Being a robot technician
With the economy moving up and down these days, and the job market not being what it was during previous generations, it is important that students today learn as many marketable skills as possible, especially if they want to go into robotics. One job that is on the rise is the need for robotics technicians, because of all of the robots being used in the manufacturing field. If a student wants to become a robot technician, there are a few steps they need to take.
But first, what does a robotics technician do? There are several fields, not just manufacturing, that need robotics technicians today. These technicians can test medical robots that are used for surgery or military robots that are used on the battlefield. They can also create recreational robots for the entertainment industry. But many, like the technicians that work at RobotWorx, are determined to keep industrial robots in tip top shape day after day.
The first step to becoming a robot technician is training. Usually, a manufacturer or integrator likes a robot technician to have at least an associate’s degree in either electrical engineering technology or mechanical engineering technology. However, many manufacturers and integrators encourage their employees to take on the extra courses needed to graduate with a bachelor’s degree, which opens even more doors for technicians. With a bachelor’s degree, these technicians can become robotics engineers, mechanical engineers, and even electricians – all marketable professions in this day and age.
So, who makes the best technicians? Those people who have good mechanical skills, good hand-eye coordination, dexterity and the ability to think analytically, according to an article from Science Buddies. Candidates should also be good at physics, geometry, algebra and computer sciences – and these classes should be taken at a high school level prior to college if a student is interested in being a robotics technician.
Where do technicians work? Well, they can work for robotics manufacturers like FANUC, KUKA, ABB, Universal Robots, and Motoman. They can work for any manufacturing company that uses robotic automation on their production lines. They can also work for robotics integrators like RobotWorx. RobotWorx, a company that has been around for more than 20 years, is a robotics integrator for all the top robotics companies listed above. Our technicians work with customers to design a robotics system fit for their shop, and then build that system. They also train those customers that come in to learn how to operate their systems.
If you are interested in learning more, contact RobotWorx online or at 740-251-4312.