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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

  • $72,000

    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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Average Yearly Salary
$72,000
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$57,000
Min 10%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$91,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
ConocoPhillips
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Nevada
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 $72,255 per year or $35 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $57,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $91,000.

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Real Engineering Associate Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Engineer, Associate Consultant Qlogic Corporation Sep 03, 2015 $170,000
Associate Engineer OCI Beaumont LLC Jun 09, 2016 $160,000
Engineering Associate Exxonmobil Upstream Research Company May 15, 2015 $151,600 -
$257,800
Engineer, Associate Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Sep 14, 2015 $140,000
Associate Engineer Google Inc. Aug 08, 2016 $136,400
Engineering Associate Exxonmobil Upstream Research Company Jan 10, 2016 $133,973 -
$166,000
Engineering Associate Exxonmobil Upstream Research Company May 15, 2015 $129,022 -
$216,700
Engineering Associate Exxonmobil Upstream Research Company Nov 16, 2015 $126,381 -
$131,500
Associate, Engineer Jpmorgan Chase & Co. May 12, 2016 $125,000
Associate, Engineer Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Nov 01, 2016 $125,000
Associate Engineering Services Architect Ca, Inc. May 11, 2015 $120,000
Associate APC Engineer Prosys, Inc. Jun 01, 2015 $120,000 -
$140,000
Engineering Associate Exxonmobil Upstream Research Company Aug 30, 2016 $119,933 -
$155,500
Associate Engineer II Stress Engineering Services Inc. Jan 21, 2016 $118,082
Scientific Engineering Associate Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Aug 04, 2015 $86,100
Associate HSE Engineer III Fluor Enterprises, Inc. Jun 18, 2015 $85,153
Associate Engineer CTC Trading Group, LLC Aug 07, 2015 $85,000
Associate Engineer CTC Trading Group, LLC Aug 13, 2015 $85,000
Associate, Core Engineering, GTO Db Global Technology Mar 18, 2016 $85,000
Associate Engineer Bungie, Inc. Aug 24, 2016 $85,000 -
$95,000
Associate Lithographic Engineer Magic Leap, Inc. Oct 08, 2016 $85,000
Associate Engineer Genentech, Inc. Jul 01, 2015 $70,179 -
$92,600
Associate Engineer Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc. Aug 31, 2016 $70,138
Powertrain Engine OBD Calibration Engineer-Associate Kyyba Inc. Aug 15, 2016 $70,000
Science & Engineering Associate 1 Stanford University/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Dec 15, 2016 $70,000 -
$118,674
Transportation Engineering Associate PTV America, Inc. Sep 03, 2015 $70,000
Associate Engineer Phillips 66 Company Sep 02, 2015 $69,992 -
$126,240
Associate Engineer Unisys Corporation Aug 14, 2016 $69,700

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Top Skills for An Engineering Associate

  1. Test Procedures
  2. CAD
  3. Data Entry
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Reviewed specification manuals, Navy specifications, documentation standards, and related technical manuals in preparing test procedures.
  • Design responsibilities included development of process and instrumentation schematic, facility conceptual layout, and CAD drawings.
  • Saved the company thousands of dollars in labor costs per week by creating macros for data entry responsibilities.
  • Provided project management for assigned projects including cost estimating, scheduling, coordination and quality control.
  • Provided level 3 support to the multimedia implementation and operation teams demonstrating critical thinking and ability to troubleshoot unique problems effectively.

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Engineering Associate Demographics

Gender

Male

74.7%

Female

19.3%

Unknown

5.9%
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

Pennsylvania State University

7.4%

Texas A&M University

6.2%

University of Florida

5.7%

North Carolina State University

5.5%

San Jose State University

5.5%

Purdue University

5.5%

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

5.3%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.3%

Arizona State University

5.1%

University of Houston

5.1%

Drexel University

5.1%

University of Texas at Austin

4.8%

University of California - Los Angeles

4.6%

San Diego State University

4.6%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.6%

University of California - Davis

4.1%

University of California - Berkeley

3.9%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.9%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.9%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.9%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

20.5%

Mechanical Engineering

18.3%

Civil Engineering

12.0%

Business

8.9%

Chemical Engineering

6.0%

Computer Science

5.3%

Engineering

3.4%

Industrial Engineering

3.1%

Drafting And Design

3.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.3%

Management

2.0%

Computer Engineering

2.0%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.0%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.9%

Information Technology

1.9%

Project Management

1.7%

Physics

1.5%

Aerospace Engineering

1.4%

Biomedical Engineering

1.4%

Computer Systems Security

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

54.8%

Masters

24.7%

Associate

10.8%

Certificate

3.0%

Doctorate

2.5%

High School Diploma

2.1%

Diploma

1.9%

License

0.1%
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