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How to Become a Robotics Technician

Oct 21, 2022 ·

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Robots play a big role in so many important industries today, from manufacturing and health care to military and exploration. They help build machinery, provide services, and take on tasks like sorting and disassembly.

Often, humans are the ones building, maintaining, fixing and working alongside robotics technology. Those who work in this field might be known as robotics technicians, electromechanical technicians or mechatronic technologists.

If you like working with your hands and you have a passion for technology, you might be interested in a career as a robotics technician. Learn what the work entails and how to become one.

What Is a Robotics Technician?

What does a robotics technician do? Robotics technicians install, fix, operate, test, maintain and upgrade computer-controlled and electronic mechanical systems and equipment, otherwise known as robots. Robotics technician work might include duties like the following:

  • Assembling robotics equipment using diagrams, blueprints and schematics
  • Using precision instruments to measure parts
  • Operating metalworking machines during assembly
  • Troubleshooting, testing and maintaining robotic equipment and repairing problems

According to the BLS, the largest employers of electromechanical technologists and technicians in 2021 were:

  • Engineering services (10%)
  • Machinery manufacturing (9%)
  • Navigational, electromedical, measuring and control instruments manufacturing (6%)
  • Transportation equipment manufacturing (5%)
  • Semiconductor and other electronic component manufacturing (3%)

Robotics technicians might work on teams with mechanical engineers and electrical engineers, both in offices and at production sites. Wherever robots and robotics technology are present, a robotics technician may be on call to install, maintain and fix that equipment.

How much does a robotics technician make? The BLS reports the 2021 median pay for electromechanical and mechatronics technicians and technologists was $60,360 per year.59 This means half earned more and half earned less. Keep in mind that salary depends on several factors, including experience, employer, demand and cost of living in the area.

What Education Is Required to Be a Robotics Technician?

According to the BLS, mechatronics and electro-mechanical technologists and technicians typically need a formal education. This can be in the form of a trade school certificate or diploma from a program like our Robotics & Automation program, which takes about a year to complete.1

In technical school, you can learn robotics technician skills such as:

  • Manufacturing systems and technology
  • Applied physics and precision measuring
  • Industrial robotics
  • Digital electronics and circuits
  • Basic and advanced SCADA systems
  • Industrial networking

In addition to technical skills, employers often look for verbal and written communication skills. Robotics technicians work with teammates like engineers to communicate problems and write reports of their work.

Robotics technician work also requires problem-solving skills. Technicians need to be able to analyze issues and work on solutions to fix and optimize the machinery they’re working on.

With the right education and skill set, you can pursue a career in the robotics industry.

Get Training for a Robotics Technician Career

As technology evolves, so does the world’s reliance on it to support diverse industries. Robotics technicians get to build and work on important machines like robots, which are increasingly responsible for various tasks in business operations and beyond.

You could be a part of this stimulating world. Learn about the Robotics & Automation program options that provide a certificate or diploma. Request info, and an Admissions Representative will be in touch with resources as you consider school.

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1) UTI and MIAT are educational institutions and cannot guarantee employment or salary.

2) For program outcome information and other disclosures, visit www.uti.edu/disclosures for UTI and www.miat.edu/disclosures for MIAT.

59) The Robotics & Automation program prepares graduates for entry-level positions using the provided training, primarily as robotics & automation technicians. Estimated annual salary is for Electro-Mechanical and Mechatronics Technologists and Technicians as published in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2021 Occupational Employment and Wages. Entry-level salaries are lower for graduates. UTI and MIAT are educational institutions and cannot guarantee employment or salary. Graduates’ achievements vary. Individual circumstances and wages depend on economic factors, personal credentials, work experience, industry certifications, the location of the employer, and their compensation programs. Some graduates get jobs within their field of study in positions other than as robotics & automation technicians, such as control systems technicians and maintenance technicians. Salary information for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: The average annual entry-level salary range for persons employed as Electro-Mechanical and Mechatronics Technologists and Technicians (17-3024) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is $43,670 to $52,960 (Massachusetts Labor and Workforce Development, May 2020 data https://lmi.dua.eol.mass.gov/lmi/OccupationalEmploymentAndWageSpecificOccupations#). Salary information for North Carolina: The U.S. Department of Labor estimates the hourly median wage for skilled robotics & automation technicians in North Carolina is $26.76 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, May 2021 Occupational Employment and Wages, Electro-Mechanical and Mechatronics Technologists and Technicians). The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not publish entry-level salary data. However, the 25th and 10th percentile of hourly earnings in North Carolina are $22.71 and $17.96, respectively.

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