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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:
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:
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.
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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Electrical Engineer-SR. Member of Technical Staf||Forza Silicon Corporation||Pasadena, CA||Jul 21, 2013||$100,000|
|Senior Electrical Engineering Technologist||Edge Finance, LLC||Pinehurst, TX||Mar 21, 2016||$90,000|
|Electrical Engineering Technologist||Automation Systems & Diagnostics, Inc.||Apex, NC||Aug 14, 2015||$86,237|
|Electrical Engineer/Power Engineering Technology||Consumers Energy Company||Essexville, MI||Aug 15, 2016||$86,040|
|Electrical Engineering Technician||Walter T. Gorman, P.E., P.C.||New York, NY||Sep 30, 2014||$82,000|
|Electrical Engineering Technician||Autorica, LLC.||LaGrange, GA||May 19, 2015||$80,000|
|Electrical Engineering Technologist||Virtual Power Systems, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Sep 20, 2016||$75,000|
|Electrical Engineering Technician||Hamco America, Inc.||West Point, GA||Nov 10, 2016||$71,198|
|RF Engineer .02 Electrical Engineering Technologists||Presto Engineering, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Aug 17, 2016||$70,000|
|Electrical Engineering Technologist||Raimbow Home Improvement Inc.||New York, NY||Jul 18, 2016||$68,869|
|Electrical Engineering Technologist||Raimbow Home Improvement Inc.||New York, NY||Jul 10, 2016||$68,869|
|Electrical Engineer Technician||Michigan Technological University||Houghton, MI||May 08, 2016||$66,400|
|Electrical Engineering Technician||WIZ Tech, Inc.||Opelika, AL||Feb 25, 2016||$66,165|
|SR. Electrical Field Engineering Technician||Electric Power Systems International, Inc.||Gilbert, AZ||Sep 15, 2016||$59,700|
|SR. Electrical Engineering Technician||JOON, LLC D/B/A AJIN USA||Cusseta, AL||Jun 29, 2016||$58,885|
|Electrical Engineering Technician III||Mobis Alabama, LLC||West Point, GA||Feb 19, 2016||$58,032|
|Electrical Engineer-Purchasing and Technical SUP||NAC Group, Inc.||Saint Petersburg, FL||Sep 17, 2014||$57,309|
|Electrical Engineering Technologist||Gowell International LLC||Houston, TX||Jul 25, 2016||$57,000|
|Electrical Engineering Technologist||Hana Factory Automation Corporation||Opelika, AL||May 01, 2015||$56,368|
|Electrical Engineering Technician||BCE Engineers, Inc.||Tacoma, WA||Sep 20, 2015||$55,952|
|Electrical Engineering Technologist||C. Hood and Associates, Inc.||CA||Jul 19, 2013||$49,462|
|Senior Electrical Engineering Technician||Sungwon Alabama Corp.||Montgomery, AL||Feb 29, 2016||$49,000 -
|Electrical Engineering Technologist||Svtronics, Inc.||Plano, TX||Mar 09, 2016||$49,000|
|Electrical Engineering Technologist||Svtronics, Inc.||Plano, TX||Sep 06, 2013||$49,000|
|Electrical Engineering Technologist||Svtronics, Inc.||Plano, TX||Sep 09, 2016||$49,000|
|Electrical Engineering Technologist||Svtronics, Inc.||MI||Sep 06, 2013||$49,000|
|Electrical Engineering Technologist||Svtronics, Inc.||Plano, TX||Sep 03, 2015||$49,000|
|LED Electrical Engineering Technician||Bitro Group, Inc.||Hackensack, NJ||Nov 18, 2015||$48,693|
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