Automation Technician / Coordinator

Automation Technician / Coordinator

Automation technicians are responsible for the installation, operation and maintenance of computer and robotic systems used in a variety of agricultural sectors. They must be proficient in multiple skill clusters including electricity and electronics, fluid power, mechanical systems, and manufacturing processes. Automation technicians perform the administration, configuration, design, maintenance, programming and qualification of various systems, while also troubleshooting any issues that might occur.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Assist engineering and plant staff with the specification, installation and modification of systems
  • Communicate status, manage expectations, resolve issues and insure top-quality service
  • Work with team members, site customers and leadership on assigned projects
  • Provide expertise to continue advancement of automated systems throughout a site
  • Install, maintain and inspect control system and workstation installations throughout a facility
  • Inspect and review manufacturing equipment installations for design and troubleshooting purposes
  • Ensure machines are properly calibrated
  • Coordinate personnel schedules and duties as required to accomplish departmental goals
  • Provide technical and business guidance and mentoring for automation technicians and automation engineers
  • Provide system operation training on the assigned automation systems
  • Provide troubleshooting and maintenance support for all assigned automated systems potentially at all hours depending upon plant schedule
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, computers, mathematics and physics.
Education/Training Required: 
A bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, electronics technology, bio-engineers, biological sciences or computer science is a minimum requirement of employers, and there are industry certifications you can obtain.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
Because most of today’s technology includes automation, automation technicians can work in a variety of factories and plants. In food packaging and processing plants, automation may help with sizing, weighing and more. Companies that rely heavily on computer data processing software may also employ automation technicians.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
  • The International Society of Automation
  • The Organization for Machine Automation and Control
  • IEEE Robotics and Automation Society 
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$67,000
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