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The world is becoming increasingly reliant on robotic and automated equipment. It’s used in industries ranging from manufacturing, to automotive, to healthcare.
Those in robotics technician careers ensure electromechanical equipment functions properly. Robotics and automation technician careers involve testing, maintaining and operating equipment that’s “unmanned,” which means the equipment
relies on computer programming to execute tasks.
If you want to pursue a hands-on job with some of the world’s most cutting-edge technology, an automation and robotics technician career path may be for you. Learn what to expect when pursuing an automation and robotics career path.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), those who work as electro-mechanical or mechatronic technologists or technicians typically
need formal education to enter the field. That’s because automated technology is complex and always evolving. Learning in a supportive and supervised setting ensures the trainee stays safe and gains the experience needed to pursue an entry-level
In our program, which is coming to UTI and takes about a year and a half or less to complete, students learn the skills they need to pursue an entry-level career in robotics and automation.1 Students practice on real equipment
in state-of-the-industry labs. Instructors have experience in the field and support students during their training.
Our schools also provide a Career Services team, which offers assistance to students looking for part-time employment while in school.1
According to the BLS, more than 1,000 estimated average annual robotics and automation technician job openings are expected in the U.S. over the next decade.67
According to the BLS, the median annual salary for robotics and automation technicians in the United States was $60,360 in May 2021.59
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.
Of the states with available data, the following had the highest median annual salary for electro-mechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians in May 2021.*
*Not entry-level and is dependent on factors like experience, location, and employer compensation.
With robotics and automation training, there are various careers in robotics a graduate could pursue. Most of our grads start out working as entry-level technicians or in other entry-level roles. As with any industry, over time, you may be able to advance
in your career with hard work. Some entry-level and advanced careers in the field of robotics could include the following:77
Robotics & automation technician: Robotics and automation technicians are responsible for the installation, maintenance and troubleshooting of assembly machinery and robotic systems. They conduct performance diagnostics, interpret schematics and drawings, perform repairs and write
progress reports. These technicians work on electrical and mechanical systems to perform maintenance, make improvements, and replace old or damaged parts.
Control systems technician: Also known as instrumentation technicians, these individuals monitor the controls of automated equipment. They are responsible for troubleshooting problems to minimize interruptions to production schedules, and they understand how pressure, flow, level and temperature affect their systems.
Maintenance technician: Automation maintenance technicians are responsible for overall upkeep, troubleshooting and preventative maintenance on electromechanical systems and manufacturing equipment. These technicians often travel to perform on-site set up, programming and repairs, and also write progress reports.
Instrumentation and controls technician: Instrumentation and controls technicians test, calibrate, install, repair, and inspect automated and robotic equipment. Their duties also include documentation of calibrations and repairs as needed. These technicians use a variety of equipment, including computer software, electrical and electronic testing equipment, and more.
Service technician III: Robotics and automation service technicians are often employed by manufacturers and distributors that require them to respond to service calls. This would entail going out in the field to install, troubleshoot, diagnose and repair electromechanical automated equipment. As technicians develop more skills and are able to work on more advanced programs and systems, they can become qualified for additional responsibilities.
Senior maintenance technician: Senior maintenance technicians in robotics and automation have similar duties as those of maintenance technicians, with the addition of leadership tasks. They may lead teams of technicians, be involved in the training and development of technicians, and collaborate with other managers to implement new processes.
Process control tech: Process control technicians are responsible for monitoring control systems, including remotely controlled equipment. These technicians use a variety of software tools to manage, measure, diagnose and troubleshoot control systems. These technicians have a comprehensive understanding of controllers, sensors and other instrumentation that help monitor pressure, temperature, flow and other factors that affect the automated processes they’re working on.
Product tech specialist: Product tech specialists focus on, single or multiple products. Depending on the industry, they may work directly with customers to fix issues occurring with that product or product line. Someone who communicates well, enjoys collaborating with others and likes finding solutions may be a good fit for this role.
Test engineering technician: These technicians design and develop automated strategies to identify bugs or issues within automated software and robotics systems. They create test cases that assess whether the product is working properly and convey their findings with developers and engineers.
System integrator: System integrators are responsible for connecting subsystems to build automated solutions. They typically work with software, hardware, various devices and machines in an integrated automated system. System integrators construct, develop and execute technology solutions that are tailored to the demands of an organization. Someone who enjoys computer technology, analytical thinking and is detail oriented may be well suited for this role.
Robotics engineer: Robotics engineers design prototypes, build and test machines, and maintain the software that controls autonomous machines (robots) or automated systems. These engineers are focused on creating machines that replicate human actions and can help make that industry or business more efficient in their processes.
Project engineer: Project engineers are responsible for all technical and engineering aspects of a specific project. They collaborate with project staff to create a strategic plan and determine cost estimates of materials, time, labor, and other necessary resources for project completion. Someone who enjoys working with various teams, is excellent with time management, has great communication skills, is quick to find resolutions and likes being in a leadership role would do well as a project engineer.
Control engineer: Control engineers, or control systems engineers, oversee the production of various types of equipment and systems. They also research, design, and manage the development of equipment used to monitor control systems and machinery. Control engineers play an important role in designing and developing systems for manufacturing operations. They focus on finding resolutions and process improvements within their organizations.
Automation program manager: Automation program managers maintain and expand the robotic and automated programs for a specific company. They work with various departments to enhance the communication and functionality between various parts of the automation program. Their duties include managing personnel, strategic planning, mentoring and advising colleagues, and driving emerging automation technologies throughout their organizations. Someone looking to lead various teams and personnel, along with a desire to use strategic thinking to further enhance an entire program, would be well suited for this role.
With an educational foundation in subjects like electronics, electricity, computer-aided design and programming, graduates can pursue entry-level jobs that require these skills.
In our program, students take courses where they learn skills like:
Upon graduation, students are prepared to apply for entry-level jobs in robotics and automation, as well as some related fields.
The BLS states mechatronics and electro-mechanical technicians and technologists typically need either a postsecondary certificate or an associate’s degree. Once you’ve developed the skills required for the job description, you may be considered for robotics technician jobs.
In our program, you can learn the skills needed to pursue an entry-level robotics technician job in about a year and a half or less.
Graduates can pursue an entry-level career in robotics after completing robotics and automation training. Employed technicians can develop further knowledge and experience on the job and potentially pursue additional certifications later on.
Some common robotics careers include electro-mechanical technologist, electro-mechanical technician, mechatronics technologist, mechatronics technician, electrical installer, electrical repairer, electrical technician, electronics installer, electronics repairer, electronics technician and maintenance technician.
If you’re interested in becoming a robotics technician, we can help. Our program is designed to take about a year and a half or less to complete and will help prepare you to pursue an entry-level career in robotics and automation.
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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.
67) For Electro-Mechanical and Mechatronics Technologists and Technicians, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an annual average of 1,100 job openings between 2021 and 2031. Job openings include openings due to net employment changes and net replacements. See Table 1.10 Occupational separations and openings, projected 2021-31, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, viewed October 13, 2022. The Universal Technical Institute family of schools are educational institutions and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
77) UTI and MIAT are educational institutions and cannot guarantee employment or salary. UTI and MIAT prepare graduates for entry-level careers using the provided training. Graduates’ achievements may vary. Some graduates get jobs within their field of study in positions other than those listed.
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