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Working As An Engineering Technician

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

  • $65,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Engineering 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 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 Technician Career Paths

Engineering Technician
Field Engineer Engineer
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Operations Manager General Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Program Manager General Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Operations Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Technical Support Specialist Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Production Manager Warehouse Manager
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager General Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Quality Assurance Analyst Business Analyst
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Engineering Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Quality Assurance Lead Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Production Manager Product Manager
Research And Development Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Project Engineer Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Technical Services Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Test Technician 3.0 years
Top Employers Before
Technician 11.8%
Internship 5.0%
Engineer 3.4%
Draftsman 3.3%
Supervisor 2.9%
Manager 2.7%
Top Employers After
Technician 8.6%
Engineer 6.6%
Owner 3.7%
Manager 3.0%

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Engineering Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

83.4%

Female

14.4%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

77.1%

Hispanic or Latino

11.2%

Asian

9.0%

Unknown

2.0%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.7%

French

6.7%

Chinese

4.8%

Russian

3.9%

German

3.9%

Carrier

3.5%

Mandarin

3.3%

Japanese

3.2%

Portuguese

2.6%

Arabic

2.6%

Italian

2.3%

Vietnamese

2.1%

Cantonese

1.2%

Hindi

1.1%

Polish

1.1%

Korean

0.9%

Ukrainian

0.9%

Greek

0.9%

Cherokee

0.7%

Romanian

0.7%
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Engineering Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.6%

Community College of the Air Force

8.8%

Pennsylvania State University

6.5%

University of Houston

5.1%

Old Dominion University

4.7%

Arizona State University

4.6%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.6%

Purdue University

4.4%

San Jose State University

4.3%

Austin Community College

4.3%

Texas A&M University

4.3%

Oklahoma State University

4.0%

Drexel University

4.0%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.9%

Northeastern University

3.7%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.6%

University of Texas at Austin

3.0%

Thomas Edison State University

3.0%

More Tech Institute

3.0%

Trident Technical College

2.9%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

20.9%

Business

12.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

9.3%

Mechanical Engineering

8.5%

Civil Engineering

6.3%

Computer Science

5.3%

Drafting And Design

4.9%

Engineering

3.8%

Industrial Technology

3.3%

Computer Information Systems

2.9%

Information Technology

2.9%

Management

2.7%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.7%

Engineering Technology

2.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.1%

Automotive Technology

2.1%

General Studies

1.9%

Chemical Engineering

1.9%

Computer Engineering

1.7%

Education

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.3%

Other

24.4%

Associate

21.2%

Masters

10.2%

Certificate

5.1%

Diploma

1.6%

Doctorate

0.9%

License

0.2%
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Real Engineering Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Technical Hsse Engineer Shell International Exploration and Production Inc. LA Apr 01, 2016 $166,900
Engineer V DEV Tech Software Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Apr 25, 2016 $156,737 -
$219,000
Technical Engineer-ISD East Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Reston, VA Oct 19, 2015 $146,300
Windchill Technology Engineer Kalypso LP Boerne, TX Aug 31, 2016 $145,600
Identity and Access Management Engineering Technician AIG Employee Services, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Dec 10, 2015 $145,000
Engineer III DEV Tech S/W Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jan 19, 2016 $142,376 -
$164,381
Windchill Technology Engineer Kalypso LP San Diego, CA Mar 09, 2015 $136,500
Windchill Technology Engineer Kalypso LP Boerne, TX Mar 09, 2015 $136,500
Technical Engineer Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. San Bruno, CA Feb 23, 2016 $134,638
Cloud Platform Engineer-Consumer Digital Technology NIKE, Inc. Beaverton, OR Aug 17, 2015 $130,000
Technical Engineer Teksystems Global Services LLC Richmond, IN Aug 10, 2016 $121,411
Core Tech Engineer Blockstream USA Corporation San Francisco, CA May 09, 2016 $120,000 -
$180,000
Core Tech Engineer Blockstream USA Corporation San Francisco, CA Sep 15, 2015 $120,000 -
$180,000
Hybrid Engineer, Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle Technology FCA Us LLC Auburn Hills, MI Nov 07, 2015 $97,200
Engineer, Broadcast Technology Dolby Laboratories, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 16, 2015 $97,108 -
$100,355
OEM Technical Engineer Turbomeca USA, Inc. Columbus, MS Feb 18, 2015 $95,347 -
$100,000
Technology Fluidization Engineer Ascend Performance Materials, LLC Alvin, TX Jun 15, 2015 $95,000
Technology Engineer Eastern Technologies, Inc. Ashford, AL Mar 16, 2016 $95,000
Engineer, IT Freedom Mortgage Corporation Cherry Hill, NJ Jan 12, 2016 $95,000
Technical Engineer Occam's Paradigm, Inc. Baltimore, MD Sep 09, 2016 $95,000
Engineering Technician I Canon U.S.A., Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 20, 2016 $94,040
Engineering Technologist Fleetwood Industries, Inc. Leesport, PA Sep 14, 2015 $76,950
Technical Engineer Metamation Inc. Elk Grove Village, IL Sep 02, 2015 $76,606
Engineering Technician UST Global Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 11, 2015 $75,816
Technical Expertise Center Engineer Alcatel-Lucent USA, Inc. (DBA Nokia) Raleigh, NC Jul 09, 2016 $75,000
Engineering Technician Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 21, 2015 $74,516 -
$76,000
Engineer-IT Criticalriver, Inc. Milpitas, CA Dec 16, 2016 $74,443
Technical Engineer 2 Arrow Electronics Portland, OR Jun 23, 2016 $74,443
Engineer-IT Criticalriver, Inc. Milpitas, CA Dec 15, 2016 $74,443

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Top Skills for An Engineering Technician

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  1. Test Procedures
  2. Lab Equipment
  3. Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted engineering in creating and/or revising documented test procedures.
  • Operated and maintained lab equipment to ensure safety, accuracy and testing efficiency.
  • Performed within DENSO-WVSS (Wireless Vehicular Safety System) R&D of and Prototype Stage.
  • Performed electronic hardware debugging investigations.
  • Assisted in development of line layout, prototype equipment verification and validation protocols to ensure manufacturing readiness.

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