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Whatís it all about: Robotics technicians help the robotics engineers (robotics engineers design the robots) make and operate robots. Many industries use robotics to do precise, complicated and repetitive tasks. Robots donít necessary look like human beings. An industrial robot may simply be a mechanical arm. Some robots that look like human beings have been developed to move, breathe, and sweat as humans do. These robots help test clothing, equipment and conditions to see how protected they would be. Robotic Technicians are involved in every phase of robotic design and development. After the robotics engineer designs a robot, the technician builds a model of the robot and conducts tests to make sure the robot works properly. If the robot performs correctly, the robotics technician then draws up the blueprints that show how to manufacture the robot. Some robotics technicians assemble robots. They put together and install special mechanical or electrical parts of the robot. They may also test the finished robots to make sure they perform correctly. Other robots technicians actually operate and maintain the robots. They may teach other employees how to use and maintain the robots. Technicians who help design the robots work in offices; those who operate and maintain the robots work in factories. The demand for industrial robots has been increasing and is expected to continue to increase.

Study for success: You need knowledge in the following areas: science, mathematics, computer and electronics, engineering and technology, blueprint reading and machining. Most employers prefer to hire those who have completed a minimum of a two-year program in robotics, industrial technology, or manufacturing engineering technology.

Discover more: For more information look online:
Robotic Industries Association
Society of Manufacturing Engineers
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
          Education Information, 345 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017

Related jobs: Electrical and Electronics Engineers/Technicians; Industrial Machinery Mechanics, Numerical Control Tool Programmers, CAD Technicians

For more information contact:

Paulette Howell

Career Development

Auburn Career Center

(440) 357-7542, ext. 239


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