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Robotics Technicians
SOC Code: 17-3024.01

Build, install, test, or maintain robotic equipment or related automated production systems.

Sample of reported job titles: Automation Technician, Electrical and Instrumentation Technician (E and I Technician), Field Service Technician, Instrument and Automation Technician, Instrument Specialist, Instrument Technician, Instrumentation and Controls Technician, Instrumentation and Process Controls Technician, Process Control Technician, Programmable Logic Controllers Technician

Tasks

  • Make repairs to robots or peripheral equipment, such as replacement of defective circuit boards, sensors, controllers, encoders, or servomotors.
  • Troubleshoot robotic systems, using knowledge of microprocessors, programmable controllers, electronics, circuit analysis, mechanics, sensor or feedback systems, hydraulics, or pneumatics.
  • Install, program, or repair programmable controllers, robot controllers, end-of-arm tools, or conveyors.
  • Maintain service records of robotic equipment or automated production systems.
  • Modify computer-controlled robot movements.
  • Perform preventive or corrective maintenance on robotic systems or components.
  • Align, fit, or assemble components, using hand tools, power tools, fixtures, templates, or microscopes.
  • Attach wires between controllers.
  • Evaluate the efficiency and reliability of industrial robotic systems, reprogramming or calibrating to achieve maximum quantity and quality.
  • Test performance of robotic assemblies, using instruments such as oscilloscopes, electronic voltmeters, or bridges.
  • Train customers or other personnel to install, use, or maintain robots.
  • Build or assemble robotic devices or systems.
  • Document robotics test procedures and results.
  • Assist engineers in the design, configuration, or application of robotic systems.
  • Install new robotic systems in stationary positions or on tracks.
  • Program complex robotic systems, such as vision systems.
  • Develop robotic path motions to maximize efficiency, safety, and quality.
  • Fabricate housings, jigs, fittings, or fixtures, using metalworking machines.
  • Train robots, using artificial intelligence software or interactive training techniques, to perform simple or complex tasks, such as designing and carrying out a series of iterative tests of chemical samples.
  • Inspect installation sites.
  • Maintain inventories of robotic production supplies, such as sensors or cables.
  • Develop three-dimensional simulations of automation systems.

Technology Skills

  • Analytical or scientific software - Analytical software; Logic Design RoboLogix; Simulation software
  • Computer aided design CAD software - Autodesk AutoCAD ; Dassault Systemes SolidWorks
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
  • Data base user interface and query software - Database software
  • Development environment software - ABB RobotStudio; Ada; C
  • Industrial control software - FANUC Robotics ArcTool; FANUC Robotics iRVision; FANUC Robotics Through Arc Seam Tracking TAST; FANUC Robotics Torchmate 3 (see all 10 examples)
  • Object or component oriented development software - C++
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Operating system software - Linux ; Microsoft Windows
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

Tools Used

  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Binocular light compound microscopes
  • Chart recorders
  • Coordinate measuring machines CMM
  • Flowmeters - Flow meters
  • Force or torque sensors - Force gauges
  • Frequency counters or timer or dividers - Frequency counters
  • Hammers
  • Hydrometers
  • Integrated circuit testers - Logic analyzers
  • Interferometers - Laser interferometers
  • Laser fax machine - Laser facsimile machines
  • Laser printers
  • Microcontrollers - Programmable automation controllers PAC; Programmable logic controllers PLC
  • Multimeters
  • Ohmmeters - Volt-ohm meters VOM
  • Open end wrenches
  • Oscilloscopes - Waveform monitors
  • Personal computers
  • Photocopiers - Copy machines
  • Portable data input terminals - Hydraulic dataloggers
  • Potentiometers
  • Power drills - Electric drills
  • Scanners - Laser scanners
  • Screwdrivers
  • Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine - Shielded arc welding tools
  • Signal generators - Function generators
  • Soldering iron - Soldering tools
  • Voltage or current meters - Voltmeters
  • Welding robots - Robotic teach pendants
  • Workshop cranes

Knowledge

  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

Skills

  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  • Installation - Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.

Abilities

  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Visual Color Discrimination - The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Perceptual Speed - The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Mathematical Reasoning - The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
  • Memorization - The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Reaction Time - The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
  • Speed of Closure - The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.

Interests

  • Interest code: RI
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Work Context

  • Electronic Mail - 95% responded “Every day.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 77% responded “Every day.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 77% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 73% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 73% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Telephone - 50% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 45% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 55% responded “Every day.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 41% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 41% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Consequence of Error - 45% responded “Extremely serious.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 55% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Contact With Others - 32% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 41% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions - 41% responded “Every day.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 50% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Time Pressure - 32% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment - 41% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 32% responded “Important results.”
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled - 36% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Degree of Automation - 43% responded “Highly automated.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 32% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 45% responded “Moderate responsibility.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 32% responded “Very important.”
  • Physical Proximity - 55% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).”
  • Level of Competition - 38% responded “Moderately competitive.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 64% responded “About half the time.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 32% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
45%Associate's degree
23%Post-secondary certificate
18%Bachelor's degree

Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

Work Values

  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
  • Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $27.28 hourly, $56,740 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 14,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Slower than average (2% to 4%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 1,200

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