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Life As an Electro-Mechanical Technician

Job Description & Duties 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.

Daily Life Of an Electro-Mechanical Technician

  • Operate metalworking machines to fabricate housings, jigs, fittings, or fixtures.
  • Inspect parts for surface defects.
  • Repair, rework, or calibrate hydraulic or pneumatic assemblies or systems to meet operational specifications or tolerances.
  • Install electrical or electronic parts and hardware in housings or assemblies, using soldering equipment and hand tools.
  • Verify part dimensions or clearances to ensure conformance to specifications, using precision measuring instruments.
  • Train others to install, use, or maintain robots.

Electro-Mechanical Technician Required Skills

Below is a list of the skills most Electro-Mechanical Technicians say are important on the job.

Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Troubleshooting: Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Quality Control Analysis: Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Repairing: Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

Types of Electro-Mechanical Technician Jobs

  • Tester
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems Operator (UAS Operator)
  • Mechanic
  • Remotely Piloted Vehicle Engineering Technician (RPV Engineering Technician)
  • Test Technician

Job Outlook for Electro-Mechanical Technicians

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 13,800 jobs in the United States for Electro-Mechanical Technician. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 3.6% which is below the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 500 new jobs for Electro-Mechanical Technician by 2026. There will be an estimated 1,200 positions for Electro-Mechanical Technician per year.


The states with the most job growth for Electro-Mechanical Technician are Idaho, Nevada, and Utah. Watch out if you plan on working in Washington, Massachusetts, or West Virginia. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Average Electro-Mechanical Technicians Salary

The salary for Electro-Mechanical Technicians ranges between about $37,090 and $88,860 a year.


Electro-Mechanical Technicians who work in Washington, Georgia, or Colorado, make the highest salaries.

How much do Electro-Mechanical Technicians make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $62,140
Arizona $58,940
California $63,830
Colorado $65,870
Connecticut $57,960
Florida $48,320
Georgia $68,690
Idaho $58,550
Illinois $65,260
Indiana $56,590
Iowa $53,840
Kentucky $49,530
Louisiana $58,450
Maryland $68,390
Massachusetts $57,710
Michigan $56,860
Minnesota $56,980
Nebraska $57,420
Nevada $51,030
New Hampshire $60,410
New Jersey $59,660
New York $67,440
North Carolina $61,510
Ohio $64,720
Oklahoma $57,640
Oregon $57,080
Pennsylvania $51,160
South Carolina $58,280
Tennessee $52,900
Texas $57,070
Utah $62,780
Virginia $56,020
Washington $81,790
West Virginia $59,830
Wisconsin $58,340
Wyoming $60,260

What Tools & Technology do Electro-Mechanical Technicians Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Electro-Mechanical Technicians:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Access
  • SAP
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Linux
  • UNIX
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
  • Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software
  • Dassault Systemes SolidWorks
  • PTC Creo Parametric
  • Computerized maintenance management system CMMS
  • Autodesk Inventor
  • Human machine interface HMI software
  • Rockwell RSLogix
  • Circuit simulation software

Becoming an Electro-Mechanical Technician

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Where Electro-Mechanical Technicians Work


The table below shows the approximate number of Electro-Mechanical Technicians employed by various industries.


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