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Working As A Control Systems Technician

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

  • $69,360

    Average Salary

What Does A Control Systems 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 Control Systems 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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Control Systems Technician Career Paths

Control Systems Technician
System Technician Technician Engineer
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Control Systems Engineer Controls Engineer Project Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Control Systems Engineer Project Manager General Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Engineer Project Engineer
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Systems Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Systems Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Avionics Technician Technician Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
System Technician Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Technical Support Specialist Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Avionics Technician Electronics Technician Installation Technician
Installation Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Controller Service Manager Production Manager
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Controls Technician Field Service Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager General Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Controls Technician Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager
Research And Development Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Technologist Field Service Technician Electrical Engineer
Senior Electrical Engineer
12 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Information Technology Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Technologist Network Administrator Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Controller Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Technical Director
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Technical Services Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Control Systems Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

83.3%

Female

15.0%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

58.3%

Hispanic or Latino

16.7%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

9.7%

Unknown

3.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.5%

Russian

9.1%

Korean

9.1%

Chinese

4.5%

German

4.5%

Bosnian

4.5%

Serbian

4.5%

French

4.5%

Welsh

4.5%

Thai

4.5%

Croatian

4.5%
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Control Systems Technician Education

Schools

Community College of the Air Force

23.9%

University of Phoenix

9.4%

University of Maryland - University College

6.8%

The Academy

6.0%

Pennsylvania State University

5.1%

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

5.1%

Western Governors University

4.3%

Colorado Technical University

4.3%

University of South Florida

3.4%

New England Institute of Technology

3.4%

Michigan State University

3.4%

University of Oklahoma

3.4%

Saint Leo University

3.4%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

2.6%

Webster University

2.6%

San Diego State University

2.6%

Bismarck State College

2.6%

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

2.6%

California State University - Chico

2.6%

A-Technical College

2.6%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

19.4%

Business

13.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

12.5%

Information Technology

6.2%

Accounting

5.8%

Computer Science

4.5%

Automotive Technology

4.2%

Computer Information Systems

4.2%

General Studies

3.6%

Medical Technician

2.9%

Music

2.7%

Education

2.4%

Aviation

2.4%

Mechanical Engineering

2.4%

Computer Networking

2.4%

Management

2.2%

Aerospace Engineering

2.2%

Computer Engineering

2.0%

Electromechanical Instrumentation And Maintenance Technologies/Technicians

2.0%

Computer Engineering Technology

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

32.6%

Other

24.7%

Associate

23.7%

Masters

12.5%

Certificate

4.2%

Diploma

1.3%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.4%
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Real Control Systems Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Distribution Control Systems Controller Kentz USA, Inc. Kemmerer, WY Jan 15, 2011 $197,600
Anchor Systems Controller Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Nov 16, 2009 $100,375
Controls Systems Technician Dey Pharma, L.P. Napa, CA Sep 15, 2011 $81,171
Controls Systems Technician Dey Pharma, LP Napa, CA Sep 15, 2011 $81,171
Controls Systems Technician The Fountain Group Raleigh, NC Nov 28, 2011 $75,591
Controls Tech Foreign Automation System Prime Tool, LLC Madison, AL Aug 01, 2013 $50,000
Control's Tech Foreign Automation Systems Prime Tool LLC Madison, AL Dec 01, 2012 $50,000
Controls Tech Foreign Automation System Prime Tool, LLC Madison, AL Dec 01, 2012 $50,000

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Top Skills for A Control Systems Technician

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  1. Control Systems
  2. PLC
  3. Safety
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  • Facilitated aircraft guidance and control systems' organizational maintenance and technical order accuracy on C-141B cargo planes.
  • Wired all PLC connections and control circuits to NEC specifications and tested proper system operation prior to shipping for customer installation.
  • Programmed and maintained the Allen-Bradley ControlLogix redundant Ethernet linked ControlNet PLC safety alarm and shutdown system.
  • Monitor critical alarms with active emergency database, coordinate alarm conditions and emergency phone calls received from base premises.
  • Install, testing, maintenance and troubleshoot of various types of indication instrumentation including all system critical power distribution components.

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