Automation technicians troubleshoot, service and fix the computerized systems and robotic devices involved in advanced manufacturing.

Do you love to spend hours tinkering with computers? Are you fascinated by robots? Becoming an automation technician is the perfect way to combine those interests with a successful career. The focus of the job is on machines and equipment that are automated, or don’t require humans in order to work.

An automation technician works everyday on installing, operating, and repairing equipment that moves by itself. This job will also have you working closely with engineers and designers to create manufacturing systems by picking the very best machines for a specific project. You will spend lots of time setting up the automated machines, which involves computer programming and coding. Along with electronic set-up, an automation tech will physically put together automated machines, making sure that every part is in its place.  Another important part of the job is running tests on robotic machines in order to make sure they work properly, and even experimenting with new equipment in order to develop different processes and products.

As an automation technician, you’ll spend your days inside of a computer lab, with some additional time in a production facility, surrounded by machines. Repairs and installations might involve tiny screws or huge parts, and you’ll report to a front line supervisor and/or a team of engineers. Not every project will be action-filled, but if you love the feeling of satisfaction that comes with putting that last screw in place, you’ll love being an automation technician.  

Also Known As:

Robotics Technician, Production Support Technician

Critical Skills


  • Customer Service
  • Design Processes
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Monitoring
  • Production and Processing
  • Quality Assurance
  • Safety
  • Time Management


  • Active Listening
  • Communication - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking/Oral
  • Complex Problem Solving Skills
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Decision Making
  • Deductive Reasoning
  • Mathematics
  • System Evaluation

Key Responsibilities

  • Troubleshoot and repair robotic systems
  • Perform quality checks on products and parts
  • Maintain production equipment and machinery
  • Complete production reports
  • Provide assistance in the production of wiring assemblies
  • Align, fit, or assemble component parts, wires, and controllers 
  • Test and document performance of robotic assemblies
  • Determine work assignments and procedure
  • Shovel, sweep, or clean work areas

Special Requirements

  • Dexterity
  • Heavy Lifting Ability


  • Client Support
  • Manufacturing, Aerospace, Environment or Other Software Dependent Areas
  • Project Management
  • Robotics
  • System Software

How to get this job

PMP Certification

Next Steps for this job

PMP Certification, learn different implementation control software, customer service skills, advanced skills in robotics, servo motors, Six Sigma and/or LEAN knowledge

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