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Working As An Electronic Systems Technician

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

  • $68,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Electronic 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 An Electronic 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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Electronic Systems Technician Career Paths

Electronic Systems Technician
Field Service Technician Service Manager Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Systems Administrator Engineer
Lead Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Systems Administrator Consultant
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
System Technician Technician Engineering Technician
Senior Engineering Technician
8 Yearsyrs
System Technician Technician Field Engineer
Senior Field Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
System Technician Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Chief Engineer
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Design Engineer Electrical Engineer
Senior Electrical Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Project Engineer Controls Engineer
Senior Controls Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Electrician Team Leader Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Electrician Electrical Engineer Systems Engineer
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Electrician Supervisor Service Manager
Installation Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Analyst Chemist
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Engineer Service Engineer
Senior Field Service Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Quality Assurance Analyst Quality Assurance Supervisor
Systems Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Electronics Technician Senior Engineering Technician
Engineering Laboratory Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Electronics Technician Senior Engineering Technician Senior Research And Development Technician
Senior Manufacturing Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Laboratory Technician Test Technician
Senior Test Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Field Engineer Electrical Engineer
Senior Electrical Designer
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Electronics Technician
Electronics Technician Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Test Technician Bench Technician Electronics Technician
Senior Electronics Technician
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
System Technician 4.6 years
Technician 2.7 years
Top Careers Before Electronic Systems Technician
Technician 4.3%
Cashier 3.6%
Owner 3.2%
Installer 2.9%
Supervisor 2.5%
Top Careers After Electronic Systems Technician
Technician 5.5%
Owner 4.7%
Instructor 2.5%

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Electronic Systems Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

83.6%

Unknown

8.2%

Female

8.2%
Ethnicity

White

60.2%

Hispanic or Latino

16.5%

Black or African American

12.5%

Asian

7.2%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

61.9%

German

14.3%

Berber

4.8%

Japanese

4.8%

French

4.8%

Carrier

4.8%

Arabic

4.8%
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Electronic Systems Technician Education

Schools

Community College of the Air Force

20.3%

University of Phoenix

14.6%

Lincoln Technical Institute

8.1%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

8.1%

Central Texas College

6.5%

Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology

4.1%

Florida State College at Jacksonville

3.3%

Grantham University

3.3%

Liberty University

3.3%

Thomas More College

3.3%

Lincoln College of Technology - Indianapolis

3.3%

University of Maryland - University College

2.4%

Regis University

2.4%

Western Governors University

2.4%

Franklin University

2.4%

Cleveland Institute of Electronics

2.4%

American InterContinental University

2.4%

A-Technical College

2.4%

University of Washington

2.4%

Colorado Technical University

2.4%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

28.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

19.3%

Business

12.4%

Computer Science

5.2%

Information Technology

5.2%

Computer Information Systems

4.2%

Management

3.4%

Computer Networking

2.9%

General Studies

2.3%

Computer Engineering

2.1%

Automotive Technology

1.9%

Aviation

1.9%

Engineering

1.7%

Industrial Technology

1.5%

Liberal Arts

1.3%

Project Management

1.3%

Criminal Justice

1.3%

Psychology

1.3%

Human Resources Management

1.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.3%
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Degrees

Other

29.1%

Bachelors

28.9%

Associate

22.3%

Masters

8.4%

Certificate

7.6%

Diploma

2.5%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Top Skills for An Electronic Systems Technician

  1. Electrical Systems
  2. Safety Procedures
  3. Troubleshoot
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  • Installed, maintained and repaired air traffic control, weather, ground aircraft control and warning radar systems and related subsystems.
  • Ensured supplies of repair parts and end items to maintenance activities through automated channels.

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