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Automation Technician Services Robotic Milking Machine



Career Overview

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What They Do


Automation technicians are responsible for the installation, operation and maintenance of computer and robotic systems used in a variety of agricultural sectors. They must be proficient in multiple skill clusters including electricity and electronics, fluid power, mechanical systems, and manufacturing processes. They provide service and maintenance in a timely manner, this may include 24/7 emergency service. Attention to detail and completing jobs in a timely manner is important when dealing with robotic technology. Working with the customer, will create a high quality milk product to provide for the end consumer. You may be working around cows, so you must provide a calm and safe environment for the animals, the customer and yourself.

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Job Duties

  • Communicate status, manage expectations, resolve issues and insure top-quality service

  • Assist on installation and potentially work during automation equipment start up

  • Work with team members, site customers and leadership on assigned projects

  • Provide expertise to continue advancement of automated systems throughout a site

  • Install, maintain and inspect control system and workstation installations throughout a facility

  • Schedule maintenance on automation technology to ensure its peak performance

  • Ensure machines are properly calibrated

  • Provide technical and business guidance and mentoring for automation technicians and automation engineers

  • Be part of a rotating schedule to provide 24/7 emergency service

  • Look up and order maintenance and service parts for customers

  • Provide system operation training on the assigned automation systems

  • Attend employer continual training on Virtual Management System products

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Job Earnings


Median Annual Salary: $52,790

Bottom 10% Annual Salary: $29,170

Top 10% Annual Salary: $81,000

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Education/Training Requirements


You may become an entry level automation technician directly out of high school with some background or training through a BOCES program.  You may also elect to pursue an associates or bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, electronics technology, bio-engineers, biological sciences or computer science.  Additionally, there are industry certifications you can obtain.

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Job Outlook & Growth


Automation Technician positions are expected to grow over the next decade.  Many agricultural businesses in New York are adding automation to their operation, which is driving the growth.

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Bill Tyler, Automation Technician

DeLeval Dairy Service

Castile, NY

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Where Can I Work?

Local GLOW Companies With Automation Technician Jobs
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