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Robotics Technicians

Also called: Automation Technician, Field Service Technician, Instrument Specialist, Instrumentation Technician

What they do:
Build, install, test, or maintain robotic equipment or related automated production systems.
On the job, you would:
  • Troubleshoot robotic systems, using knowledge of microprocessors, programmable controllers, electronics, circuit analysis, mechanics, sensor or feedback systems, hydraulics, or pneumatics.
  • Disassemble and reassemble robots or peripheral equipment to make repairs such as replacement of defective circuit boards, sensors, controllers, encoders, and servomotors.
  • Perform preventive or corrective maintenance on robotic systems or components.


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


Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • figuring out what is causing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs to not work
  • planning and doing the basic maintenance on equipment


Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • order or arrange things
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


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
  • Dependability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Integrity
  • Self Control
  • Achievement/Effort


You might use software like this on the job:

Industrial control software
  • FANUC Robotics ArcTool
  • FANUC Robotics Diagnostic Resource Center DRC
Development environment software
  • Ada
  • C
Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Dassault Systemes SolidWorks software


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

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