Exyn is one of at least a dozen firms working in robotics in Southeastern Pa. They are adding jobs building high and low altitude drones, ground and underwater robots, self-driving vehicles and more.
From an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer by Joseph DiStefano.
Exyn’s staff has been doubled in the last year to 50 people, and expects to be doubled again this year, with orders from government agencies and major mining companies mapping underground metals that can be used in smartphones and vehicle batteries, said Nader Elm, 52, Exyn’s co-founder and CEO.
Robot makers say their biggest challenge is a shortage of skilled labor. “Robots are not taking jobs away but making them,” maintained the Pittsburgh-based Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute. More employers complain that robotics jobs are harder to fill than positions in science, cybersecurity, data analysis or management, according to a February survey of more than 400 small and mid-sized manufacturers by the nonprofit Manufacturing Institute.
How can workers get jobs in robotics? First, stay awake in math class, or work in places where you learn to use math. The robotics institute said people who finish trade school, an apprenticeship or two-year college program in robotics and similar fields can expect to pick from technician jobs averaging $62,000 a year. There are open positions throughout the United States.
Specialists with on-the-job experience can approach $100,000, and engineers with bachelor’s or advanced degrees make more. Executives at some companies, including Berwyn-based TE Connectivity, a multinational company that makes robotics sensors, said there’s such a shortage of reliable workers that they’ll assign motivated applicants to the company’s own apprenticeship programs.
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