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Working As An Electronics Engineering Technician

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

  • $59,965

    Average Salary

What Does An Electronics Engineering 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 Electronics Engineering 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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Electronics Engineering Technician Career Paths

Electronics Engineering Technician
Senior Engineering Technician Project Manager Construction Manager
Commissioning Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Electronics Engineer Project Engineering Manager Estimator Project Manager
Electrical Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Design Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Field Service Technician Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Technician Quality Engineer Quality Assurance Supervisor
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Test Technician Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Quality Control Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Electronics Technician Senior Engineering Technician Senior Engineer
Senior Electrical Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Electrician Instrument Technician Electronics Engineer
Senior Electronic Engineer
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Electronic Engineering Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Senior Engineer Engineering Specialist
Senior Engineering Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Electronics Engineer Senior Electronics Technician Senior Engineering Technician
Senior Research And Development Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Technician Mechanical Technician Test Technician
Senior Test Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Electronics Technician Field Engineer Systems Engineer
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Technical Support Technician Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Test Technician Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Test Technician 3.0 years
Top Careers Before Electronics Engineering Technician
Technician 6.4%
Top Careers After Electronics Engineering Technician
Technician 4.8%
Owner 2.5%
Engineer 2.4%

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Electronics Engineering Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

91.0%

Female

7.8%

Unknown

1.2%
Ethnicity

White

60.7%

Hispanic or Latino

16.2%

Black or African American

10.6%

Asian

8.5%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

61.3%

Russian

9.7%

French

6.5%

Dakota

6.5%

Portuguese

3.2%

German

3.2%

Hebrew

3.2%

Korean

3.2%

Cree

3.2%
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Electronics Engineering Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.5%

ECPI University

12.0%

Community College of the Air Force

6.0%

Colorado Technical University

6.0%

University of Houston

5.1%

ITT Technical Institute - Indianapolis

4.3%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

4.3%

ITT Technical Institute-Houston West

4.3%

Cleveland Institute of Electronics

4.3%

Central Texas College

4.3%

Oklahoma State University

4.3%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.4%

University of Texas at San Antonio

3.4%

Temple University

3.4%

New England Institute of Technology

3.4%

State University of New York Buffalo

3.4%

ITT Technical Institute-Seattle

3.4%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.4%

Point Park University

3.4%

Lincoln Technical Institute

3.4%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

47.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

16.6%

Business

6.8%

Computer Science

6.0%

Information Technology

2.8%

Computer Engineering Technology

2.8%

Engineering

1.7%

Automotive Technology

1.6%

Education

1.5%

Computer Engineering

1.5%

Computer Networking

1.5%

General Studies

1.3%

Computer Information Systems

1.3%

Engineering Technology

1.2%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.2%

Computer Programming

1.1%

Mechanical Engineering

1.1%

Management

0.8%

Communication

0.8%

Physics

0.8%
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Degrees

Associate

32.9%

Bachelors

27.9%

Other

24.4%

Masters

6.9%

Certificate

5.4%

Diploma

2.1%

Doctorate

0.5%
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Real Electronics Engineering Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Electronics Engineer-Technical Advisor Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Jan 11, 2015 $100,500 -
$120,900
Electronics Engineer-Technical Advisor Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Sep 17, 2015 $100,500 -
$120,900
Electronics Engineer Technical Lead Cummins Inc. Houston, TX Jan 12, 2015 $99,000 -
$124,200
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians Coherent, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 07, 2014 $93,829
Electronics Engineer-Technical Specialist Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Sep 09, 2016 $88,234 -
$97,300
Electronics Engineer-Technical Specialist Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Oct 31, 2016 $88,234 -
$97,300
Electronics Engineering Technician-Rf Aridian Technology Company, Inc. Rolling Hills Estates, CA Oct 09, 2014 $86,840
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians KLA-Tencor Corporation Colchester, VT Sep 11, 2013 $86,299
Electronic Engineering Technologist Microplex Printware Corp Bedford, OH Oct 01, 2015 $85,000
Electronics Engineer-Technical Specialist Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Dec 09, 2015 $82,100 -
$99,800
Electronics Engineer-Technical Specialist Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Jan 08, 2015 $82,100 -
$99,800
Electronics Engineer-Technical Specialist Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Dec 27, 2016 $82,100 -
$99,800
Electronics Engineer-Technical Specialist Cummins Emission Solutions Inc. Columbus, IN Mar 28, 2016 $82,100 -
$99,800
Electronics Engineer-Technical Specialist Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Jul 23, 2015 $82,100 -
$99,800
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians Ormat Technologies, Inc. Mammoth Lakes, CA Nov 06, 2013 $75,171
Electronics Engineer-Technical Specialist Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Aug 23, 2015 $75,000 -
$92,400
Electronics Engineer-Technical Specialist Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Oct 15, 2015 $75,000 -
$99,800
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians Applied Materials, Inc. Malta, NY Jan 14, 2014 $73,923 -
$86,600
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians Coherent, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 07, 2014 $73,653
Electronics Engineer-Technical Specialist Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Oct 12, 2015 $72,030 -
$92,400
Electronics Engineering Technologists Systems Technology Group, Inc. Warren, MI Oct 20, 2014 $71,739
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians Fords Packaging Systems Murray, KY Sep 09, 2013 $71,000 -
$72,000
Electronics Engineering Technicians Igate Technologies Inc. Braintree Town, MA Jul 07, 2015 $60,000
Electronics Engineering Technicians Igate Technologies Inc. Houston, TX Oct 11, 2015 $60,000
Electronic Engineering Technician Igate Technologies Inc. Cleveland, OH Jun 15, 2015 $60,000
Electronics Engineering Technician Igate Technologies Inc. San Diego, CA Feb 09, 2015 $60,000
Electronics Engineering Technician Igate Technologies Inc. Oak Brook, IL Feb 09, 2015 $60,000
Electronics Engineering Technician Igate Technologies Inc. Atlanta, GA Feb 09, 2015 $60,000
Electronics Engineering Technician Igate Technologies Inc. Braintree Town, MA Feb 09, 2015 $60,000
Electronics Engineering Technician Igate Technologies Inc. Braintree Town, MA Feb 16, 2015 $60,000

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Top Skills for An Electronics Engineering Technician

  1. Prototype
  2. New Product Development
  3. Test Equipment
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  • Designed, constructed and tested prototype equipment for electrical systems and components, consistent with engineering and other specifications.
  • Provide support for new product development, product improvement, materials and component testing.
  • Ensured calibration and functionality of test equipment and tracked issuance and location.
  • Test and repair to component level of PC based antenna control units along with all system-integrated electronics in the antenna systems.
  • Job required knowledge of minicomputer and microcomputer based testing and fabrication of test boards to verify designs.

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