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Electro-mechanical Technicians

Electro-mechanical Technicians operate, test, maintain, or calibrate unmanned, automated, servo-mechanical, or electromechanical equipment. They may operate unmanned submarines, aircraft, or other equipment at worksites, such as oil rigs, deep ocean exploration, or hazardous waste removal. They may also assist engineers in testing and designing robotics equipment.

Sample of reported job titles:

  • Electro-Mechanic, Electro-Mechanical Technician (E/M Technician)
  • Electronic Technician
  • Engineering Technician
  • Laboratory Technician (Lab Technician)
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Mechanical Technician
  • Product Test Specialist
  • Test Technician, Tester

Common tasks:

Read blueprints
  • Test performance of electromechanical assemblies, using test instruments such as oscilloscopes, electronic voltmeters, or bridges.
  • Read blueprints, schematics, diagrams, or technical orders to determine methods and sequences of assembly.
  • Inspect parts for surface defects.
  • Install electrical or electronic parts and hardware in housings or assemblies, using soldering equipment and hand tools.
  • Verify part dimensions or clearances to ensure conformance to specifications, using precision measuring instruments.

Critical technology skills required:

Computer aided design (CAD) software
  • Computer aided design (CAD) software
  • Development environment software
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Industrial control software
  • Operating system software

Some of the critical knowledge required:

  • Mechanical
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • English Language
  • Production and Processing

Skills needed:

  • Operation Monitoring
  • Monitoring Self and Others Performance
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Troubleshooting
  • Critical Thinking

Abilities needed:

Control Precision
  • Control Precision
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness
  • Finger Dexterity
  • Near Vision
  • Problem Sensitivity

Educational level of the surveyed Electro-Mechanical Technicians:

  • Associate's degree: 41%
  • Post-secondary certificate: 30%
  • High school diploma or equivalent: 13%

Related occupations:

Printing Press Operators
  • Manufacturing Production Technicians
  • Avionics Technicians
  • Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment
  • Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic
  • Printing Press Operators

Employment data:

  • Median wages (2019): $28.05 hourly, $58,350 annual
  • Employment (2018): 14,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2018-2028): Little or no change (-1% to 1%)
  • Projected job openings (2018-2028): 1,400
  • Top industries (2018): Manufacturing