An associate's or bachelor's degree in a program related to mechanical engineering or electronics is typically the preferred level of education many employers look for when hiring electro-mechanical repair technicians. For the decade between 2014-2024, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that this profession will only experience a 1% increase in jobs.
An electro-mechanical repair technician is a type of engineering technician. Also called electro-mechanical engineering technicians, they primarily test and maintain automated electro-mechanical equipment, including unmanned aircraft, robotic assembly line machines and underwater exploration or hazardous chemical application equipment. Postsecondary education is not required for this position but may be preferred.
|Recommended Education||Associate's degree or certificate|
|Projected Job Growth*||1% between 2014 and 2024|
|Median Salary (2015)*||$53,340|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Although becoming an electro-mechanical repair technician does not require a postsecondary degree, most employers prefer job candidates to have one. Training usually includes some background in mechanical engineering and electronics. Such training can be obtained at technical institutes, vocational schools or community colleges, as well as via military training programs or on-the-job apprenticeships.
Coursework for those interested in electro-mechanical repair should include math, science and engineering. Technical programs offer applied-knowledge training that is more useful to repair technicians than the theoretical knowledge that makes up many bachelor's degree programs in engineering.
Certificate programs are another education option for electro-mechanical repair technicians. These require a high school diploma and include courses such as AC and DC circuit analysis, blueprint reading, drafting, algebra, physics, voltages and currents.
Electro-mechanical repair technicians run diagnostic processes in order to perform routine maintenance on a wide variety of electro-mechanical equipment. Examples include assembly equipment, automated worksite machines and robotic hydraulic and pneumatic devices. Duties also include regular inspection, calibration and servicing of electro-mechanical equipment.
Job Outlook and Salary Info
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of electro-mechanical technicians was expected to increase by 1% from 2014-2024. The BLS reports that technicians in manufacturing industries are expected to see a decline in job openings. As of May 2015, the BLS reported that electro-mechanical technicians earned a median annual salary of $53,340.
Aspiring electro-mechanical repair technicians can prepare for this career by enrolling in some form of postsecondary training, such as a program offered through a community college or vocational school. They might also apply for an apprenticeship, which provides on-the-job training.