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Working As An Electronics Warfare Technician

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

  • $80,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Electronics Warfare 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 Warfare 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 Warfare Technician Career Paths

Electronics Warfare Technician
Field Service Technician Systems Administrator Engineer
Radio Frequency Engineer
5 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Senior Technologist
Senior Engineering Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Team Leader Platoon Sergeant
Operations Officer
5 Yearsyrs
Cryptological Technician Systems Administrator Senior Technologist
Senior Field Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Cryptological Technician Systems Engineer Lead Engineer
Engineering Technician Lead
7 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Engineer Service Engineer
Senior Field Service Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Quality Assurance Engineer Quality Assurance Supervisor
Systems Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Electronics Instructor Senior Electronics Technician Senior Engineering Technician
Senior Research And Development Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Electronics Instructor Senior Electronics Technician
Electronics Technician Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Electronics Instructor Senior Electronics Technician Senior Field Service Engineer
Field Service Engineer Lead
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Technologist Senior Engineering Technician
Engineering Laboratory Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Electrician Controls Engineer Systems Integrator
Senior Electronics Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Electrician Controls Engineer Electrical Design Engineer
Avionics Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Mechanical Engineer Equipment Engineer
Senior Equipment Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Senior Engineering Technician Senior Research And Development Technician
Senior Manufacturing Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Manufacturing Test Engineer Component Engineer
Senior Test Technician
7 Yearsyrs
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Top Skills for An Electronics Warfare Technician

  1. Radar Systems
  2. Preventative Maintenance
  3. Warfare
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided engineer level support during EW operational test and evaluations against enemy threat radar systems.
  • Performed preventative maintenance and electronic voltage and resistance checks on Electronic Warfare antennas and related equipment.
  • Work center Supervisor, responsible for activation, preventive/corrective maintenance, and operation of electronic warfare equipment.
  • Utilized various electronic test equipment: spectrum analyzers, oscilloscopes, line analyzers.
  • Analyzed and documented student performance, presented results to senior personnel and authored final reports.

Electronics Warfare Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

88.1%

Female

6.6%

Unknown

5.3%
Ethnicity

White

65.3%

Hispanic or Latino

13.2%

Black or African American

12.5%

Asian

5.8%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

25.0%

Comanche

12.5%

Portuguese

12.5%

Persian

12.5%

Japanese

12.5%

Carrier

12.5%

Arabic

12.5%
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Electronics Warfare Technician Education

Schools

Community College of the Air Force

24.4%

University of Phoenix

13.4%

University of Maryland - University College

7.9%

Ashford University

5.5%

ECPI University

4.9%

American InterContinental University

4.9%

Troy University

4.3%

Cochise College

4.3%

American University

3.7%

Saint Leo University

3.7%

National University

3.0%

Excelsior College

3.0%

Thomas Edison State University

3.0%

Webster University

2.4%

Colorado Technical University

2.4%

Pima Community College

1.8%

Arizona State University

1.8%

Central Texas College

1.8%

Utah Valley University

1.8%

Northeastern University

1.8%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

20.7%

Business

17.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

7.4%

Computer Science

7.0%

Information Technology

6.1%

Computer Information Systems

5.6%

Management

4.5%

Criminal Justice

4.3%

Automotive Technology

3.8%

Computer Systems Security

3.4%

General Studies

2.7%

Project Management

2.3%

Industrial Technology

2.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.0%

Computer Networking

2.0%

Liberal Arts

1.8%

Finance

1.8%

Accounting

1.8%

Education

1.6%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

35.9%

Other

25.9%

Associate

21.0%

Masters

10.9%

Certificate

5.0%

Diploma

0.6%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.2%
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