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Electro-Mechanical Technicians

Also called: Electro-Mechanical Technician (E/M Technician), Electronic Technician, Test Technician, Tester

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What they do:
Operate, test, maintain, or calibrate unmanned, automated, servo-mechanical, or electromechanical equipment. May operate unmanned submarines, aircraft, or other equipment at worksites, such as oil rigs, deep ocean exploration, or hazardous waste removal. May assist engineers in testing and designing robotics equipment.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.
  • Install electrical or electronic parts and hardware in housings or assemblies, using soldering equipment and hand tools.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • mechanical
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Technical
  • watching gauges, dials, or display screens to make sure a machine is working
  • testing how well a product or service works
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
  • see hidden patterns
Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Concern for Others
  • Cooperation
  • Initiative
  • Integrity
  • Dependability

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Operating system software
  • Linux
  • UNIX
Computer aided design CAD software
  • Dassault Systemes SolidWorks software
  • PTC Pro/ENGINEER software
Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Manufacturing resource planning MRP software
  • Oracle Agile Product Lifecycle Management PLM

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
associate's degree or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$51,330
per year, on average
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