Electro-mechanical and Mechatronics Technologists and Technicians

Career, Salary and Education Information

What They Do: Electro-mechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians operate, test, and maintain electromechanical or robotic equipment.

Work Environment: Electro-mechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians work with electrical and mechanical engineers. Most work full time, and some work more than 40 hours per week.

How to Become One: Electro-mechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians typically need either an associate's degree or a postsecondary certificate.

Salary: The median annual wage for electro-mechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians is $60,360.

Job Outlook: Employment of electro-mechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians is projected to decline 4 percent over the next ten years.

Related Careers: Compare the job duties, education, job growth, and pay of electro-mechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians with similar occupations.

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Top 3 Electro-mechanical Technician Jobs

  • Production Technician - Johnson & Johnson - Limerick, County Limerick

    Responsible for supporting manufacturing processes by implementing all aspects of process improvement, equipment setup, testing, documentation, problem…

  • Maintenance Technician - Bausch + Lomb - Dublin, County Dublin

    Strong electro-mechanical background and knowledge of automated systems. Experience of mechanical set up on FILM Front End equipment preferred.

  • Electro-Mechanical Shift Technician - BD - Drogheda, County Louth

    Respond quickly to any equipment related downtime in the manufacturing process. Demonstrate flexibility and mobility as needed to support operational needs.

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Top 3 Mechatronics Technician Jobs

  • Maintenance Technician - FRS Recruitment - Cork, County Cork

    Responsibility for overall maintenance of equipment. Preventative maintenance and monitoring of machines. Maximisation of machine up time and utilisation.

  • Calibration Technician - Boston Scientific Corporation - Cork, County Cork

    To provide technical/calibration support. Establishes and promotes a work environment that supports the Quality Policy and Quality System.

  • Engineering Technician - Cambus Teoranta - Spiddal, County Galway

    Solution focused, diagnosing and implementing permanent solutions to manufacturing issues in a structured problem-solving approach.

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What Electro-mechanical and Mechatronics Technologists and Technicians Do[About this section] [To Top]

Electro-mechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians combine knowledge of mechanical technology with knowledge of electrical and electronic circuitry. They operate, test, and maintain unmanned, automated, robotic, or electromechanical equipment.

Duties of Electro-mechanical and Mechatronics Technologists and Technicians

Electro-mechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians typically do the following:

  • Read blueprints, schematics, and diagrams to determine the method and sequence of assembly of a machine or a piece of equipment
  • Verify dimensions of parts, using precision measuring instruments
  • Operate metalworking machines to make housings, fittings, and fixtures
  • Inspect parts for surface defects
  • Repair and calibrate hydraulic and pneumatic assemblies
  • Use instruments to test the performance of electromechanical assemblies
  • Use soldering equipment and handtools to install electronic parts and hardware
  • Operate, test, or maintain robotic equipment
  • Analyze and record test results

Electro-mechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians test and operate machines in factories and at other worksites. They also document the tests they performed and analyze and record the results of those tests.

Electro-mechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians install, maintain, and repair automated machinery and computer-controlled mechanical systems in industrial settings.

They also test, operate, or maintain robotic equipment at worksites. This equipment may include unmanned submarines, aircraft, or similar types of equipment for uses that include oil drilling, deep-ocean exploration, or hazardous-waste removal.

Work Environment for Electro-mechanical and Mechatronics Technologists and Technicians[About this section] [To Top]

Electro-mechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians hold about 12,100 jobs. The largest employers of electro-mechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians are as follows:

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

Electro-mechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians work with electrical engineers and mechanical engineers. They work primarily in manufacturing industries, including those of computer and electronic products and of machinery, and in professional, scientific, and technical services. They often work both at production sites and in offices.

Electro-mechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians are sometimes exposed to hazards from equipment or toxic materials. However, incidents are rare as long as workers follow safety procedures.

Electro-mechanical and Mechatronics Technologist and Technician Work Schedules

Most electro-mechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians work full time, and some work more than 40 hours per week.

How to Become an Electro-mechanical and Mechatronics Technologist and Technician[About this section] [To Top]

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Electro-mechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians typically need either an associate's degree or a postsecondary certificate.

Education for Electro-mechanical and Mechatronics Technologist and Technician

Associate's degree programs and postsecondary certificates for electro-mechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians are offered at vocational–technical schools and community colleges.

Employers may prefer to hire graduates of programs accredited by an organization such as ABET. Associate's degree programs usually include courses in subjects such as algebra, trigonometry, and sciences. Depending on the program, students may have the option of concentrating in a field such as electromechanics, mechatronics, or industrial maintenance.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Electro-mechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians must be able to follow instructions from engineers. They also need to clearly convey problems to engineers.

Detail oriented. Electro-mechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians must take and record the precise measurements that engineers need.

Dexterity. Electro-mechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians must be adept in using handtools and soldering irons on small circuitry and electronic parts to create electronic components.

Logical-thinking skills. To carry out engineers' designs, inspect designs for quality control, and assemble prototypes, electro-mechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians must follow a specific sequence or a set of rules.

Math skills. Electro-mechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians use mathematics for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their tasks.

Mechanical skills. Electro-mechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians must create components for industrial machinery or equipment. They must be able to operate equipment such as drill presses, grinders, and engine lathes.

Problem-solving skills. Electro-mechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians must be able to identify and fix problems that arise with engineering designs and prototypes.

Writing skills. Electro-mechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians must write clear, well-organized reports that describe onsite construction, testing results, and problems they found in carrying out designs.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Electro-mechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians may earn optional certification to demonstrate professional competence.

The International Society of Automation offers the Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) and Certified Automation Professional (CAP) designations. Both require a written exam, and recertification is required after a specified number of years.

The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) offers certification in electrical power testing and other specialties. The technologist certification requires a 4-year engineering technology degree.

Electro-mechanical and Mechatronics Technologist and Technician Salaries[About this section] [More salary/earnings info] [To Top]

The median annual wage for electro-mechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians is $60,360. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $37,650, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $98,070.

The median annual wages for electro-mechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians in the top industries in which they work are as follows:

Navigational, measuring, electromedical, and control instruments manufacturing $61,030
Transportation equipment manufacturing $60,910
Machinery manufacturing $60,220
Engineering services $49,260
Semiconductor and other electronic component manufacturing $47,690

Most electro-mechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians work full time, and some work more than 40 hours per week.

Job Outlook for Electro-mechanical and Mechatronics Technologists and Technicians[About this section] [To Top]

Employment of electro-mechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians is projected to decline 4 percent over the next ten years.

Despite declining employment, about 1,100 openings for electro-mechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians are projected each year, on average, over the decade. All of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

Employment of Electro-mechanical and Mechatronics Technologists and Technicians

Many of these technologists and technicians are employed in manufacturing industries, for which employment projections vary. Automation in manufacturing could affect this occupation in both positive and negative ways. While automation may replace certain responsibilities, electro-mechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians will still be needed to operate and maintain the robotic equipment.

Employment projections data for Electro-mechanical and Mechatronics Technologists and Technicians, 2021-31
Occupational Title Employment, 2021 Projected Employment, 2031 Change, 2021-31
Percent Numeric
Electro-mechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians 12,100 11,600 -4 -400


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