Robotics Technicians install, service, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair
robots and automated production systems. They must understand computers,
electrical and electronic systems, sensor and feedback principles, and how
robots work as machines. Their duties vary depending upon whom they work
for and the type of robots on which they work. Technicians employed by
manufacturers work closely with designers, engineers, and technologists.
They might be involved in the developing, testing, programming, and actual
on-site installation of new robots. Some technicians work as robotics
trainers and train others to install, use, and maintain robots. Robotics
Technicians have another important role -- they are the people who help keep
the robots "working". Employed by robot manufacturers, suppliers,
distributors or by the companies that use and depend on robots, they
maintain and troubleshoot all aspects of robots and automated systems --
mechanical as well as electrical.
Job Outlook and Growth Potential:
Opportunities will be best for individuals with an associate degree or extensive job training in engineering technology. As technology becomes more sophisticated, employers will continue to look for technicians who are skilled in new technology and require a minimum of additional job training. An increase in the number of jobs related to public health and safety should create job opportunities for engineering technicians with the appropriate certification.
Overall employment of engineering technicians is expected to increase about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2012. Competitive pressures will force companies to improve and update manufacturing facilities and product designs, resulting in more jobs for engineering technicians. However, the growing use of advanced technologies, such as computer simulation and computer-aided design and drafting will continue to increase productivity and limit job growth. In addition to growth, many job openings will stem from the need to replace technicians who retire or leave the labor force.
Wages and Earnings Potential:
Robotics technicians fall in the same career category as electrical and electronics engineering technicians.The median annual earnings of electrical and electronics engineering technicians were $42,950 in 2002