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The Robotics & Automation program is designed to prepare students for careers like service technician, automation & controls technician, electronics technician, robotics technician, and maintenance technician.

Robotics Technician Career Path

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.

Train for a Robotics Technician Career

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 career.

In our program, which 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

Robotics & Automation Industry Overview

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

MEDIAN ANNUAL SALARY FOR A ROBOTICS TECHNICIAN

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.

Rank State Annual Median Wage
1 Georgia $94,130
2 Illinois $89,250
3 Idaho $77,410
4 Nevada $76,600
5 Washington $76,150
6 Arizona $73,490
7 New Hampshire $64,320
8 Connecticut $62,230
Maryland $62,230
9 Louisiana $61,730
Minnesota $61,730
10 Colorado $61,590

Careers in the Field of Robotics

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

  • Electro-mechanical and mechatronics technologist or technician: These professionals install, fix and maintain computer-controlled mechanical systems and automated machinery. They typically need either a postsecondary certificate or an associate’s degree.
  • Electrical and electronics installer or repairer: Electrical and electronics repairers and installers work on a variety of electrical equipment in industries like utilities, transportation and telecommunications. According to the BLS, they need at least a high school education, but most entry-level repairers and installers develop their skills with technical education or guidance before they work independently.
  • Maintenance technician: Maintenance technicians maintain and repair mechanical equipment and machines. Their typical day might involve inspecting and diagnosing problems, finding solutions to faulty electrical systems, and assembling machinery. The BLS reports many maintenance technicians develop their skills in trade school.

Acquire the Skills Needed to Pursue a Robotics and Automation Technician Career

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:

  • 3D printing
  • Applied physics and precision measuring
  • Computer-aided design
  • C programming
  • DC and AC electricity
  • Electronics
  • Industrial networking
  • Industrial robotics
  • Instrumentation and control
  • Manufacturing systems and technology
  • Programmable logic controllers
  • Troubleshooting

Upon graduation, students are prepared to apply for entry-level jobs in robotics and automation, as well as some related fields.

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LOOKING TO BECOME A ROBOTICS 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.