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Working As An Engineering Associate

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

  • $68,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Engineering Associate 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 Engineering Associate

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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Engineering Associate Career Paths

Engineering Associate
Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineer Design Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineer Consultant Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Project Manager Quality Manager
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Process Engineer Quality Engineer
Quality Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Field Service Technician Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Field Service Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Manufacturing Engineer Program Manager
Deputy Program Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Production Supervisor Processing Supervisor
Processing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Field Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Team Leader Maintenance Supervisor
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Team Leader Group Leader
Section Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Senior Engineering Technician
Engineering Laboratory Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Engineering Aide 3.3 years
Top Careers Before Engineering Associate
Internship 15.4%
Technician 6.1%
Engineer 5.7%
Top Careers After Engineering Associate
Engineer 15.4%
Consultant 4.4%
Manager 3.1%

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Engineering Associate Demographics

Gender

Male

71.7%

Female

18.3%

Unknown

10.0%
Ethnicity

White

55.9%

Asian

15.0%

Hispanic or Latino

14.4%

Black or African American

10.1%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.9%

French

11.0%

Mandarin

8.9%

Chinese

6.8%

German

6.8%

Japanese

4.2%

Arabic

4.2%

Cantonese

3.4%

Carrier

3.0%

Vietnamese

2.5%

Russian

2.5%

Korean

1.7%

Polish

1.7%

Hindi

1.3%

Greek

1.3%

Italian

1.3%

Urdu

1.3%

Bulgarian

0.8%

Ukrainian

0.8%

Turkish

0.8%
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Engineering Associate Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.6%

Pennsylvania State University

7.1%

Purdue University

6.7%

Texas A&M University

5.8%

San Jose State University

5.8%

Arizona State University

5.6%

North Carolina State University

5.1%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.0%

University of Texas at Austin

4.6%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.5%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.3%

University of Central Florida

4.3%

University of Houston

4.2%

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

4.1%

San Diego State University

4.1%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.9%

Drexel University

3.9%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.9%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.8%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.7%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

19.4%

Mechanical Engineering

16.7%

Civil Engineering

11.4%

Business

10.5%

Computer Science

5.4%

Chemical Engineering

5.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.6%

Engineering

3.4%

Computer Engineering

2.8%

Drafting And Design

2.6%

Industrial Engineering

2.4%

Management

2.1%

Project Management

2.1%

Computer Information Systems

1.8%

Information Technology

1.8%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.8%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.7%

Aerospace Engineering

1.5%

Finance

1.4%

Biomedical Engineering

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.8%

Masters

24.6%

Other

12.0%

Associate

9.9%

Doctorate

2.7%

Certificate

2.6%

Diploma

1.2%

License

0.1%
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Average Yearly Salary
$68,000
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$49,000
Min 10%
$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Exxon Mobil
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.2 years
How much does an Engineering Associate make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Engineering Associate in the United States is $68,836 per year or $33 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $49,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $95,000.

Real Engineering Associate Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Engineer, Associate Consultant Qlogic Corporation Irvine, CA Sep 03, 2015 $170,000
Associate Engineer OCI Beaumont LLC Nederland, TX Jun 09, 2016 $160,000
Engineering Associate Exxonmobil Upstream Research Company Spring, TX May 15, 2015 $151,600 -
$257,800
Engineer, Associate Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Sep 14, 2015 $140,000
Associate Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 08, 2016 $136,400
Engineering Associate Exxonmobil Upstream Research Company Spring, TX Jan 10, 2016 $133,973 -
$166,000
Engineering Associate Exxonmobil Upstream Research Company Spring, TX May 15, 2015 $129,022 -
$216,700
Engineering Associate Exxonmobil Upstream Research Company Spring, TX Nov 16, 2015 $126,381 -
$131,500
Associate, Engineer Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Jersey City, NJ Nov 01, 2016 $125,000
Associate, Engineer Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Jersey City, NJ May 12, 2016 $125,000
Associate APC Engineer Prosys, Inc. Baton Rouge, LA Jun 01, 2015 $120,000 -
$140,000
Associate Engineering Services Architect Ca, Inc. Santa Clara, CA May 11, 2015 $120,000
Engineering Associate Exxonmobil Upstream Research Company Spring, TX Aug 30, 2016 $119,933 -
$155,500
Associate Engineer II Stress Engineering Services Inc. Houston, TX Jan 21, 2016 $118,082
Associate HSE Engineer III Fluor Enterprises, Inc. Sugar Land, TX Jun 18, 2015 $85,153
Associate Engineer Bungie, Inc. Bellevue, WA Aug 24, 2016 $85,000 -
$95,000
Associate, Core Engineering, GTO Db Global Technology Cary, NC Mar 18, 2016 $85,000
Associate Lithographic Engineer Magic Leap, Inc. Pflugerville, TX Oct 08, 2016 $85,000
Associate Engineer CTC Trading Group, LLC Chicago, IL Aug 07, 2015 $85,000
Associate Engineer CTC Trading Group, LLC Chicago, IL Aug 13, 2015 $85,000
Associate, Engineer JP Morgan Chase & Co Wilmington, DE Oct 31, 2016 $84,635
Associate Engineer Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc. Irvine, CA Aug 31, 2016 $70,138
Transportation Engineering Associate PTV America, Inc. Portland, OR Sep 03, 2015 $70,000
Powertrain Engine OBD Calibration Engineer-Associate Kyyba Inc. Chelsea, MI Aug 15, 2016 $70,000
Science & Engineering Associate 1 Stanford University/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Menlo Park, CA Dec 15, 2016 $70,000 -
$118,674
Associate Engineer Phillips 66 Company Bartlesville, OK Sep 02, 2015 $69,992 -
$126,240
Associate Engineer Unisys Corporation Malvern, PA Aug 14, 2016 $69,700

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Top Skills for An Engineering Associate

  1. Test Cases
  2. CAD
  3. Data Entry
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  • Tested software to ensure they met operational and configuration requirements as well as develop additional test cases.
  • Created detailed AutoCAD diagrams with installation/removal instructions to aid field technicians in the installation/removal of telecommunications equipment.
  • Created cross-sectional Cable Drawings and Technical Data Tables utilizing AutoCad LT. Data entry of cable designs for MRP II System.
  • Participated in the Professional Development Program completing rotational assignments in manufacturing and mechanical engineering departments.
  • Provided facility-specific engineered solutions to inefficient electrical systems.

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