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Working As An Electronics Technician Lead

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

  • $66,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Electronics Technician Lead 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 Technician Lead

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 Technician Lead Career Paths

Electronics Technician Lead
Supervisor Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Manager
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Owner Maintenance Manager
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Operations Manager Project Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Service Manager Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Owner/Operator
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Quality Manager Production Manager
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Owner Owner/Manager Service Manager
Information Technology Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Owner Maintenance Manager Production Manager
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Electronics Supervisor Store Manager Service Manager
Installation Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Store Manager Site Manager Support Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Maintenance Supervisor
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Quality Assurance Supervisor
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Manufacturing Supervisor Quality Assurance Supervisor
Systems Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Senior Technician Specialist Senior Engineer
Senior Electrical Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Lead Technician Senior Technologist
Senior Engineering Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Lead Technician Senior Field Service Engineer Senior Field Service Technician
Senior Field Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Test Technician 3.2 years
Technician 2.7 years
Top Careers Before Electronics Technician Lead
Cashier 4.6%
Technician 4.5%
Supervisor 2.1%
Manager 1.8%
Top Careers After Electronics Technician Lead
Technician 5.7%
Supervisor 3.6%
Owner 3.0%
Manager 3.0%

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Electronics Technician Lead Demographics

Gender

Male

79.8%

Female

12.1%

Unknown

8.1%
Ethnicity

White

61.0%

Hispanic or Latino

16.6%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

7.3%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.3%

French

7.9%

German

5.3%

Carrier

5.3%

Korean

5.3%

Portuguese

2.6%

Chinese

2.6%

Vietnamese

2.6%

Japanese

2.6%

Greek

2.6%

Dakota

2.6%

Polish

2.6%

Italian

2.6%
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Electronics Technician Lead Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.5%

Community College of the Air Force

8.5%

Strayer University

6.2%

Central Texas College

6.2%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

5.4%

Excelsior College

4.6%

Cleveland Institute of Electronics

4.6%

ECPI University

3.8%

ITT Technical Institute-Albuquerque

3.8%

Purdue University

3.8%

College of Southern Nevada

3.8%

University of Akron

3.1%

Pennsylvania State University

3.1%

Trident Technical College

3.1%

Park University

3.1%

El Paso Community College

3.1%

Ashford University

3.1%

University of Central Florida

3.1%

Heald College - Central Administrative Office

3.1%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.1%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

32.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

14.5%

Business

14.5%

Computer Science

4.0%

Information Technology

3.8%

Computer Information Systems

3.5%

Criminal Justice

3.1%

General Studies

2.7%

Management

2.6%

Communication

2.5%

Computer Engineering Technology

2.0%

Education

1.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.9%

Electrical/Electronics Maintenance And Repair Technology

1.8%

Automotive Technology

1.7%

Computer Engineering

1.7%

Aerospace Engineering

1.3%

Computer Networking

1.3%

Graphic Design

1.3%

Accounting

1.3%
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Degrees

Other

31.2%

Bachelors

28.2%

Associate

25.4%

Masters

6.1%

Certificate

5.5%

Diploma

2.6%

Doctorate

0.7%

License

0.2%
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Top Skills for An Electronics Technician Lead

  1. Component Level Repair
  2. Customer Service
  3. Preventative Maintenance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Work with through hole and surface mount component level repair, trouble shooting and design.
  • Record daily production logs using Microsoft Word/Excel, General customer service operations via telephone.
  • Coordinated weekly preventative maintenance and controlled work authorization request in Navy shipyard for all mission critical electronic equipment.
  • Managed 13 personnel in the inventory, and distribution of over $750K worth of general purpose electronic test equipment.
  • Provided telephone technical support to customers regarding troubleshooting and installation of printer parts.

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