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A mechatronics technician combines mechanics, instrumentation, electronics, robotics/automation, computer components and control systems to design products and manufacturing systems.

Do you love to stay on top of the most recent innovations in technology? This job may be a great fit. Mechatronics is a 21st century field that involves machines controlled by electronic systems, or robots. As a mechatronics technician, you’ll have the opportunity to be a part of the newest designs in advanced manufacturing. Working in this emerging field means you’ll combine the principles of mechanical technology and electronics to create inventive products and manufacturing systems.

Mechatronics technicians work in a variety of environments, from the production floor to the laboratory. You might assist engineers in the design of new products, testing prototypes and recording data. Out on the production floor, your duties will include installing and repairing robotic machines, conducting tests, and operating manufacturing equipment. You’ll need to stick to safety procedures and be skilled with tools.

Employers will look for an Associate’s degree, so search for a local college that offers a program that will teach you the skills you need. You can gain even more experience through an additional certification or training program, and the hands-on work will make you stand out to potential employers.

Also Known As:

Automation Application Engineer, Control Systems Engineer, Design Technician, Electro-Mechanical Technician

Mechatronics Tech

Critical Skills

Required

  • Comprehend and Follow Visual, Written, and Oral Instructions
  • Computers
  • Electronic Systems
  • Mechanical Tools, Equipment, and Systems
  • Safety Regulations and Procedures

Preferred

  • Analytical Thinking
  • Communication - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking/Oral
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Operation and Control
  • Problem Solving
  • Quality Assurance
  • Teamwork
  • Technology Design
  • Working with Technology

Key Responsibilities

  • Refer to visual and written instructions to determine production sequences and methods
  • Install and repair electrical and electronic parts and hardware in equipment
  •  Conduct and document electronic and mechanical systems tests
  • Operate metalworking machines
  • Repair and calibrate hydraulic and pneumatic systems
  • Train others to install, use and maintain robots
  • Design and build product prototypes using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software
  • Assemble, install or repair wiring and electrical and electronic components
  • Record type and cost of maintenance or repair work
  • Clean and lubricate shafts, bearings, gears and other parts of machinery

Special Requirements

  • Physical Strength and Dexterity

Interests

  • Aerospace
  • Problem Solving
  • Technical Writing

How to get this job

Associates degree, experience with system and computer integration a plus.

Next Steps for this job

Education is key to getting into this career. PMP Certification, Lean/Six Sigma Certification, technical writing skills needed.



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