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Mechatronics Technologist/Technician

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Associate's degree

What They Do

Electro-Mechanical and Mechatronics Technologists and Technicians Career Video

About This Career

Operates, tests, maintains, or adjusts unmanned, automated, servomechanical, or electromechanical equipment. May operate unmanned submarines, aircraft, or other equipment to observe or record visual information at sites such as oil rigs, crop fields, buildings, or for similar infrastructure, deep ocean exploration, or hazardous waste removal. May assist engineers in testing and designing robotics equipment.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Manufacturing Production Process Development pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Tests performance of electromechanical assemblies, using test instruments such as oscilloscopes, electronic voltmeters, or bridges.
  • Installs or programs computer hardware or machine or instrumentation software in microprocessor-based systems.
  • Reads blueprints, schematics, diagrams, or technical orders to determine methods and sequences of assembly.
  • Modifies, maintains, or repairs electrical, electronic, or mechanical components, equipment, or systems to ensure proper functioning.
  • Inspects parts for surface defects.
  • Installs electrical or electronic parts and hardware in housings or assemblies, using soldering equipment and hand tools.
  • Verifies part dimensions or clearances to ensure conformance to specifications, using precision measuring instruments.
  • Fabricates or assembles mechanical, electrical, or electronic components or assemblies.
  • Aligns, fits, or assembles component parts, using hand or power tools, fixtures, templates, or microscopes.
  • Produces electrical, electronic, or mechanical drawings or other related documents or graphics necessary for electromechanical design, using computer-aided design (CAD) software.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Picking out a particular sound in the presence of other sounds
  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Detecting sounds and hearing the differences between sounds of different pitch and loudness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Process Control Tech
  • Automation Technician (Automation Tech)
  • Electromechanical Assembler (EM Assembler)
  • Test Engineering Technician (Test Engineering Tech)
  • Test Technician (Test Tech)
  • Mechanical Technician (Mechanical Tech)
  • Electromechanical Technician (EM Technician)
  • Electronics Technician (Electronics Tech) — Lays out, builds, tests, troubleshoots, repairs and modifies developmental and production electronic components, parts, equipment, and systems, such as computer equipment, missile control instrumentation, electron tubes, test equipment, and machine tools.
  • Product Test Specialist
  • Electro-Mechanic


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