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Working As An Engineering Technician Lead

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

  • $92,653

    Average Salary

What Does An Engineering Technician Lead 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 Lead

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 Lead Career Paths

Engineering Technician Lead
Program Manager Senior Manager Information Technology Director
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor General Foreman Electrical Superintendent
Electrical Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Program Manager Senior Project Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Principal Consultant Program/Project Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Technical Specialist Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Operations Manager
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Operations Vice President Construction Manager
Installation Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Chief Engineer Maintenance Manager
Operations And Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Program/Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Manager Field Service Technician Senior Engineer
Section Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Product Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager General Manager Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Manager Principal Engineer Research And Development Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Engineer 4.2 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 5.4%
Technician 3.0%
Top Employers After
Consultant 7.9%
Engineer 6.3%
Owner 3.2%
Manager 3.0%

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Engineering Technician Lead Demographics

Gender

Male

86.1%

Female

10.7%

Unknown

3.2%
Ethnicity

White

55.8%

Hispanic or Latino

14.6%

Asian

14.3%

Black or African American

10.4%

Unknown

4.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

31.0%

Carrier

14.3%

Chinese

7.1%

German

4.8%

Cherokee

4.8%

French

4.8%

Comanche

2.4%

Portuguese

2.4%

Danish

2.4%

Cantonese

2.4%

Braille

2.4%

Occidental

2.4%

Gujarati

2.4%

Dari

2.4%

Hindi

2.4%

Mandarin

2.4%

Sanskrit

2.4%

Korean

2.4%

Italian

2.4%

Navajo

2.4%
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Engineering Technician Lead Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.6%

Purdue University

6.5%

Pennsylvania State University

5.9%

Community College of the Air Force

5.9%

Arizona State University

5.3%

San Jose State University

5.3%

University of Houston

5.3%

Florida Atlantic University

4.7%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.7%

George Mason University

4.1%

Iowa State University

4.1%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.1%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.1%

Texas A&M University

3.5%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.5%

Colorado Technical University

3.5%

George Washington University

2.9%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.9%

More Tech Institute

2.9%

Strayer University

2.9%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

19.3%

Business

13.7%

Mechanical Engineering

12.0%

Computer Science

11.7%

Computer Engineering

5.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.3%

Engineering

3.7%

Information Technology

3.0%

Management

2.9%

Project Management

2.9%

Computer Information Systems

2.9%

Civil Engineering

2.8%

Aerospace Engineering

2.3%

Automotive Technology

2.2%

Computer Networking

2.2%

Information Systems

2.1%

Chemical Engineering

1.9%

Physics

1.7%

Industrial Technology

1.5%

Criminal Justice

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.2%

Masters

24.3%

Other

18.6%

Associate

11.7%

Doctorate

4.0%

Certificate

3.0%

Diploma

1.1%

License

0.1%
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Real Engineering Technician Lead Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Technical Lead Engineer Aeris Communications, Inc. Santa Clara, CA May 25, 2015 $165,000
Technical Lead Engineer Viasat, Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 25, 2016 $165,000 -
$170,000
Tech Lead, Trust and Safety Engineering Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 06, 2016 $160,000
Database Engineer Tech. Lead Google Inc. New York, NY Aug 15, 2016 $159,750
Database Engineering Tech Lead Google Inc. New York, NY Dec 08, 2016 $159,750
Systems Operations Engineer Tech Lead Polyvore, Inc. Mountain View, CA Nov 20, 2015 $156,333
Technical Lead, Data Engineering Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA May 23, 2016 $155,000
Engineering Tech Lead Segment.IO, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 09, 2016 $155,000
Engineering Technical Leader-IV & V GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Americas LLC Wilmington, NC Oct 01, 2015 $154,500
Application Engineer-Tech Lead PMC-Sierra Us, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 01, 2015 $151,200
Engineering Technical Leader-IV&V GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Americas, LLC Wilmington, NC Apr 20, 2015 $151,000 -
$155,000
Engineering Manager/Tech Lead APVO Corporation San Francisco, CA Sep 08, 2015 $150,000
Technical Lead Engineer Viptela, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 15, 2015 $150,000
Firmware Design Engineer-Tech Lead PMC-Sierra Us, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 13, 2015 $147,747
Lead Technical Engineer Dimension Data North America Framingham, MA Jun 08, 2015 $96,138
Lead Engineer/Technologist Vetco Gray, Inc. Houston, TX Dec 02, 2016 $96,010
Lead Engineer/Technologist Vetco Gray, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 03, 2016 $96,010
Lead Cnslt-Tech APP ENG Bank of America N.A. Charlotte, NC Aug 26, 2015 $94,865 -
$112,200
Lead Engineer/Technologist GE Energy Power Conversion USA Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Feb 04, 2015 $94,000 -
$96,000
GOS Lead Advanced Technology Engineer Jabil Circuit, Inc. Saint Petersburg, FL Sep 09, 2015 $93,500
Lead Technical Engineer Logic Solutions, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Dec 09, 2016 $92,539 -
$95,000
Technology Lead-Engineering-US Infosys Limited Rossville, IL Apr 17, 2016 $76,257
Technology Lead-Engineering-US Infosys Limited Dearborn, MI Oct 18, 2015 $76,257
Technology Lead-Engineering-US Infosys Limited Wichita, KS Jun 22, 2015 $76,184
Technology Lead-Engineering-US Infosys Limited Wichita, KS Oct 24, 2015 $76,184
Technology Lead-Engineering-US Infosys Limited Wichita, KS Oct 11, 2015 $76,184
Technology Lead-Engineering-US Infosys Limited Wichita, KS Jan 07, 2016 $76,184
Technology Lead-Engineering-US Infosys Limited Kinston, NC Aug 08, 2016 $76,184

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Top Skills for An Engineering Technician Lead

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  1. Test Plans
  2. Technical Support
  3. Computer
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  • Provided technical review of Qualification test plans (Environmental, EMI, Nuclear, and specification performance).
  • Provided technical support on a daily basis to technicians and users on troubleshooting and programming of various types of telecommunications equipment.
  • Researched and ordered parts, documented all maintenance data in historical records utilizing computer system.
  • Provide leadership for regional and global safety technical teams and drive development of product evaluation requirements via internal Specification Steering Committee.
  • Assist Engineers with designing/trouble shooting of production prototypes and the redlining of drawings, schematics and procedures.

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