Magazine article Techniques

Electromechanical Technician

Magazine article Techniques

Electromechanical Technician

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ELECTROMEHANICAL TECHNICIANS INSTALL, TEST, OPERATE AND MAINTAIN ELECTRONIC, ELECTRICAL, mechanical or integrated systems and equipment in industrial settings. Working with electrical and mechanical engineers, their duties may include reading blueprints and schematics, measuring to ensure specifications are met, and analyzing and recording test results. They use metalworking machinery to make parts such as housings and fittings. Electromechanical technicians install, calibrate and repair electronic and computer-controlled mechanical equipment, hydraulic and pneumatic assemblies, and even robotic equipment.

The Workplace

The U.S. Department of Labor reports that most electromechanical technicians work for larger manufacturing companies or engineering firms. Manufacturing employers include machinery, electromedical instruments, control instruments, and navigational and measuring instruments, as well as semi-conductor and other electronic component manufacturing.

Education

Electromechanical technicians require knowledge and skills in mechanical, electronic, control and computer systems; therefore, they usually need some postsecondary education--through either an associate degree or certificate program. These are offered at a number of community colleges and career and technical schools across the country.

Earnings

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in May 2014, the median annual wage for electromechanical technicians was $53,070, with the highest 10 percent earning more than $82,700.

Job Outlook

The BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook notes that because electromechanical technicians are "generalists in technology" they have a broad skill set that will help sustain employment, especially as machines wired to computer control systems become more important in manufacturing. Other factors contributing to jobs for electromechanical technicians include increasing demands for engineers to design and build new equipment in areas like automated processes and renewable energies.

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SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT

CENTRAL TECHNOLOGY CENTER

CENTRAL TECHNOLOGY CENTER, WHICH IS PART OF THE OKLAHOMA CAREERTECH SYSTEM, SERVES more than 30,000 students at its campuses in Drumright and Sapulpa. In addition to offering more than 150 full-time and short-term classes, with certifications and licensures available in most areas of study, the center also provides customized business and industry training to more than 500 area businesses. Central Tech is proud of its high ranking in job placement for graduates--93 percent placement for students entering the workforce or continuing their education--as well as its Gold Star School of Excellence Award in technology education, which it has received since its inception, now totaling 25 consecutive years. The school, which is also a part of the Southern Regional Education Board Technology Centers That Work network, celebrated its 45th anniversary in February 2015.

As is typical of a technology center that is part of the Oklahoma career tech system, Central Tech recognizes industry trends, as well as the needs of business and industry in the state, and adapts its training to meet those needs. …

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