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Automation Technician

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Also Known as:
Instrumentation and Controls Technician, Instrumentation and Process Controls Technician, Field Service Technician, Automation Technician, Process Control Technician, Instrument and Automation Technician, Instrument Technician, Electrical and Instrumentation Technician (E and I Technician), Programmable Logic Controllers Technician, Instrument Specialist
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What is a

Automation Technician

Automation/Robotics Technicians perform routine diagnostic checks on automated systems, monitor automated systems, isolate problems and perform repairs. If a problem occurs, the technician needs to troubleshoot the issue and determine if the problem is mechanical, electrical or from the computer systems controlling the process. Once the issue has been diagnosed, the technician must repair or replace any necessary components, such as a sensor or electrical wiring. Automation/Robotics Technicians are also expected to do a proper check on meters and gauges to ensure that the machines work well, and prepare reports based on the analysis and make recommendations concerning upgrades and changes where required.
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Why Become

Automation Technician

U.S. Employment Demand Metrics
2018:
1,400
2028:
14,100
Percent Change:
1%
Projected Annual Job Openings:
1,400

Skills Needed

General Skills:
Repairing Troubleshooting Critical Thinking Equipment Maintenance Reading Comprehension
Technical Skills:
Analytical or scientific software Computer aided design CAD software Hot technology Computer aided manufacturing CAM software Data base user interface and query software Development environment software

What Will You Do as a

Automation Technician

Make repairs to robots or peripheral equipment, such as replacement of defective circuit boards, sensors, controllers, encoders, or servomotors. Troubleshoot robotic systems, using knowledge of microprocessors, programmable controllers, electronics, circuit analysis, mechanics, sensor or feedback systems, hydraulics, or pneumatics. Install, program, or repair programmable controllers, robot controllers, end-of-arm tools, or conveyors. Maintain service records of robotic equipment or automated production systems. Modify computer-controlled robot movements.
U.S. Employment Demand Metrics
2018:
1,400
professionals
2028:
14,100
professionals
Percent Change:
1%
Projected Annual Job Openings:
1,400

How Much Can You Earn?

Average Yearly Salary
$70,350
Salary graph visually displaying average yearly salary.
$50,390
$70,350
$93,450

What Education Do You need?

People starting in this career usually have
Less than High School Diploma
3
%
High School Diploma or Equivalent
23
%
Some College, but No Degree
31
%
Associate's Degree
22
%
Bachelor's Degree
17
%
Masters Degree
3
%
Doctorate or Professional Degree
1
%

Common Past Positions

Maintenance Technician Maintenance Mechanic Maintenance Electrician

Common Next Positions

Controls Engineer Robotics Engineer
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