NEXT PROS: Dalton Barnes, Automation & Robotics

By Arkansas Next staff on Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Jacob Slaton
“I love to work on the robots, taking apart grippers, and fixing crashes.” - Dalton Barnes

Dalton Barnes

Hometown: Harrison |  Age: 17  | Where I trained: North Arkansas College | What I earned: Associate degree in Automation Systems Integration-Electronics | Job title: Automation Apprentice  |  Employer: Pace Industries in Harrison

What does an electro-mechanical technician do?

Electro-mechanical technicians operate automated and robotic equipment. They use both electrical and mechanical expertise to maintain and repair the manufacturing equipment, typically found in a factory setting.

“I personally think the biggest benefit in any skilled trade is the knowledge.” - Dalton


• Comprehend equipment manuals, blueprints, schematics and diagrams to assemble and repair equipment.

• Operate automated, robotic and electro-mechanical equipment to make products.

• Evaluate new technologies.

• Install electronic systems and upgrade existing systems.

• Use measuring instruments to test assemblies and robotic equipment.

• Document test results and analysis.

Job Outlook

expected growth from 2016 to 2026 in Arkansas.

There are going to be jobs for the taking, as a recent study revealed that, at the present pace, this industry faces a job shortage of 2 million workers over the next decade.*

This option is for you if:
You want to do something different every day.
You consider yourself a techie.
You don’t mind studying and hard work.
You have a knack for fixing things.

High-end earners (top 10%) make
Median wages in the U.S.
$56,740 Annual
$27.28 Hourly


Arkansas State University–Mid-South
Arkansas Tech University–Ozark Campus
College of the Ouachitas
East Arkansas Community College
National Park College
North Arkansas College
NorthWest Arkansas Community College
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas
Southern Arkansas University Tech
University of Arkansas–Pulaski Technical College
University of Arkansas at Fort Smith–College of Applied Science & Technology
University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology – Crossett
University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville
University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton


ABB Motors & Mechanical Inc.
L'Oreal Maybelline Co.
Lexicon Inc.
McKee Foods Corporation
Pace Industries
Simmons Foods Inc. & Affiliates
Tyson Foods

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics and
* with Boston Consulting Group and Deloitte

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