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Working As A Calibration Technician

  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Make Decisions

  • $80,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Calibration Technician Do

Electrical and electronics engineering technicians help engineers design and develop computers, communications equipment, medical monitoring devices, navigational equipment, and other electrical and electronic equipment. They often work in product evaluation and testing, using measuring and diagnostic devices to adjust, test, and repair equipment. They are also involved in the manufacture and deployment of equipment for automation.

Duties

Electrical engineering technicians typically do the following:

  • Put together electrical and electronic systems and prototypes
  • Build, calibrate, and repair electrical instruments or testing equipment
  • Visit construction sites to observe conditions affecting design
  • Identify solutions to technical design problems that arise during the construction of electrical systems
  • Inspect designs for quality control, report findings, and make recommendations
  • Draw diagrams and write specifications to clarify design details of experimental electronics units

Electrical engineering technicians install and maintain electrical control systems and equipment, and modify electrical prototypes, parts, and assemblies to correct problems. When testing systems, they set up test equipment and evaluate the performance of developmental parts, assemblies, or systems under simulated conditions. They then analyze test information to resolve design-related problems.

Electronics engineering technicians typically do the following:

  • Design basic circuitry and draft sketches to clarify details of design documentation, under engineers’ direction
  • Build prototypes from rough sketches or plans
  • Assemble, test, and maintain circuitry or electronic components according to engineering instructions, technical manuals, and knowledge of electronics
  • Adjust and replace defective circuitry and electronic components
  • Make parts, such as coils and terminal boards, by using bench lathes, drills, or other machine tools

Electronics engineering technicians identify and resolve equipment malfunctions and then work with manufacturers to get replacement parts. They also calibrate and perform preventative maintenance on equipment and systems.

These technicians often need to read blueprints, schematic drawings, and engineering instructions for assembling electronic units. They also write reports and record data on testing techniques, laboratory equipment, and specifications.

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How To Become A Calibration Technician

Electrical and electronics engineering technicians typically need an associate’s degree.

Education

Programs for electrical and electronics engineering technicians usually lead to an associate’s degree in electrical or electronics engineering technology. Vocational–technical schools include postsecondary institutions that serve local students and emphasize training needed by local employers.

Community colleges offer programs similar to those in technical institutes but include more theory-based and liberal arts coursework. Some of these colleges allow students to concentrate in computer electronics, industrial electronics, or communications electronics.

Prospective electrical and electronics engineering technicians usually take courses in ANSI C, C++ programming, Java programming, physics, microprocessors, and circuitry. The Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET accredits programs that include at least college algebra, trigonometry, and basic science courses.

Important Qualities

Logical-thinking skills. Electrical and electronics engineering technicians must isolate and then identify problems for the engineering staff to work on. They need good reasoning skills to identify and fix problems. Technicians must also be able to follow a logical sequence or specific set of rules to carry out engineers’ designs, inspect designs for quality control, and put together prototypes.

Math skills. Electrical and electronics engineering technicians use math for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Mechanical skills. Electronics engineering technicians in particular must be able to use hand tools and soldering irons on small circuitry and electronic parts to create detailed electronic components by hand.

Observational skills. Electrical engineering technicians sometimes visit construction sites to make sure that electrical engineers’ designs are being carried out correctly. They are responsible for evaluating projects onsite and reporting problems to engineers.

Problem-solving skills. Electrical and electronics engineering technicians create what engineers have designed and often test the designs to make sure that they work. Technicians help to resolve any problems that come up in carrying out the engineers’ designs.

Writing skills. These technicians must write reports about onsite construction, the results of testing, or problems they find when carrying out designs. Their writing must be clear and well organized so that the engineers they work with can understand the reports.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) offers certification in electrical power testing. This certification would benefit those technicians working in the electric power generation, transmission, and distribution industry.

ETA International also offers certifications in several fields, including basic electronics, biomedical, and renewable energy.

The International Society of Automation offers certification as a Control Systems Technician. To gain such certification, technicians must demonstrate skills in pneumatic, mechanical, and electronic instrumentation. In addition, they must demonstrate an understanding of process control loops and process control systems.

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Calibration Technician Career Paths

Calibration Technician
Field Service Technician Systems Administrator Consultant
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Chief Engineer
9 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Team Leader Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Test Technician Engineering Technician
Senior Engineering Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Test Technician Manufacturing Technician
Senior Manufacturing Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Test Technician Engineering Technician Electrician
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Engineer Service Engineer
Senior Service Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Technician Chemist
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Technician Quality Assurance Electrician
Lead Electrical Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Technician Senior Technologist Senior Field Engineer
Senior Field Service Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Technician Technician Instrument Technician
Senior Instrument Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Technician Technical Testing Engineer
Senior Test Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Electrician Controls Engineer Systems Integrator
Senior Electronics Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Electronics Engineering Technician Senior Electronics Technician
Electronics Technician Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Electronics Engineering Technician Electronics Engineer Senior Electronics Technician
Senior Electronic Engineering Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Engineer Mechanical Engineer Equipment Engineer
Senior Equipment Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Technician Research And Development Technician Senior Research And Development Technician
Senior Process Technician
6 Yearsyrs
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Top Skills for A Calibration Technician

  1. Calibration Procedures
  2. Calibration Lab
  3. Temperature Controllers
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Analyze and interpret data, enter information into database, and update certification on all equipment to complete calibration procedures.
  • Inspect and evaluate new calibration standards for proper operation before releasing to calibration laboratory.
  • Contract) Calibrating (Honeywell, Partlow and Jumo) manufactured temperature controllers.
  • Calibrated/Adjusted 50 Torque wrenches, limiters, and or screw drivers a week saving $5,000 a week in contractor fees.
  • Assisted in maintaining laboratory ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation.

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Calibration Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

79.6%

Female

12.3%

Unknown

8.1%
Ethnicity

White

61.3%

Hispanic or Latino

17.2%

Black or African American

10.4%

Asian

7.7%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

64.3%

German

4.3%

Chinese

2.9%

Cantonese

2.9%

French

2.9%

Mandarin

2.9%

Tagalog

2.9%

Italian

2.9%

Comanche

1.4%

Marshallese

1.4%

Vietnamese

1.4%

Portuguese

1.4%

Russian

1.4%

Japanese

1.4%

Dutch

1.4%

Dakota

1.4%

Swedish

1.4%

Korean

1.4%
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Calibration Technician Education

Schools

Community College of the Air Force

19.3%

University of Phoenix

18.0%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

5.7%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

4.9%

More Tech Institute

4.1%

Tidewater Community College

4.1%

Erie Community College

3.7%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.3%

ITT Technical Institute-Norwood (Massachusetts)

3.3%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.3%

Excelsior College

3.3%

Austin Community College

3.3%

Northeastern University

3.3%

ITI Technical College

3.3%

Northern Essex Community College

2.9%

Ashford University

2.9%

University of Maryland - University College

2.9%

Pennsylvania State University

2.9%

A-Technical College

2.9%

Southern New Hampshire University

2.9%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

29.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

15.8%

Business

13.6%

Computer Science

4.1%

Mechanical Engineering

3.0%

Management

2.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.9%

Information Technology

2.9%

General Studies

2.8%

Electromechanical Instrumentation And Maintenance Technologies/Technicians

2.7%

Music

2.6%

Computer Engineering Technology

2.3%

Automotive Technology

2.3%

Engineering

2.1%

Industrial Technology

1.8%

Physics

1.8%

Communication

1.7%

Aviation

1.6%

Computer Networking

1.6%

Criminal Justice

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

29.1%

Associate

28.6%

Other

28.1%

Certificate

6.2%

Masters

5.3%

Diploma

2.0%

Doctorate

0.4%

License

0.2%
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