Tweak programming to fix problems that arise with automated machines.
What does an Automation Technician do?
Automation Technician are the brain behind the machines. They keep those machines running-and running efficiently-and are capable of tweaking their programming, or the machines themselves, if a problem crops up.
Automated machines are everywhere, from homes to offices to mills to manufacturing plants. They may perform simple tasks like turning off the lights at a certain time of the day, or more complex ones like ensuring that a certain amount of baking powder is dispensed into a packaged muffin mix at a predetermined time. These machines can go out of sync for a variety of reasons, from computer glitches to jamming.
When this happens, it’s your job as an Automation Technician to find the problem and fix it, pronto! A small delay can cost a company thousands of dollars, so you must be able to spot problems and solve them quickly. You must be a laid-back person who can still think and function while multiple alarm bells are sounding.
As an Automation Technician, you work in a grey area between machines and computers, and you must feel comfortable in both worlds. You must be slightly more than a techie/gearhead, however. At times, you may be required to write reports about problems the machines are having, or manuals that owners can use to keep the machines running well. So you must be a good Writer and a good talker, capable of explaining difficult concepts to people who may not understand the basics of either mechanics or computers.