What Is an Advanced Manufacturing Technician?

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Alternate Titles

Manufacturing Production Technician, Electro-Mechanical Technician, Mechatronics Technician, Industrial Engineering Technician, Quality Control Technician

Apprenticeships

Advanced Manufacturing Technician is an approved occupation for a Registered Apprenticeship through the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Typical programs last one or more years. Apprenticeships can specialize in many specific sub-fields depending on the needs of the employer. 

Education

To become an Advanced Manufacturing Technician, individuals may: 

  • Complete a Registered Apprenticeship Program.
  • Complete an Advanced Manufacturing Technician certificate or degree program.
  • Choose a combination of on-the-job learning and self-study. 

Experience

Most employers want one to three years of experience in manufacturing. However, many accept workers with no experience for entry-level roles and provide on-the-job training. 

Salary Range

$60,000–$65,000/year1

Advanced Manufacturing Technicians set up, test, and adjust plant machinery and equipment, including robots and 3D printers, using any combination of electronic, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, or computer technologies. Depending on their area of specialty, Advanced Manufacturing Technicians may also help develop, operate, or repair electronic or computer-controlled robotic systems. They also monitor production processes or equipment for quality and productivity, support supply line engineering in the analysis and reporting of material and product issues, and inspect finished products for quality and adherence to customer specifications.

A Day in the Life

A typical day for an Advanced Manufacturing Technician may include reading schematics for the assembly of a mechanical component needed for a specific project, programming robotic systems for a new assembly process, setting up the machinery and equipment to assemble the part, and testing the machinery for accurate production of the part. 

The Job

As an Advanced Manufacturing Technician, tasks may include:

  • Set up, test, and adjust plant machinery and equipment.
  • Fabricate, assemble, and inspect mechanical, electrical, or electronic components, parts, or assemblies. Use hand or power tools, fixtures, or other equipment to align, fit, and assemble component parts. 
  • Develop, operate, or repair electronic or computer-controlled mechanical systems. 
  • Install and program software or hardware in a variety of systems. 
  • Work with engineers and machinists on equipment, systems, and designs. Support supply line engineering in the analysis and reporting of material and product issues.
  • Monitor production processes or equipment for quality and productivity. Conduct statistical analysis, quality control, and quality assurance studies to analyze costs and procedures for sustainability.
  • Communicate efficiently with team members and monitor operations to ensure safety regulations are met. 

 

A full lists of tasks for the Advanced Manufacturing Technician role can be found on the U.S. Department of Labor O*Net website.

High-Demand Job

With the growing need for clean energy technology, there is a huge demand for Advanced Manufacturing Technicians to manufacture the parts and equipment needed for renewable energy systems, batteries, and electric vehicles. As demand grows for manufacturing jobs in clean energy technologies, workers can enjoy more job security, opportunities for competitive pay, and a wide array of potential employers. 

Career Pathways and Advancement

Advanced Manufacturing Technicians can advance into engineering, management, quality control, and research and design positions with additional education and training. For more information about career advancement opportunities and paths, visit the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) Solar Career Map and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Career Map.

Work Environment

Mostly indoors in manufacturing facilities. Some time may be spent on job sites. 

Certification and Licensing

Occupational Safety and Health Information (OSHA) 10-hour or 30-hour certifications may be required or recommended. Industry-specific certifications, such as certifications in lean manufacturing or robotics operation and maintenance, can help to identify specific areas of knowledge. 

Tips for Entry

To prepare for a career as an Advanced Manufacturing Technician, consider taking courses in construction, engineering, or manufacturing. To get a foot in the door, consider applying for entry-level positions at manufacturing companies that have technician positions or apprenticeships.

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  1. Wage data is based on information in the IREC solar career map. Information on the methodology can be found here.