Robotics Technician

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Associate's degree

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What They Do

Robotics Technicians Career Video

Builds, installs, tests, or maintains robotic equipment or related automated production systems.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Manufacturing Production Process Development pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Makes repairs to robots or peripheral equipment, such as replacement of defective circuit boards, sensors, controllers, encoders, or servomotors.
  • Troubleshoots robotic systems, using knowledge of microprocessors, programmable controllers, electronics, circuit analysis, mechanics, sensor or feedback systems, hydraulics, or pneumatics.
  • Installs, programs, or repairs programmable controllers, robot controllers, end-of-arm tools, or conveyors.
  • Maintains service records of robotic equipment or automated production systems.
  • Modifies computer-controlled robot movements.
  • Performs preventive or corrective maintenance on robotic systems or components.
  • Aligns, fits, or assembles components, using hand tools, power tools, fixtures, templates, or microscopes.
  • Attaches wires between controllers.
  • Evaluates the efficiency and reliability of industrial robotic systems, reprogramming or calibrating to achieve maximum quantity and quality.
  • Tests performance of robotic assemblies, using instruments such as oscilloscopes, electronic voltmeters, or bridges.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Automation Technician — Sets up and maintains the automation machines that they are responsible for.
  • Electrical and Instrumentation Technician (E and I Technician) — Installs, services and maintains electrical equipment including lighting and receptacle circuits, motors, starters, motor control centers, programmable controllers, control panels and transformers.
  • Electronics Technician — Helps design, develop, test, manufacture, install, and repair electrical and electronic equipment.
  • Field Service Technician
  • Instrument Specialist
  • Instrumentation Technician