Mechatronics Salaries and Work Hours
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median hourly wage for industrial maintenance workers was $45,840 in May 2012, with the top ten percent earning as high as $69,990 per year. Electro-mechanical technicians (mechatronics) had a national average wage of $54,820 in May 2012. Of course, these figures vary significantly, based on experience and skill level, industry, and the size of the company.
The majority of workers in the mechatronics industry work on a full-time basis, with overtime a common occurrence. Workers should be prepared to work shift work, along with overtime and weekends if requested.
Individuals trained in mechatronics pursue careers in many types of fields. Industrial machinery mechanics and maintenance workers maintain and repair factory equipment and industrial machinery, such as production machinery, conveying systems, and packaging equipment. Maintenance workers typically detect machine problems by performing diagnostic tests, check the performance of machinery, and adjust equipment and reset or calibrate sensors and controls.
Electro-mechanical technicians (mechatronics) combine knowledge of mechanical technology with knowledge of electrical and electrical circuits. They install, troubleshoot, repair, and upgrade electronic and computer-controlled mechanical systems, such as robotic assembly machines.
Careers in Mechatronics
Overall employment of industrial machinery mechanics/mechatronics is projected to grow 4%-17% from 2012 – 2022, with a projected growth of 21% in the state of Virginia. Increased adoption of sophisticated manufacturing machinery will require highly skilled workers to keep machines in working order.