As the need for automation across many industries grows, so do the opportunities for jobs working in the mechanical and automation industries. PMI is recognizing this growth by offering an Electro-Mechanical Technology program to students who are looking for a career in these and other related industries. Continue reading
The welding field offers a wide range of job options in Western, Pa and the surrounding areas. Because welding is a very versatile skill, it can be used across many industries such as manufacturing, construction, and shipbuilding. This versatility allows welders to go wherever the job opportunities are available. Continue reading
If you’re considering a career in the manufacturing industry, you’ve surely seen a lot of training programs, job posts, and other sources that refer to “CNC operators” and “CNC machinists”—and you’re probably wondering how these two titles/positions differ. Continue reading
In order to get a job of any type, you’ve got to have knowledge and skill in the particular field or industry to which you are applying. And if you want to stand out from the other applicants, you’ve also got to have experience. But experience can be hard to come by if you’re new to the field, and it’s hard to get more of it if you don’t already have some to begin with. Continue reading
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.
In November 2017, Shell Chemicals officially began construction of its newest ethane cracker plant in Potter Township, Beaver County, PA. The $6 billion project is expected to be finished in 2021 and promises to bring hundreds of jobs to the area both before and after its completion—and one of those jobs could be yoursif you’ve got the right skills. Continue reading
In the field of welding, available jobs tend to exceed the number of qualified people to fill them. In fact, welding ranked among one of the hardest-to-fill jobs in a recent IndustryWeek’s Salary survey. In those participating in the survey, 67 percent of respondents cite a struggle to fill a recent position due to the lack of candidates with the necessary skills, and 78 percent were concerned about their aging workforce. Continue reading
The manufacturing industry offers many good jobs, with steady work and competitive salaries. However, when many think of manufacturing jobs, the image of women does not often come to mind. In fact, women have played a prime role in manufacturing, when Rosie the Riveter represented women in the manufacturing industry during the 1940’s. Continue reading
Established as the National Institute of Flexible Manufacturing
(NIFM) in 1987 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, the institute was the
brainchild of Harold Corner – co-founder of C&J Industries – and
other local industry leaders who, simply put, wanted to upgrade their
employees’ skills. Then in the 1980’s and 90’s the manufacturing field
saw a shift from manual machining and non-computerized processes to
computer-based manufacturing, but many companies lacked the
resources or capital to train their employees with the new technical skills
or to take a risk in investing in the new technology. NIFM sought
solutions to overcome these obstacles: it’s two-fold goal was to train
incumbent workers in the new technical skills and offer “shared use”
machinery for companies to produce saleable parts while evaluating the
feasibility to adopt the advanced technologies. An ad in the Meadville
Tribune in 1990 summarized it this way: “We’re giving Meadville the
leading edge for tomorrow through advanced technology today!”. Continue reading