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Electromechanical Engineering Technician Career

Career Description

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

Common Work Tasks

  • Design, develop, test, and manufacture electronic and computer-controlled mechanical systems
  • Test performance of electromechanical assemblies, using test instruments such as oscilloscopes, electronic voltmeters, and bridges
  • Read blueprints, schematics, diagrams, and technical orders to determine methods and sequences of assembly
  • Install electrical and electronic parts and hardware in housings or assemblies, using soldering equipment and hand tools
  • Align, fit, and assemble component parts, using hand tools, power tools, fixtures, templates, and microscopes
  • Inspect parts for surface defects
  • Analyze and record test results, and prepare written testing documentation
  • Verify dimensions and clearances of parts to ensure conformance to specifications, using precision measuring instruments
  • Operate metalworking machines to fabricate housings, jigs, fittings, and fixtures
  • Repair, rework, and calibrate hydraulic and pneumatic assemblies and systems to meet operational specifications and tolerances

Other Job Titles

Electromechanical Engineering Technicians are also known by other titles, including:

  • Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians
  • Civil Engineering Technicians
  • Mechanical Engineering Technicians
  • Environmental Engineering Technicians

Education, Training, and Experience

Education and Training
Although it may be possible to qualify for certain engineering technician jobs without formal training, most employers prefer to hire someone with at least a 2-year associate degree in engineering technology. People with college courses in science, engineering, and mathematics may qualify for some positions but may need additional specialized training and experience. Prospective engineering technicians should take as many high school science and math courses as possible to prepare for programs in engineering technology after high school.

Experience
  Because many engineering technicians assist in design work, creativity is desirable. Good communication skills and the ability to work well with others also are important as engineering technicians are typically part of a team of engineers and other technicians.

Salary

The median annual salary for an electromechanical engineering technician is $46,000. The top 10 percent earn more than $70,000, and the lowest 10 percent earn less than $30,000. Median earnings in the industries employing the largest number of electromechanical engineering technicians are:

  • Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing - $45,350
  • Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing  - $44,640
  • Communications Equipment Manufacturing  - $51,790
  • Scientific Research and Development Services  - $64,750
  • Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services  - $47,630

Job Outlook

  • 2006-2016 Employment growth:  3%
  • Number of new jobs created 2006-2016: 400
  • Employment 2006 : 16,000
  • Employment 2016:  16,000
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