Robotics Technicians
SOC: 17-3024.01


Build, install, test, or maintain robotic equipment or related automated production systems.

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 and Controls Instructor
  • Automation and Controls Manager
  • Automation and Controls Supervisor
  • Automation Control Integrator
  • Automation Control Technician
  • Automation Controls Expert
  • Automation Controls Specialist
  • Automation Engineering Technician
  • Automation Technician
  • Automation Technologist
  • Automation/Controls Manager
  • Electrical and Instrumentation Technician (E and I Technician)
  • Electronics Technician
  • Field Service Technician
  • Instrument Specialist
  • Instrumentation Technician
  • Reliability Technologist
  • Robot Technician
  • Robotics Mechanic
  • Robotics Technician
  • Robotics Technologist
  • Sensor Technician
  • Supply Chain Technician

  • 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
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Train customers or other personnel to install, use, or maintain robots.
  • Program complex robotic systems, such as vision systems.
  • Maintain inventories of production supplies such as sensors and cables.
  • Maintain service records of robotic equipment or automated production systems.
  • Fabricate housings, jigs, fittings, or fixtures, using metalworking machines.
  • Document robotics test procedures and results.
  • Develop three-dimensional simulations of automation systems.
  • Inspect installation sites.
  • Modify computer-controlled robot movements.
  • Develop robotic path motions to maximize efficiency, safety, and quality.
  • Attach wires between controllers.
  • Assist engineers in the design, configuration, or application of robotic systems.
  • Align, fit, or assemble component parts using hand tools, power tools, fixtures, templates, or microscopes.
  • Troubleshoot robotic systems, using knowledge of microprocessors, programmable controllers, electronics, circuit analysis, mechanics, sensor or feedback systems, hydraulics, or pneumatics.
  • Train robots, using artificial intelligence software or interactive training techniques, to perform simple or complex tasks, such as designing and carrying out a series of iterative tests of chemical samples.
  • Test performance of robotic assemblies, using instruments such as oscilloscopes, electronic voltmeters, or bridges.
  • Perform preventive or corrective maintenance on robotic systems or components.
  • Install, program, or repair programmable controllers, robot controllers, end-of-arm tools, or conveyors.
  • Install new robotic systems in stationary positions or on tracks.
  • Disassemble and reassemble robots or peripheral equipment to make repairs such as replacement of defective circuit boards, sensors, controllers, encoders, and servomotors.
  • Build or assemble robotic devices or systems.
  • Evaluate the efficiency and reliability of industrial robotic systems, reprogramming or calibrating to achieve maximum quantity and quality.
  • Operate robots to perform customized tasks, such as environmental cleanup or explosive detection operations.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Binocular light compound microscopes
  • Chart recorders
  • Coordinate measuring machines CMM
  • Copy machines
  • Electric drills
  • Flow meters
  • Force gauges
  • Frequency counters
  • Function generators
  • Hammers
  • Hydraulic dataloggers
  • Hydrometers
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Laser interferometers
  • Laser printers
  • Laser scanners
  • Logic analyzers
  • Multimeters
  • Open end wrenches
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Personal computers
  • Potentiometers
  • Programmable automation controllers PAC
  • Programmable logic controllers PLC
  • Robotic teach pendants
  • Screwdrivers
  • Shielded arc welding tools
  • Soldering tools
  • Volt-ohm meters VOM
  • Voltmeters
  • Waveform monitors
  • Workshop cranes
  • ABB RobotStudio
  • Ada
  • Analytical software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • C
  • C++
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
  • Dassault Systemes SolidWorks software
  • Database software
  • FANUC Robotics ArcTool
  • FANUC Robotics Diagnostic Resource Center DRC
  • FANUC Robotics Dual Check Safety DCS Position and Speed Check
  • FANUC Robotics HandlingTool
  • FANUC Robotics iRCalibration Vision Suite
  • FANUC Robotics iRVision
  • FANUC Robotics MultiARM Systems
  • FANUC Robotics SpotTool+
  • FANUC Robotics Through Arc Seam Tracking TAST
  • FANUC Robotics Torchmate 3
  • Linux
  • Logic Design RoboLogix
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Simulation software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

  • architecture and engineering

    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980