WACO, TX — According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities in technicians, electromechanical & mechatronic technologists are projected to rise to 15,100 nationally by 2029. Additionally, the agency predicts job growth will be seen in electromechanical, machinery, motor vehicle parts, control instruments, and navigational manufacturing areas. As a state, Texas, has over 1,900 electromechanical and mechatronic technologists and technicians earning an annual mean wave of $56,750; according to the labor statistics bureau.
Anthony Spalding, Director of Interns & Apprentice programs at HOLT CAT in Irving, said it can still be challenging to find qualified applicants for industrial systems, welding, and other heavy equipment and manufacturing fields.
"To work in this field or any other trades-related field, the individual needs to have an interest or desire to work with their hands and create, from concept to finish, a product they had a part in," said Spalding
"As far as inspiring interest, it is exposure to the fields and education on career opportunities and compensation," he added. Edward Chaney, TSTC's statewide chair of the Industrial Systems department addresses this with the following statement about their training program.
"The program in Waco is designed to provide our students with a wide range of valuable skills, from basic machining to boiler maintenance and even programmable logic controllers, which are the prevalent control systems in the industry today," said Chaney.