Robotics Technicians


Education and Training Requirements

High School

In high school, you should take as many science, math, and computer classes as possible. Recommended courses are biology, chemistry, physics, algebra, trigonometry, geometry, calculus, graphics, computer science, English, speech, composition, social studies, and drafting. In addition, take shop and vocational classes that teach blueprint and electrical schematic reading, the use of hand tools, drafting, and the basics of electricity and electronics.

Postsecondary Training

Changes occur so rapidly within robotics, which is why it's beneficial for technicians to have a broad-based education that encompasses, but is not solely focused on, robotics. Programs that provide the widest career base are those in automated manufacturing, which includes robotics, electronics, and computer science.

Although the minimum educational requirement for a robotics technician is a high school diploma, many employers prefer to hire technicians who have received formal training beyond high school. Two-year programs are available in community colleges and technical institutes that grant an associate's degree in robotics. The armed forces also offer technical programs that result in associate's degrees in electronics, biomedical equipment, and computer science. The military uses robotics and other advanced equipment and offers excellent training opportunities to members of the armed forces. This training is highly regarded by many employers and can be an advantage in obtaining a civilian job in robotics.

Other Education or Training

Associations such as the Robotic Industries Association and the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, among others, offer webinars, conference sessions, and other educational opportunities that are helpful for robotics technicians. Topics include robotics safety standards and career opportunities in the field. Contact these associations to learn more.

Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

Some technicians become certified. Certification is a status granted by a technical or professional organization for the purpose of recognizing and documenting an individual’s abilities in their field. They may be certified in electrics or electronics engineering. The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies offers certification in electrical power testing, https://www.nicet.org/certification-programs. The ETA International offers certification in various electronics specializations, https://www.eta-i.org. And the International Society of Automation offers certification in control systems, https://www.isa.org.

Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

Take as many math and science classes as possible and participate in internships and other opportunities to gain experience in the field.

Because the field of robotics is rapidly changing, one of the most important requirements for a person interested in a career in robotics is the willingness to pursue additional training on an ongoing basis during his or her career. After completing their formal education, robotics technicians may need to take additional classes in a college or university or take advantage of training offered through their employers and professional associations.

Robotics technicians need manual dexterity, good hand-eye coordination, and mechanical and electrical aptitude. Other important traits include a detailed-oriented personality, strong communication skills, and an ability to work both independently and as a member of a team, when necessary.