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Working As An Electronic Test Technician

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

  • $76,371

    Average Salary

What Does An Electronic Test 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 Test 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 Test Technician Career Paths

Electronic Test Technician
Test Engineer Project Manager Construction Manager
Commissioning Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Technician Quality Control Technician Electronics Technician
Electronics Technician Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Field Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Electronics Engineering Technician Engineering Technician Project Engineer
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Electronics Technician Field Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Electronics Engineering Technician Field Service Technician Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Project Engineer Construction Manager
Installation Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Phlebotomist Laboratory Technician
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Quality Control Inspector
Quality Control Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Project Engineer Quality Engineer
Quality Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Electronics Repair Technician Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician
Senior Electronics Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Operations Technician Test Technician
Senior Test Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Electronics Technician Senior Engineering Technician Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Radio Frequency Technician Engineering Technician Systems Engineer
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Radio Frequency Technician Field Service Technician Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Electronics Repair Technician Technician Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Test Technician 3.0 years
Top Employers Before
Technician 5.0%
Assembler 1.8%
Top Employers After
Technician 6.1%

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Electronic Test Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

89.7%

Female

8.3%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

57.7%

Hispanic or Latino

16.9%

Asian

11.7%

Black or African American

9.8%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

17.2%

Arabic

17.2%

French

13.8%

Russian

10.3%

Swahili

3.4%

Portuguese

3.4%

Chinese

3.4%

Romanian

3.4%

Korean

3.4%

Urdu

3.4%

Carrier

3.4%

Hindi

3.4%

Dakota

3.4%

Polish

3.4%

Italian

3.4%

Thai

3.4%
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Electronic Test Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.4%

Community College of the Air Force

9.6%

More Tech Institute

7.7%

Pennsylvania State University

5.8%

Kirkwood Community College

5.8%

Lincoln Technical Institute

5.8%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.8%

Northeastern University

4.8%

New England Institute of Technology

3.8%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.8%

Cleveland Institute of Electronics

3.8%

Los Angeles Pierce College

3.8%

Palomar College

3.8%

San Diego City College

3.8%

ITT Technical Institute-Germantown

3.8%

National University

2.9%

Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology

2.9%

Wake Technical Community College

2.9%

Columbus State Community College

2.9%

Pennsylvania College of Technology

2.9%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

42.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

19.7%

Business

6.3%

Computer Science

4.2%

Information Technology

3.9%

Computer Information Systems

2.5%

Computer Engineering Technology

2.1%

Computer Technical Support

2.0%

Management

1.8%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.8%

Communication

1.7%

Engineering Technology

1.5%

Education

1.4%

Computer Engineering

1.4%

Computer Networking

1.4%

Industrial Technology

1.1%

General Studies

1.1%

Automotive Technology

1.1%

Accounting

1.1%

Pharmacy

1.0%
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Degrees

Associate

34.9%

Bachelors

24.3%

Other

23.4%

Certificate

9.0%

Masters

4.9%

Diploma

3.4%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Top Skills for An Electronic Test Technician

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  1. Component Level
  2. Oscilloscopes
  3. Electronic Devices
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed failure analysis and repair of complex circuitry to component level.
  • Used test equipment Oscilloscopes, wavelength and power meter, Fluke Analog, and mechanical tools.
  • Participated in the testing, troubleshooting, repair, and final certification of electronic devices.
  • Perform testing and trouble shooting to component level of PCBA's and assembles of aircraft power supplies and Javelin battery chargers.
  • Follow customer and DRS acceptance test procedures and documented test results, using applicable test equipment and automated test equipment.

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