In November, we discussed PMI’s Mechatronics Technology program. As 2016 comes to a close, let’s take a closer look at industry averages and the opportunities that lay ahead for Electro-Mechanical Technicians in 2017.
The rise of the automated machine
As our global economy continues to rely on computers and automation, industries including manufacturing, aerospace, government and military operations, communications, and energy, rely heavily on electrical and mechanical engineers who design and build automated systems, unmanned devices, and robotic tools. With the growing need for engineers, there is a high demand for their Electro-Mechanical Technician counterparts.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics concluded that Electro-Mechanical Technicians held nearly 14,700 jobs in 2014 and can earn an average of $24.91/hour or $51,820 annually.
Percentages of Electro-Mechanical Technicians in the industry
Average Annual Wage
Additionally, a growing interest in renewable energy has created an entirely new career path for technicians in the Electro-Mechanical Technology field.
Renewal Energy is here to stay.
There is a mounting global interest in renewable energy, such as solar and wind power. The United States continues to develop ways to harness energy from these natural resources to reduce the dependency of fossil fuels and decrease global warming. A commercial concentrated solar power plant (CSP) converts sunlight into energy, generating power and electricity while Wind farms made of massive wind turbines transmit electricity via a system of networks.
Both industries have created thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of economic movement with no signs of slowing down!
- Commercially made solar power is anticipated to become the world’s largest source of electricity by 2050
- Analysts predict that one million homes in the U.S. will have solar power by the end of 2016
- The U.S. wind industry has had an average annual growth of 25.8% over the latest 10 years
An exciting time for the Electro-Mechanical community
It seems 2017 is gearing up to be an electrifying year. It’s never too late to start thinking about a career in Electro-Mechanical Technology. Learn more about PMI’s Mechatronics Technology by calling (814) 333-241 or visiting online!