study of robotics, process control with feedback control loops, programmable logic controllers, transducers, and factory cell automation.

Chattanooga State

Chattanooga State Community College