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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

  • $75,579

    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
Senior Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Quality Engineer Quality Manager
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Electrician Electrical Foreman
Electrical Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Engineer Design Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager President Laboratory Assistant
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Process Engineer Maintenance Manager
Operations And Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Quality Assurance Engineer Quality Assurance Lead
Quality Assurance Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Project Engineer Quality Engineer
Quality Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Project Leader Group Leader
Section Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Engineering Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Field Service Technician Systems Engineer
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Engineering Aide 3.2 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 15.2%
Technician 5.9%
Engineer 5.7%
Top Employers After
Engineer 15.4%
Consultant 4.4%
Manager 2.8%

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Engineering Associate Demographics

Gender

Male

76.5%

Female

19.9%

Unknown

3.7%
Ethnicity

White

55.0%

Asian

16.1%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Black or African American

9.7%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.1%

French

12.4%

Mandarin

8.8%

Chinese

7.2%

German

5.2%

Arabic

4.1%

Carrier

3.6%

Japanese

3.6%

Cantonese

3.6%

Vietnamese

3.1%

Russian

2.1%

Polish

2.1%

Hindi

1.5%

Italian

1.5%

Korean

1.0%

Ukrainian

1.0%

Turkish

1.0%

Greek

1.0%

Serbian

1.0%

Portuguese

1.0%
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Engineering Associate Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.4%

Purdue University

7.4%

Pennsylvania State University

6.7%

San Jose State University

5.4%

Arizona State University

5.1%

Texas A&M University

4.9%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.9%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.7%

University of Texas at Austin

4.7%

Drexel University

4.7%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

4.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.5%

University of Central Florida

4.5%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.5%

San Diego State University

4.3%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

4.0%

University of Houston

4.0%

North Carolina State University

4.0%

Northeastern University

4.0%

Villanova University

3.8%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

18.9%

Mechanical Engineering

17.1%

Business

11.0%

Civil Engineering

10.0%

Computer Science

5.6%

Chemical Engineering

5.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.1%

Engineering

3.3%

Computer Engineering

2.9%

Drafting And Design

2.5%

Industrial Engineering

2.5%

Project Management

2.3%

Management

2.0%

Information Technology

1.9%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.8%

Finance

1.6%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.6%

Computer Information Systems

1.6%

Aerospace Engineering

1.6%

Biomedical Engineering

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.4%

Masters

26.1%

Other

12.7%

Associate

9.9%

Doctorate

3.1%

Certificate

2.8%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.1%
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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 Engineering Services Architect Ca, Inc. Santa Clara, CA May 11, 2015 $120,000
Associate APC Engineer Prosys, Inc. Baton Rouge, LA Jun 01, 2015 $120,000 -
$140,000
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 Lithographic Engineer Magic Leap, Inc. Pflugerville, TX Oct 08, 2016 $85,000
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 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
Science & Engineering Associate 1 Stanford University/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Menlo Park, CA Dec 15, 2016 $70,000 -
$118,674
Powertrain Engine OBD Calibration Engineer-Associate Kyyba Inc. Chelsea, MI Aug 15, 2016 $70,000
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

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  1. Test Plans
  2. CAD
  3. Safety
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  • Designed pilot test plans to evaluate effectiveness of these technologies under site specific geologic and hydro geologic conditions.
  • Created detailed AutoCAD diagrams with installation/removal instructions to aid field technicians in the installation/removal of telecommunications equipment.
  • Performed 10 CFR 50.59 safety evaluations on modifications pertaining to instrumentation and control systems, and applicable regulatory commitments.
  • Worked with manufacturing and process engineers in material evaluation, data collection and writing process instructions.
  • Assisted in the development of technical drawings for newly acquired facilities, updating and maintaining existing facility documentation.

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