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Working As An Engineering Specialist Technician

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

  • $81,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Engineering Specialist 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 Engineering Specialist 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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Engineering Specialist Technician Career Paths

Engineering Specialist Technician
Design Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Mechanical Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Technician Project Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Technician Project Manager Quality Manager
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Technician Project Manager Senior Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Quality Engineer
Quality Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Software Engineer Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Analyst Chemist
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Specialist Senior Engineer Information Technology Project Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineering Specialist Senior Engineer Group Leader
Section Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineering Specialist Senior Systems Engineer Network Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineer Superintendent Quality Control Manager
Controls Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Engineering Specialist Technician
Technician 6.6%
Specialist 4.7%
Mechanic 3.1%
Top Careers After Engineering Specialist Technician
Engineer 5.6%
Consultant 4.3%
Owner 3.9%

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Average Yearly Salary
$81,000
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$52,000
Min 10%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$127,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Amec Foster Wheeler Ventures
Highest Paying City
Palo Alto, CA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
5.1 years
How much does an Engineering Specialist Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Engineering Specialist Technician in the United States is $81,714 per year or $39 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $52,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $127,000.

Real Engineering Specialist Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Applications Engineer Specialist/It Technical Spec Arrow Electronics, Inc. Melville, NY Apr 10, 2014 $136,399
Technical Specialist II-Dynamics & Flutter Engineer Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Savannah, GA Oct 31, 2016 $125,000
Technical Specialist II-Dynamics & Flutter Engineer Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Savannah, GA Jul 11, 2016 $125,000
Tech. Specialist I-Final Phase Engineering Structural Certif. Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Savannah, GA Feb 22, 2016 $118,955
Technical Specialist I Final Phase Engineering Structural Certification Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Savannah, GA Feb 22, 2016 $118,955
Technical Specialist II-Flight Test Mechanical Engineering Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Savannah, GA Jan 06, 2016 $116,432
Engineering Specialist-Dev/Res Mining Technology Validation Caterpillar Inc. Green Valley, AZ Sep 13, 2016 $115,170 -
$149,076
Technical Engineering Specialist Electrical Apparatus Service Association Saint Louis, MO Aug 09, 2016 $115,000
Technical Specialist-Engineering Kostal of America, Inc. Troy, MI Sep 24, 2014 $107,400
Technical Specialist-Engineering Kostal of America, Inc. Troy, MI Oct 14, 2014 $107,400
Technical Specialist-Engineering Kostal of America, Inc. Troy, MI Mar 28, 2015 $107,400
Technical Specialist/Patent Engineer Holtz, Holtz & Volek P.C. New York, NY Jan 10, 2016 $105,000
Applications Technology Engineering Specialist American Family Mutual Insurance Madison, WI Feb 27, 2015 $102,651
Technology Specialist Software Engineer Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. Chicago, IL Aug 16, 2016 $100,650 -
$167,750
Technical Specialist OBD Lead Engineer Cummins Emission Solutions Inc. Columbus, IN Sep 02, 2016 $87,547 -
$95,000
Technical Specialist OBD Lead Engineer Cummins Emission Solutions Inc. Columbus, IN Feb 19, 2016 $87,547 -
$95,000
Technology Specialist Software Engineer Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. Chicago, IL Apr 18, 2016 $87,027 -
$167,750
Associate, Technical Specialist, Architecture and Core Engineering Db Global Technology Cary, NC Feb 05, 2016 $87,000
Technical Specialist Engineer Dresser-Rand Company Bethlehem, PA Apr 16, 2015 $86,653 -
$91,000
Engineer IV Specialist-Tech Support Cellco Partnership D/B/A Verizon Wireless Chicago, IL Dec 23, 2016 $86,484
Thermal and Fluid Science Engineer-Technical Specialist Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Aug 22, 2016 $82,100 -
$99,800
Thermal and Fluid Science Engineer-Technical Specialist Cummins Inc. Seymour, IN Apr 03, 2016 $82,100 -
$99,800
Thermal & Fluid Science Engineer-Technical Specialist Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Feb 08, 2016 $82,100 -
$99,800
Technical Specialist-Electrical Engineer Cummins Inc. Fridley, MN Sep 02, 2015 $82,100 -
$99,800
Technical Specialist-Engine Controls Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Apr 15, 2015 $82,100 -
$99,800
Thermal & Fluid Science Engineer-Technical Specialist Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Sep 20, 2015 $82,100 -
$99,800
Thermal & Fluid Science Engineer-Technical Specialist Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Sep 23, 2015 $82,100 -
$99,800

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Top Skills for An Engineering Specialist Technician

  1. CAD
  2. Laboratory Specimens
  3. Technical Support
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed and taught AutoCad Basic and AutoCad Advanced courses for Continuing Education department.
  • Report directly to Director to define and establish the Engineering Technical Support statement of work for Technical Services Modification programs.
  • Provided engineering support to the manufacturing and customer environments.
  • Develop Acceptance Test Cases for Wireless CDMA Handsets (2G and 3G) according to industry standards (CDG).
  • Developed and documented technical test procedures required for certification.

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Top 10 Best States for Engineering Specialist Technicians

  1. New Mexico
  2. Hawaii
  3. Michigan
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Minnesota
  6. North Dakota
  7. Texas
  8. Vermont
  9. Utah
  10. Oregon
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Engineering Specialist Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

73.9%

Female

16.2%

Unknown

9.9%
Ethnicity

White

60.8%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Black or African American

10.6%

Asian

9.3%

Unknown

4.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

31.0%

Carrier

13.8%

French

10.3%

Chinese

6.9%

Swedish

3.4%

Danish

3.4%

Finnish

3.4%

Greek

3.4%

German

3.4%

Malay

3.4%

Japanese

3.4%

Norwegian

3.4%

Tagalog

3.4%

Mandarin

3.4%

Italian

3.4%
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Engineering Specialist Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.2%

Illinois Institute of Technology

5.7%

Texas A&M University

5.7%

Technical Career Institute

4.6%

University of Toledo

4.6%

University of Cincinnati

4.6%

Arizona State University

4.6%

Ohio State University

4.6%

Old Dominion University

4.6%

San Jose State University

4.6%

Community College of the Air Force

4.6%

Purdue University

4.6%

Central Texas College

4.6%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.6%

Clark College

3.4%

University of South Florida

3.4%

Columbia Southern University

3.4%

Park University

3.4%

Jefferson College

3.4%

The Academy

3.4%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

18.8%

Business

16.5%

Mechanical Engineering

9.0%

Computer Science

6.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.8%

Drafting And Design

4.5%

Management

3.5%

Project Management

3.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.3%

Computer Information Systems

3.3%

Engineering Technology

3.0%

Civil Engineering

3.0%

Finance

3.0%

Industrial Technology

2.8%

Industrial Engineering

2.8%

Information Technology

2.5%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.3%

General Studies

2.0%

Chemical Engineering

2.0%

Engineering

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.3%

Other

20.1%

Masters

16.8%

Associate

16.5%

Certificate

4.8%

Doctorate

2.0%

Diploma

1.7%

License

0.6%
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