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Working As An Electronic Instrument Technician

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

  • $71,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Electronic Instrument 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 An Electronic Instrument 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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Electronic Instrument Technician Career Paths

Electronic Instrument Technician
Electronics Technician Field Service Technician
Senior Field Service Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Engineering Technician
Senior Engineering Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Electrician Supervisor
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Owner Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Electrician Foreman
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Electrician Foreman Superintendent
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Maintenance Supervisor
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Quality Assurance Supervisor
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Superintendent Quality Control Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Instrument And Controls Technician IC Technician
Lead Instrument Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Instrument And Controls Technician Controls Engineer Systems Integrator
Senior Electronics Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Instrument And Controls Technician Commissioning Technician IE Technician
Senior Instrument Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Electronics Technician Senior Engineering Technician Senior Research And Development Technician
Senior Manufacturing Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Instrument And Electrical Technician Electrical Supervisor
Lead Electrical Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Electronics Technician
Electronics Technician Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Electronics Engineering Technician
Senior Electronic Engineering Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Senior Electronics Technician
Senior Test Technician
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
IE Technician 3.7 years
Top Careers Before Electronic Instrument Technician
Technician 6.3%
Mechanic 3.2%
Owner 2.5%
Top Careers After Electronic Instrument Technician
Technician 3.9%
Supervisor 3.5%

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Electronic Instrument Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

87.9%

Unknown

8.6%

Female

3.5%
Ethnicity

White

60.8%

Hispanic or Latino

15.0%

Black or African American

12.8%

Asian

7.6%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.7%

French

14.3%

Hindi

14.3%

Urdu

14.3%

German

7.1%

Albanian

7.1%

Italian

7.1%
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Electronic Instrument Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.8%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

7.7%

Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College

7.7%

Central State University

6.2%

Ashford University

6.2%

Schoolcraft College

4.6%

Vincennes University

4.6%

Community College of the Air Force

4.6%

A-Technical College

4.6%

University of Missouri - Columbia

4.6%

Forsyth Technical Community College

4.6%

Idaho State University

4.6%

Pearl River Community College

4.6%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

3.1%

Springfield Technical Community College

3.1%

ECPI University

3.1%

San Jacinto College District

3.1%

Delaware County Community College

3.1%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.1%

Mesa Community College - Boswell

3.1%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

33.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

19.2%

Business

7.9%

Electrical/Electronics Maintenance And Repair Technology

5.0%

Industrial Technology

4.3%

Computer Science

4.0%

Information Technology

3.0%

Computer Information Systems

2.6%

Electromechanical Instrumentation And Maintenance Technologies/Technicians

2.6%

Music

2.3%

Mechanical Engineering

2.3%

Management

1.7%

General Studies

1.7%

Mechatronics And Robotics

1.7%

Communication

1.7%

Engineering Technology

1.3%

Heating And Air Conditioning

1.3%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

1.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.3%

Industrial Engineering

1.3%
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Degrees

Associate

35.5%

Other

27.3%

Bachelors

24.9%

Masters

4.4%

Certificate

4.1%

Diploma

2.5%

License

1.4%
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Highest Electronic Instrument Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Electronic Instrumentation Technician Brekford Corp MD Jul 29, 2015 $64,501
Electronics Instrumentation Technician Brekford Corporation MD Oct 27, 2014 $45,698
Electronics Instrumentation Technician Brekford International Corporation MD Oct 27, 2011 $42,099
Electronics Instrumentation Technician Brekford Corporation MD Oct 27, 2011 $42,099

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Top Skills for An Electronic Instrument Technician

  1. Electrical Systems
  2. PLC
  3. Preventative Maintenance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared, reviewed and maintained documentation associated with facility electrical systems and equipment.
  • Installed PLC systems including uploading/downloading base software.
  • Identified equipment issues while conducting preventative maintenance and providing resolutions to eliminate equipment failure or damage.
  • Maintain and repair instruments such as gauges, Pressure switches, Chlorine analyzers, water samplers, and flow meters.
  • Inspect parts for surface defects.

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