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Working As An Electronic Maintenance Technician

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

  • $98,740

    Average Salary

What Does An Electronic Maintenance 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 Maintenance 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 Maintenance Technician Career Paths

Electronic Maintenance Technician
Computer Technician Field Engineer Construction Manager
Commissioning Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Controls Technician Control Supervisor
Controls Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Controls Technician Foreman Electrical Foreman
Electrical Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Systems Administrator Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Field Service Technician Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Electrician Service Technician Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Engineer Construction Manager
Installation Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager
Operations And Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Field Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Leader Group Leader
Section Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager General Manager Security Officer
Security Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Technician Electrical Technician
Senior Electrical Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Electrician Electronics Technician
Senior Electronics Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician
Senior Field Service Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Electronic Maintenance Supervisor Electronics Technician Test Technician
Senior Test Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Warehouse Manager Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Electronic Maintenance Technician
Technician 5.9%
Manager 2.0%
Top Careers After Electronic Maintenance Technician
Technician 5.2%
Engineer 4.2%

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Electronic Maintenance Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

91.3%

Female

7.7%

Unknown

1.0%
Ethnicity

White

60.2%

Hispanic or Latino

16.5%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

7.0%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.8%

French

8.8%

Japanese

5.9%

Arabic

5.9%

Swedish

2.9%

Portuguese

2.9%

Comanche

2.9%

Vietnamese

2.9%

Scots

2.9%

Cree

2.9%

Carrier

2.9%
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Electronic Maintenance Technician Education

Schools

Community College of the Air Force

13.9%

University of Phoenix

13.0%

ECPI University

7.0%

Grantham University

6.1%

University of Maryland - University College

5.2%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

5.2%

Barstow Community College

5.2%

Central Texas College

4.3%

Cochise College

4.3%

Texas A&M University

3.5%

Excelsior College

3.5%

Thomas Edison State University

3.5%

Trident Technical College

3.5%

Strayer University

3.5%

Georgia Military College - Milledgeville

3.5%

Anne Arundel Community College

3.5%

American InterContinental University

3.5%

Ashford University

2.6%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

2.6%

A-Technical College

2.6%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

33.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

16.3%

Business

11.8%

Computer Science

4.3%

Information Technology

4.3%

Computer Information Systems

3.2%

Aviation

2.6%

Computer Networking

2.6%

Industrial Technology

2.4%

General Studies

2.1%

Management

2.1%

Electrical/Electronics Maintenance And Repair Technology

2.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.1%

Computer Engineering Technology

2.1%

Engineering

1.9%

Computer Engineering

1.7%

Education

1.5%

Military Applied Sciences

1.3%

Automotive Technology

1.3%

Mechatronics And Robotics

1.3%
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Degrees

Other

31.6%

Associate

29.4%

Bachelors

23.3%

Masters

6.7%

Certificate

5.8%

Diploma

2.7%

Doctorate

0.3%

License

0.1%
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Top Skills for An Electronic Maintenance Technician

  1. Preventative Maintenance
  2. Electrical Equipment
  3. Repair Parts
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Implemented programs to maximize operator to technician communication reducing downtime and ensuring completion of all preventative maintenance.
  • Read and understand electrical diagrams, schematics and blueprints for troubleshooting electrical equipment.
  • Performed inspections of repair parts management, maintenance operations, and calibration procedures.
  • Conducted fault analysis on extensive networks and complex electronic systems; utilized test equipment and diagnostic software to verify operational solutions.
  • Utilize safety procedures maintaining a safe and clean working environment, immediately reporting any problems or damages to supervisor.

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