Also called: Electro-Mechanic, Electro-Mechanical Technician (E/M Technician), Electronic Technician, Engineering Technician
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Have you ever wanted to work hands-on with cutting-edge machines? Electro-mechanical technicians work with some of the most advanced equipment available in the manufacturing industry. Electro-mechanical technicians combine a knowledge of mechanical technology with an understanding of electronic circuits. They test and maintain unmanned, automated, robotic, or electromechanical equipment, including unmanned submarines, aircraft, and related equipment used in oil drilling, deep ocean exploration, and hazardous waste removal. They read blueprints and diagrams to assemble parts or machines, and verify that specifications are met. They operate machines to make parts, repair and calibrate assemblies and robotic equipment, and conduct tests to assure the quality of operation. They also document test results for reports. Electro-mechanical technicians work in many industries, including energy, plastics, computer and communications equipment manufacturing, and aerospace. They often spend time both at production sites and in offices. Exposure to hazards from equipment and materials requires that these technicians follow safety procedures on a daily basis. Most work full time on regular shifts, though extra hours may be required for repairs to keep manufacturing operations running. Electro-mechanical technicians typically need either an associate’s degree or a certificate.
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.
- Inspect parts for surface defects.
Engineering and Technology
- computers and electronics
Arts and Humanities
- English language
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
- manufacture and distribution of products
- 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
- noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
- watching gauges, dials, or display screens to make sure a machine is working
- figuring out what is causing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs to not work
Hand and Finger Use
- keep your arm or hand steady
- put together small parts with your fingers
Ideas and Logic
- notice when problems happen
- make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
- pay attention to something without being distracted
- listen and understand what people say
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
- Analytical Thinking
You might use software like this on the job:
Operating system software
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