Robotics & Automated Systems Technology
Robots may be cast as sci-fi villains, yet they’re vital to today’s advanced manufacturers. As a robotics technician, you install, program, and maintain industrial robots and automated manufacturing systems.
A Future-Proof Career
In 2021, there was a global operational stock of 3.5 million industrial robots. The number of installations skyrocketed in 2022, with more than 517,000 new units joining the automated workforce. That’s a growth rate of 31% — and in the U.S., a high concentration of all those new robot installations occurred right here in southeast Michigan.
This stunning level of growth — which shows only signs of increasing in the future — means thousands of new technicians are needed to install, program, and maintain these robots. You have the opportunity for steady work and comfortable wages. Plus, since you’re the one with expert knowledge of robots, there’s little danger of you being replaced by one!
- The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects this field will grow by 7 percent per year through 2030. See more BLS data.
- In Southeast Michigan, typical salaries for OCC graduates range from $60,000 to $70,000 per year— and more, if you’re willing to travel. Explore local jobs.
- Employers often recruit OCC students for entry-level positions part-way through the program and promote them upon graduation.
- Your degree (which costs approximately $8,000) often pays for itself in your first year of work.