Although most people still think of manufacturing as it was fifty years ago, many would be surprised at the level of technical knowledge required to work in a modern production facility. Increased production requirements have brought increased automation.
About 95 percent of a facility like the BMW plant is robotic. Companies need skilled and talented people to troubleshoot and maintain the complex equipment that keeps them running smoothly.
Industrial Electronics Technology is a broad program designed to prepare graduates for employment in manufacturing, merchandising, testing, installing, monitoring, modifying and repairing electrical and electronic equipment systems, offering both classroom and hands-on experiences.
Industrial electronics maintenance technicians install, troubleshoot, repair and maintain electronic systems and equipment used in industrial manufacturing. They maintain the electronic systems and programmable logic controllers (PLCs), checking for loose connections and defective components on electronic control systems and mechanical equipment.
To fix a problem, technicians may conduct and evaluate computer diagnostic tests or attempt to reproduce the problem on a PLC test system.