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Working As A Contract Engineering Technician

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

  • $79,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Contract Engineering 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 Contract Engineering 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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Contract Engineering Technician Career Paths

Contract Engineering Technician
Engineering Technician Field Service Technician
Senior Field Service Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Field Service Technician Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Field Service Technician Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Technician Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Field Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Electrician Project Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Contractor/Technician Technician Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Contractor/Technician Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Contractor/Technician Computer Technician Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer Senior Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Production Manager Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Analyst Chemist
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior Network Engineer Network Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Test Technician 3.2 years
Top Careers Before Contract Engineering Technician
Technician 5.7%
Manager 3.5%
Owner 3.1%
Top Careers After Contract Engineering Technician
Technician 4.4%
Engineer 2.8%

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Top Skills for A Contract Engineering Technician

  1. Test Procedures
  2. Prototype
  3. CAD
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Programmed and modified test procedures.
  • Assemble, test, and troubleshoot prototype electronic circuitry and determine operational parameters.
  • Cut glass solar panels and extracted the film off of them for ICP analysis for copper and cadmium.
  • Manage helpdesk and trouble tickets with Peregrine ticketing system.
  • Debug hardware test failures to subsystem level and provide report to engineering team.

Contract Engineering Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

77.6%

Female

14.4%

Unknown

8.0%
Ethnicity

White

64.0%

Hispanic or Latino

14.3%

Black or African American

10.1%

Asian

8.4%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

French

25.0%

Cantonese

25.0%

Contract Engineering Technician Education

Schools

University of Colorado at Boulder

8.9%

University of Phoenix

8.9%

Rochester Institute of Technology

7.1%

Colorado School of Mines

7.1%

University of Washington

5.4%

Texas Tech University

5.4%

Prairie View A & M University

5.4%

George Washington University

5.4%

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

5.4%

San Diego City College

5.4%

University of Houston

3.6%

Central Texas College

3.6%

Wright State University

3.6%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.6%

Boston University

3.6%

Walden University

3.6%

New York University

3.6%

Wayne State University

3.6%

Dutchess Community College

3.6%

A-Technical College

3.6%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

18.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

12.4%

Business

11.2%

Mechanical Engineering

5.6%

Drafting And Design

5.6%

Engineering

4.5%

Information Technology

4.5%

Management

3.9%

Project Management

3.9%

Computer Information Systems

3.9%

Computer Science

3.9%

Engineering Technology

3.4%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.8%

Industrial Technology

2.8%

Computer Networking

2.8%

Petroleum Engineering

2.2%

Automotive Technology

2.2%

Civil Engineering

2.2%

Computer Engineering Technology

1.7%

Computer Technical Support

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.3%

Associate

19.8%

Other

19.8%

Masters

12.2%

Certificate

6.1%

Diploma

2.3%

Doctorate

0.4%
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