electro-mechanical technology
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Electro-Mechanical Technology

What does an Electro-Mechanical Technician do?
Electro-mechanical technicians, as the job title states, combine knowledge of electrical and electronic circuits with mechanical systems to help design, develop and test systems in a manufacturing facility. Technicians help engineers or scientists research, develop and design products, collect information for quality control, or help plan the production process.

The electro-mechanical technician also may inspect and test parts and systems, evaluate or review electrical schematics, design circuits, create schematics or help select and purchase new equipment or control systems to improve the manufacturing process.

What skills are needed for this job?
Knowledge of the principles of science, engineering, and math to help solve problems; ability to read electronic schematics and mechanical drawings or interpret written/verbal instructions on your own, with little outside help; basic knowledge of typical computer software.

What is the job outlook?
According to the US Bureau of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Electro-mechanical technicians are expected to have 3 percent employment growth between 2006 and 2016…job growth should be driven by increasing demand for electro-mechanical products such as unmanned aircraft and robotic equipment.” See the Occupational Outlook Handbook: www.bls.gov/oco/ocos112.htm

Black Hawk College Program: Choose the Electro-Mechanical 15-hour certificate or the Electro-Mechanical “track” of the 64-credit Engineering Technology Associate in Applied Science degree

For information, contact Advising at the Black Hawk College Quad Cities campus: (309) 796-5100, or ADVQC@bhc.edu.