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Working As An IE Technician

  • 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 IE 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 IE 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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IE Technician Career Paths

IE Technician
Supervisor Owner Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Instrument And Electrical Technician Field Service Technician
Senior Field Service Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Instrument And Electrical Technician Field Service Technician Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Instrument And Electrical Technician Field Service Technician Project Engineer
Senior Electrical Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Instrument And Controls Technician IC Technician
Lead Instrument Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Instrument And Controls Technician Instrumentation & Control Engineer Controls Engineer
Contracted Controls Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Instrument And Controls Technician Instrumentation & Control Engineer Control Systems Engineer
Senior Controls Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
IC Technician Start-Up Engineer Lead Engineer
Senior Engineering Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Production Supervisor Quality Assurance Supervisor
Systems Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Automation Specialist Automation Engineer Senior Electrical Engineer
Electrical Engineer Lead
8 Yearsyrs
IC Technician Engineer Radio Frequency Engineer
Senior Field Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Electrical Supervisor Senior Electrician Lead Electrician
Lead Electrical Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Start-Up Engineer Electrical Design Engineer Electrical Engineer
Senior Electrical Designer
14 Yearsyrs
Start-Up Engineer Electrical Design Engineer Instrumentation Engineer
Senior Instrumentation Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Commissioning Engineer Electrical Controls Engineer Instrumentation Engineer
Senior Instrument Technician
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Scada Technician 4.1 years
IE Technician 4.0 years
IC Technician 3.6 years
Top Careers Before IE Technician
Electrician 17.4%
Technician 6.7%
Foreman 4.3%
Supervisor 3.2%
Apprentice 2.2%
Top Careers After IE Technician
Electrician 10.7%
Technician 8.2%
Supervisor 4.4%
Foreman 3.7%
Specialist 3.0%

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Top Skills for An IE Technician

  1. PLC
  2. Control Valves
  3. Temperature Transmitters
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed PLC Programmed control logic for 20 million dollar paper machine upgrade, project was completed on time.
  • Developed comprehensive inspection and repair program for Thermal Oxidizer and Cryogenic Plant Control Valves.
  • Trouble shot and repaired flow, pressure & temperature transmitters, control valves, pressure switches and DCS systems.
  • Develop craftsman understanding and proficiency of the Instrumentation and Electrical systems by providing equipment specific training for crew.
  • Conduct corrective and preventative maintenance on all plant electrical and instrument systems.

IE Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

88.8%

Unknown

7.4%

Female

3.9%
Ethnicity

White

56.5%

Hispanic or Latino

19.4%

Black or African American

15.9%

Asian

5.4%

Unknown

2.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

75.0%

Comanche

6.3%

Occidental

6.3%

Arabic

6.3%

French

6.3%
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IE Technician Education

Schools

Lee College

12.5%

Brazosport College

10.3%

Sowela Technical Community College

9.9%

Northwest Louisiana Technical College

8.7%

ITI Technical College

8.7%

San Jacinto College District

6.1%

Lamar Institute of Technology

5.3%

Texas State Technical College - Waco

4.2%

Odessa College

4.2%

A-Technical College

3.4%

University of Phoenix

3.4%

McNeese State University

3.4%

Lamar University

3.0%

Victoria College

2.7%

The Academy

2.7%

San Juan College

2.3%

Cape Fear Community College

2.3%

Delgado Community College

2.3%

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

2.3%

Bellingham Technical College

2.3%
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Majors

Music

23.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

19.9%

Electrical Engineering

14.0%

Electromechanical Instrumentation And Maintenance Technologies/Technicians

11.8%

Business

4.7%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

3.4%

General Studies

3.0%

Industrial Technology

2.8%

Engineering

2.3%

Electrical/Electronics Maintenance And Repair Technology

2.2%

Computer Science

1.7%

Computer Information Systems

1.7%

Drafting And Design

1.6%

Engineering Technology

1.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.2%

Education

1.1%

Computer Engineering Technology

1.1%

Mechanical Engineering

0.9%

Mathematics

0.9%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

0.8%
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Degrees

Other

42.6%

Associate

36.0%

Certificate

8.9%

Bachelors

8.6%

Diploma

2.3%

Masters

1.0%

License

0.5%
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