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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:
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:
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.
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.
Hispanic or Latino11.9%
Black or African American0.6%
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University of Phoenix20.6%
Community College of the Air Force10.7%
Trident Technical College5.4%
Central Texas College4.7%
More Tech Institute4.7%
University of Maryland - University College3.7%
Thomas Edison State University3.5%
Colorado Technical University3.5%
Old Dominion University3.5%
Southern Illinois University Carbondale3.4%
Lincoln Technical Institute3.3%
Cleveland Institute of Electronics3.3%
Tidewater Community College3.1%
Illinois Institute of Technology3.1%
American InterContinental University3.0%
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|Project Development Electronic Technological Designer||Textronic Inc.||Miami, FL||Oct 22, 2015||$97,000|
|Associate, Electronic Trading Technology Integrati||Jpmorgan Chase &Amp; Co.||New York, NY||Jul 14, 2014||$95,000|
|Electronic Technician||Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc.||Mobile, AL||Jan 02, 2011||$73,124|
|Electronics Technician||Fastcap Systems Corporation||Boston, MA||Sep 03, 2015||$72,987|
|Electronics Technician||Fastcap Systems Corporation||Boston, MA||Sep 13, 2016||$72,987|
|Electronic Technician III||Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.||Odessa, TX||May 29, 2015||$71,282|
|Electronic Trading Technical Representative||Bloomberg, LP||New York, NY||Nov 07, 2016||$70,000|
|Electronic Technician||Freedom Security Alarm System Inc.||Garfield, NJ||May 07, 2009||$67,327|
|Electronic Devices Technician||United Mobile Solutions LLC||Dallas, TX||Apr 10, 2015||$65,000|
|Hardware Electronic Technologist||Getaround Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Feb 09, 2015||$65,000|
|Electronics Technician||Coded Instruction Security Corporation||Round Rock, TX||May 15, 2014||$60,000|
|Electronic Technician, All Other||Wazana Bros Int'l, Inc. DBA Micro Solutions ENT.||CA||Apr 22, 2010||$59,000 -
|Electronics Technician||Fonesys Communications Inc.||Westbury, NY||Jul 12, 2012||$58,261|
|Chair, School of Electronic Technology||ITT Educational Services, Inc.||High Point, NC||Feb 17, 2013||$57,189 -
|Mobile Electronics Technician||KMT Wireless, LLC||Norcross, GA||Feb 02, 2012||$56,347|
|Mobile Electronics Technician||KMT Wireless, LLC||Norcross, GA||Jan 31, 2012||$56,347|
|Mobile Electronics Technician||KMT Wireless, LLC||Norcross, GA||May 10, 2015||$55,682|
|Mobile Electronics Technician||KMT Wireless, LLC||Norcross, GA||Jun 25, 2015||$55,682|
|Electronics Technician||Design Criteria, Inc.||Roy, UT||Oct 01, 2012||$54,670|
|Electronics Technician||Superior Controls, Inc.||Seabrook, NH||Feb 17, 2014||$53,995 -
|Mobile Electronics Technician||KMT Wireless, LLC||Duluth, GA||Sep 09, 2010||$53,851|
|Electronic Egineering Technicians||Mobis Alabama, LLC||Montgomery, AL||Dec 14, 2007||$50,000 -
|Electronic & Automatization Technician||Suiza Dairy Corp.||San Juan, PR||Oct 01, 2010||$50,000|
|Electronic & Automatization Technician||Suiza Dairy Corp.||San Juan, PR||Jul 01, 2010||$50,000|
|Electronics Technician||Camera Service Co Inc.||Smyrna, GA||Oct 01, 2010||$48,168|
|Electronics Technician||Camera Service Co Inc.||Smyrna, GA||Oct 04, 2010||$48,168|
|Electronics Technician||Camera Service Co Inc.||Smyrna, GA||Oct 01, 2013||$48,168|
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