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Working As An Electronics Repair Technician

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

  • $91,498

    Average Salary

What Does An Electronics Repair 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 Repair 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 Repair Technician Career Paths

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Radio Frequency Technician Engineering Technician Senior Electronics Technician
Electronics Technician Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Project Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Test Technician Field Service Technician Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Technical Support Specialist Network Administrator
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Technical Support Specialist Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Project Manager Construction Manager
Installation Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Technician Production Supervisor Maintenance Manager
Operations And Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Assembly Technician Instrument Technician Electronics Engineer
Senior Electronic Engineer
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Specialist Field Service Technician
Senior Electronics Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician
Senior Field Service Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Radio Frequency Technician Radio Frequency Engineer Senior Design Engineer
Senior Hardware Engineer
9 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Technician Technician Test Technician
Senior Test Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Network Technician Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Correction Officer Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Test Technician Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Repair Technician 3.1 years
Test Technician 3.0 years
Technician 2.6 years
Top Careers Before Electronics Repair Technician
Technician 5.8%
Internship 2.3%
Supervisor 2.1%
Top Careers After Electronics Repair Technician
Technician 9.2%
Owner 2.1%

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Electronics Repair Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

88.6%

Female

9.8%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

61.6%

Hispanic or Latino

14.6%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

8.7%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

Russian

6.8%

Chinese

4.5%

Turkish

4.5%

French

4.5%

Arabic

4.5%

Berber

2.3%

Portuguese

2.3%

Vietnamese

2.3%

German

2.3%

Greek

2.3%

Japanese

2.3%

Mandarin

2.3%

Persian

2.3%

Bengali

2.3%

Cantonese

2.3%

Hindi

2.3%
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Electronics Repair Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.9%

Community College of the Air Force

8.8%

More Tech Institute

7.7%

Central Texas College

7.7%

Old Dominion University

6.6%

A-Technical College

5.5%

ECPI University

4.4%

Grantham University

4.4%

Southern California Institute of Technology

4.4%

Pima Community College

4.4%

ITT Technical Institute-Louisville

4.4%

Kaplan University

4.4%

Oklahoma State University

4.4%

ITT Technical Institute-Charlotte North

3.3%

Career College of Northern Nevada

3.3%

American River College

3.3%

ITT Technical Institute-Troy

3.3%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

3.3%

Art Institute of Phoenix

3.3%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

3.3%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

37.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

15.6%

Business

7.8%

Computer Science

4.7%

Computer Engineering Technology

4.3%

Computer Networking

3.9%

Information Technology

3.9%

Computer Information Systems

3.3%

General Studies

2.4%

Engineering

2.1%

Automotive Technology

2.0%

Aviation

1.7%

Criminal Justice

1.7%

Computer Engineering

1.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.7%

Management

1.5%

Mechanical Engineering

1.5%

Industrial Technology

1.0%

Communication

1.0%

Graphic Design

1.0%
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Degrees

Associate

31.5%

Other

30.3%

Bachelors

24.3%

Certificate

5.1%

Masters

4.3%

Diploma

4.1%

Doctorate

0.3%

License

0.1%
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Top Skills for An Electronics Repair Technician

  1. Component Level Repair
  2. Circuit Boards
  3. Computer
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  • Performed component level repair and modification.
  • Performed electronic tests and troubleshoot defective printed circuit boards to component level in the manufacturing department.
  • Inspect and repair electronic computer in accordance with component maintenance manual.
  • Performed daily preventive maintenance checks and services, troubleshooting, testing, diagnosis, repair and replacement of component parts.
  • Performed electronic repair to component level.

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