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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

  • $61,130

    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
Quality Assurance Technician Quality Assurance Operations Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Technician Field Service Technician Operations Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Technician Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Production Manager
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Field Service Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Manager Plant Manager General Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Service Manager General Manager
President/Chief Executive Officer
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Systems Administrator Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Quality Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Metrology Technician Engineering Technician Quality Engineer
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Systems Engineer Project Engineer
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Radio Frequency Technician Engineering Technician Quality Engineer
Quality Systems Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Manager Operations Manager General Manager
Regional Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Senior Consultant Product Manager
Research And Development Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Technician Quality Assurance Manager Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Metrologist 4.0 years
Test Technician 3.1 years
Top Employers Before
Technician 10.4%
Supervisor 2.7%
Top Employers After
Technician 9.0%
Supervisor 3.9%
Engineer 2.8%

Calibration Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

85.5%

Female

12.8%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

77.3%

Hispanic or Latino

12.9%

Asian

7.8%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

69.4%

German

4.1%

Tagalog

4.1%

Comanche

2.0%

Portuguese

2.0%

Dutch

2.0%

Chinese

2.0%

Vietnamese

2.0%

Cantonese

2.0%

French

2.0%

Mandarin

2.0%

Dakota

2.0%

Korean

2.0%

Italian

2.0%
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Calibration Technician Education

Schools

Community College of the Air Force

16.3%

University of Phoenix

13.6%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

7.5%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

4.8%

Ashford University

4.1%

Southern Polytechnic State University

4.1%

Palomar College

4.1%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.1%

Tidewater Community College

4.1%

ITT Technical Institute - Indianapolis

3.4%

Northern Essex Community College

3.4%

San Diego State University

3.4%

San Jose State University

3.4%

Excelsior College

3.4%

A-Technical College

3.4%

More Tech Institute

3.4%

Remington College

3.4%

Brookdale Community College

3.4%

Colorado Technical University

3.4%

Northeastern University

3.4%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

29.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

14.2%

Business

12.8%

Computer Science

4.4%

Electromechanical Instrumentation And Maintenance Technologies/Technicians

3.8%

Mechanical Engineering

3.5%

Music

3.3%

Management

2.8%

Information Technology

2.6%

General Studies

2.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.5%

Engineering

2.5%

Industrial Technology

2.4%

Automotive Technology

2.0%

Physics

2.0%

Communication

1.9%

Computer Engineering

1.8%

Computer Information Systems

1.8%

Biology

1.7%

Aviation

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

29.6%

Other

28.6%

Associate

27.6%

Certificate

6.0%

Masters

5.6%

Diploma

2.1%

Doctorate

0.4%

License

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Calibration Technician

LabEquipmentCalibrationProceduresTemperatureControllersTorqueWrenchesIso/IecOscilloscopesPreventiveMaintenanceTroubleshootFrequencyCountersSignalGeneratorsMicrometersSafetyNistElectronicTestEquipmentRFMetrologyPressureGaugesMeasurementEquipmentComponentLevelSpectrumAnalyzers

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Top Calibration Technician Skills

  1. Lab Equipment
  2. Calibration Procedures
  3. Temperature Controllers
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained calibration schedules and records for lab equipment.
  • Maintain three calibration software platforms and develop, debug/test calibration procedures.
  • Perform Calibration on pneumatic & mechanical torque wrenches used in the assembly of the 787 Dream liners.
  • Assisted in maintaining laboratory ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation.
  • Calibrate and test final assemblies and sub assemblies to correct specs using multi-meters and oscilloscopes both manual and automatic.

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