Profession automation engineering technician

Automation engineering technicians collaborate with automation engineers in the development of applications and systems for the automation of the production process. Automation engineering technicians build, test, monitor, and maintain the computer-controlled systems used in automated production systems.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative
  • Enterprising / Realistic
  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Mechatronics

    Multidisciplinary field of engineering that combines principles of electrical engineering, telecommunications engineering, control engineering, computer engineering, and mechanical engineering in the design of products and manufacturing processes. The combination of these areas of engineering allows for the design and development of "smart" devices and the achievement of an optimal balance between mechanical structure and control.

  • Electrical engineering

    Understand electrical engineering, a field of engineering that deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism.

  • Microprocessors

    Computer processors on a microscale that integrate the computer central processing unit (CPU) on a single chip.

  • Computer engineering

    Engineering discipline that combines computer science with electrical engineering to develop computer hardware and software. Computer engineering occupies itself with electronics, software design, and the integration of hardware and software.

  • Design drawings

    Understand design drawings detailing the design of products, tools, and engineering systems.

  • Circuit diagrams

    Read and comprehend circuit diagrams showing the connections between the devices, such as power and signal connections.

  • Automation technology

    Set of technologies that make a process, system, or apparatus operate automatically through the use of control systems.

  • Mechanical engineering

    Discipline that applies principles of physics, engineering and materials science to design, analyse, manufacture and maintain mechanical systems.

  • Control engineering

    Subdiscipline of engineering that focuses on controlling the behaviour of systems through the use of sensors and actuators.

Skills

  • Record test data

    Record data which has been identified specifically during preceding tests in order to verify that outputs of the test produce specific results or to review the reaction of the subject under exceptional or unusual input.

  • Fasten components

    Fasten components together according to blueprints and technical plans in order to create subassemblies or finished products.

  • Assemble machines

    Assemble machines according to instructions and specifications.

  • Align components

    Align and lay out components in order to put them together correctly according to blueprints and technical plans.

  • Install automation components

    Install the automation components according to the specifications of the circuit diagram.

  • Read engineering drawings

    Read the technical drawings of a product made by the engineer in order to suggest improvements, make models of the product or operate it.

  • Prepare production prototypes

    Prepare early models or prototypes in order to test concepts and replicability possibilities. Create prototypes to assess for pre-production tests.

  • Adjust engineering designs

    Adjust designs of products or parts of products so that they meet requirements.

  • Liaise with engineers

    Collaborate with engineers to ensure common understanding and discuss product design, development and improvement.

  • Assist scientific research

    Assist engineers or scientists with conducting experiments, performing analysis, developing new products or processes, constructing theory, and quality control.

  • Set up machine controls

    Set up or adjust machine controls to regulate conditions such as material flow, temperature, or pressure.

Optional knowledge and skills

integrate new products in manufacturing replace machines robotics customise software for drive system keep records of work progress follow safety standards in industrial contexts apply technical communication skills follow work schedule write technical reports set up automotive robot use cam software maintain control systems for automated equipment firmware program a cnc controller program firmware install hardware cad software cae software resolve equipment malfunctions programmable logic controller install software