Electro-mechanical maintenance technicians work on systems that are an amalgamation of both electrical and mechanical works. They perform preventative and regular maintenance on electro-mechanical systems and are also trained in handling moderate and complex repair work. Electro-mechanical maintenance technicians operate and test equipment such as submarines and aircrafts which do not necessarily require the involvement of a human to run them.
Popular work areas for electro-mechanical maintenance technicians are oil rigs, deep ocean explorations and the robotics industry where they are required to assist engineers in designing robotic equipment. Electro-mechanical maintenance technicians use a variety of tools for diagnosing and making corrections to electro-mechanical equipment.
It is not really important for electro-mechanical maintenance technicians to possess more than a high school diploma to be eligible for this work but a degree in electronics or mechanical engineering is helpful. Since this is a high-energy job, employers typically look for people who are available for emergency overtime and have the capacity to self-direct. The ability to stay organized and handle difficult maintenance and repair issues by exercising tact is also a prerequisite for this position.
An electro-mechanical maintenance technician must possess knowledge of working safely in a possibly hazardous environment. People who have experience in working in manufacturing environments are usually given preference for this position. Here is a list of duties that an electro-mechanical maintenance technician performs on a typical workday:
• Install, maintain and repair a variety of electro-mechanical equipment
• Perform calibration activities to ensure compliance with set industry codes
• Modify and adjust complex process equipment and instruments
• Perform regular and preventative maintenance on installed electro-mechanical equipment
• Troubleshoot complex problems associated with electro-mechanical machinery by following precedential steps
• Install electric parts and hardware using equipment such as soldering irons
• Align and fit assemblies using hand and power tools
• Perform inspection on a daily basis to determine startup problems
• Verify part dimensions with a view to conform to provided specifications
• Fabricate housings, jigs and fixtures by operating metalwork machines
• Repair and calibrate pneumatic assemblies to meet job specifications
• Diagnose issues with complex control systems and employ tactics to resolve them effectively
• Maintain knowledge of drawings, blueprints, schematics and inspection manuals
• Fabricate replacements for unavailable parts until they can be procured from the vendor
• Maintain parts and equipment inventory and handle ordering processes by liaising with vendors and suppliers
• Fill out progress forms and create reports for each task completed during the day
• Provide training to new employees in a bid to help them understand electro-mechanical work particular to the company that they are working for
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