Electro-Mechanical Technicians
SOC: 17-3024.00


Operate, test, maintain, or calibrate unmanned, automated, servo-mechanical, or electromechanical equipment. May operate unmanned submarines, aircraft, or other equipment at worksites, such as oil rigs, deep ocean exploration, or hazardous waste removal. May assist engineers in testing and designing robotics equipment.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
14,700 employed

Projected (2024):
14,800 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Automation Technician
  • Certified Control Systems Technician
  • Electro-Mechanic
  • Electro-Mechanical Technician (E/M Technician)
  • Electromechanical Assembler
  • Electromechanical Assembly Technician
  • Electromechanical Equipment Tester
  • Electronic Technician
  • Engineering Technician
  • Field Service Technician
  • Laboratory Technician (Lab Technician)
  • Maintenance Associate
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Mechanical Technician
  • Photovoltaic Fabrication and Testing Technician (PV Fabrication and Testing Technician)
  • Product Test Specialist
  • Remotely Piloted Vehicle Controller (RPV Controller)
  • Remotely Piloted Vehicle Engineering Technician (RPV Engineering Technician)
  • Robotics Testing Technician
  • Service Technician
  • Supply Chain Technician
  • Test Technician
  • Tester
  • Underwater Roboticist
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems Roboticist (UAS Roboticist)
  • Unmanned Equipment Operator

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Test performance of electromechanical assemblies, using test instruments such as oscilloscopes, electronic voltmeters, or bridges.
  • Read blueprints, schematics, diagrams, or technical orders to determine methods and sequences of assembly.
  • Install electrical or electronic parts and hardware in housings or assemblies, using soldering equipment and hand tools.
  • Align, fit, or assemble component parts, using hand or power tools, fixtures, templates, or microscopes.
  • Inspect parts for surface defects.
  • Verify part dimensions or clearances to ensure conformance to specifications, using precision measuring instruments.
  • Operate metalworking machines to fabricate housings, jigs, fittings, or fixtures.
  • Repair, rework, or calibrate hydraulic or pneumatic assemblies or systems to meet operational specifications or tolerances.
  • Train others to install, use, or maintain robots.
  • Develop, test, or program new robots.
  • Operate, test, or maintain robotic equipment used for green production applications, such as waste-to-energy conversion systems, minimization of material waste, or replacement of human operators in dangerous work environments.
  • Prepare written documentation of electromechanical test results.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Conductivity sensors
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital cameras
  • Digital multimeters
  • Direct current DC power supplies
  • Drill presses
  • Flow meters
  • Force gauges
  • Framing squares
  • Function generators
  • Hammers
  • Hex wrenches
  • Hipot testers
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser alignment tools
  • Load cells
  • Measuring tapes
  • Megohmmeters
  • Open end wrenches
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Pipe benders
  • Pipe threading machines
  • Portable welding equipment
  • Pressure gauges
  • Pressure sensors
  • Programmable logic controllers PLC
  • Protective goggles
  • Screwdrivers
  • Socket wrench sets
  • Soldering equipment
  • Spectrum analyzers
  • Thermocouples
  • Voltmeters
  • Wire strippers
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Circuit simulation software
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Dassault Systemes SolidWorks software
  • Human machine interface HMI software
  • Linux
  • Manufacturing resource planning MRP software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Motion control software
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
  • Operating system software
  • Oracle Agile Product Lifecycle Management PLM
  • PTC Creo Parametric
  • Rockwell RSLogix
  • SAP software
  • UNIX

  • architecture and engineering

    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980