Do you like to work with your hands? Are you good at building things like models, do-it-yourself kits, and puzzles? Have you ever taken something apart just to see how it works, or just to put it back together again?
Do your friends and family come to you whenever something needs fixed or assembled? Have your teachers or bosses praised your problem-solving skills and attention to detail? Are you a wiz at math, word searches, Sudoku, or those online candy-swapping games?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, we have one more question for you: Did you know that your hobbies and talents could lead to a rewarding career in electro-mechanical technology?
Careers in Electro-Mechanical Technology
Electro-mechanical equipment is equipment comprised of both mechanical and electrical and/or electronic elements. It’s used in a wide variety of industries and is heavily used in manufacturing, production, and assembly plants, as well as on oilrigs and other water vessels.
This type of equipment is very specialized and sensitive, and must be installed, operated, and maintained carefully, according to exacting standards… And that’s where electro-mechanical technicians come in!
Generally speaking, an electro-mechanical technician’s job involves working closely with electro-mechanical and automated equipment. More specifically, this means that, in addition to the broad duties mentioned above, the electro-mechanical technician is responsible for testing, calibrating, and maintaining such equipment and fixing any problems that may arise with it.
Electro-mechanical technicians work with small parts and run wiring. They crunch numbers and consider variables. When something goes wrong, they have to identify the issue, which can sometimes be like searching for a needle in a haystack.
In other words, a career in electro-mechanical technology isn’t easy, and, we’ll admit it, it isn’t for everyone. But for some people, it’s a great career choice.
According to the United States Department of Labor’s official 2016 Labor Statistics, electro-mechanical technicians, on average, earn an income upwards of $34,000 per year. That’s a pretty decent salary, especially if you’re willing to not only accept, but embrace, the challenges that come with the career.
So, are you ready, willing, and able to embrace the challenges of a career in electro-mechanical technology? Do you think you have what it takes?
Qualities of a Good Electro-Mechanical Technician
At PMI, we’ve found that men and women who possess certain qualities do exceptionally well in the field of electro-mechanical technology. Though this is by no means an exhaustive list, key attributes include:
- Attention to Detail
- Patience and Persistence
- Analytical Thinking
Now, think about all those questions we asked you at the beginning of this post—the ones about building models, fixing things for your friends, and doing Sudoku, etc. The skills you use to do those things demonstrate that you have the qualities listed above, which means that, chances are, you do have what it takes for a career in electro-mechanical technology.
Train for Your Career at PMI
PMI’s Electro-Mechanical Technology Program provides students with quality education, training, and hands-on experience that prepares them for swift entry into the workforce. Our carefully-coordinated core curriculum will teach you the fundamentals of print reading, programmable logic controllers, preventative maintenance, troubleshooting, electricity, maintenance welding, and much more and will allow you to use, and become familiar with, industrial, automated, and robotic equipment; and our excellent career services will help you find a job and achieve your career goals after graduation.
To learn more about the Electro-Mechanical Technology Program at PMI, or any of our other programs, please give us a call or schedule a tour of our facility. We’d be more than happy to chat with you to discuss how we can help turn your hobbies and talents into something even more personally—and financially—rewarding.