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Working As A Digital Technician

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

  • $60,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Digital 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 Digital 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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Digital Technician Career Paths

Digital Technician
Freelance Photographer Editor Consultant
Information Technology Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Freelance Photographer Editor Owner
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Freelance Photographer Editor Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager General Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager Project Manager
Product Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager Sales Manager
Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Consultant Manager
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Consultant Office Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Team Leader Vice President
Founder And Chief Executive Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Team Leader Project Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Specialist Team Leader Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Project Coordinator Research Associate
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Foreman Lead Installer
Installation Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Technical Support Engineer Technical Support Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Artist Design Consultant Radio Frequency Engineer
Senior Field Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Production Artist Front End Developer Lead Engineer
Engineering Technician Lead
7 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician System Technician Electronics Technician
Senior Electronics Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Senior Technologist Senior Field Engineer
Senior Field Service Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Engineering Technician Senior Electronics Technician
Electronics Technician Lead
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$60,000
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$31,000
Min 10%
$60,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Median 50%
$115,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Comporium
Highest Paying City
Seattle, WA
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
3.4 years
How much does a Digital Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Digital Technician in the United States is $60,714 per year or $29 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $31,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $115,000.

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Top Skills for A Digital Technician

  1. Adobe Photoshop
  2. Customer Service
  3. Technical Support
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Scanned in and adjusted color and black & white photos running in the newspaper using Adobe Photoshop.
  • Provided superior customer service to prospective clients, and provided technical/product recommendations on particular items located within the Kiosk.
  • Provided technical support for educational assessment software/hardware, via inbound/outbound telephone and email support to educators.
  • Operated and maintained large-format digital printers and scanners.
  • Accomplished functional installation, provisioning, repair, and testing for analog/digital/fiber-optic voice & data systems.

Digital Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

67.3%

Female

23.5%

Unknown

9.2%
Ethnicity

White

61.6%

Hispanic or Latino

15.7%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

7.6%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.9%

German

12.2%

Carrier

7.3%

Japanese

4.9%

Russian

2.4%

Chinese

2.4%

Czech

2.4%

Hebrew

2.4%

Occidental

2.4%

Mandarin

2.4%

Persian

2.4%

Slovak

2.4%

Hindi

2.4%

Urdu

2.4%

Polish

2.4%

Korean

2.4%

Italian

2.4%
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Digital Technician Education

Schools

Brooks Institute

9.3%

University of Phoenix

8.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

7.0%

University of Texas at Austin

7.0%

School of Visual Arts

6.2%

Hallmark Institute of Photography

5.4%

Academy of Art University

4.7%

Savannah College of Art and Design

4.7%

Columbia College Chicago

4.7%

University of Washington

4.7%

Community College of the Air Force

4.7%

New York University

3.9%

Art Center College of Design

3.9%

Ohio State University

3.9%

University of Houston

3.9%

Rhode Island School of Design

3.9%

Capella University

3.9%

University of Arizona

3.9%

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

3.1%

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

3.1%
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Majors

Photography

20.2%

Graphic Design

11.8%

Business

11.1%

Electrical Engineering

9.4%

Fine Arts

5.5%

Computer Science

5.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.5%

Computer Information Systems

4.2%

Communication

3.8%

Information Technology

3.7%

Criminal Justice

3.1%

Graphic Communications

2.6%

Computer Networking

2.5%

Computer Applications

2.2%

Management

1.8%

Journalism

1.8%

Digital Media

1.7%

Marketing

1.7%

Education

1.5%

English

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.5%

Other

24.9%

Associate

17.0%

Masters

10.3%

Certificate

4.2%

Diploma

1.9%

License

0.7%

Doctorate

0.5%
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