January 24, 2024 by SME Among the many 21st-century manufacturing careers available to workers across a variety of experience levels is the robotics technician. The success of any robotics deployment hinges on the expertise of skilled technicians who ensure the robotic systems are functioning properly. Workers in this role develop, test, operate and maintain industrial robots and other machines. They often work in conjunction with robotics engineers in the testing and development of innovative designs and applying robotics for specific production applications. Click for Infographic Most workers who begin their careers as robotic technicians have either earned a certificate in robotics from a trade school or community college or have studied electrical or mechanical engineering at a two- or four-year college, earning an associate degree in one of those disciplines. Some of the hard and soft skills required in this role are good problem-solving abilities, better-than-average mechanical knowledge and experience, good time management, the ability to work well in a team setting, safety knowledge and awareness, and good communication skills. Entry-level robotics technicians have an average starting salary of $59,800, and after a few years of experience can make $61,657. Robotics technicians who are mature in their careers can expect salaries of $86,500. These figures vary by region. Check the Bureau of Labor Statistics for more detailed information for your area. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics there are more than 1,000 estimated annual robotics technician job openings expected in the U.S over the next decade. Robotics technicians usually work in manufacturing environments where automobiles, appliances, computers, or other consumer goods are made. In addition, there is a need for these skills in agriculture, healthcare, logistics and the military. Their main objective is to optimize the efficiency of robotic equipment and extend its lifespan. For more information about what robotics technicians do in their profession, visit this link at Goodwin University. For more information about Tooling U-SME’s Robotics in Manufacturing Fundamentals certification credential, visit this link at Tooling U-SME. Visit SME Jobs Connection to search for job openings in your industry.