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Working As An Instrument And Electrical Technician

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • $62,234

    Average Salary

What Does An Instrument And Electrical 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 Instrument And Electrical 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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Instrument And Electrical Technician Career Paths

Instrument And Electrical Technician
IC Technician Quality Assurance Inspector Construction Manager
Commissioning Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program/Project Manager Controls Project Manager
Controls Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Estimator Project Manager
Electrical Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Instrument And Controls Technician Controls Technician Project Manager
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Electrical & Instrumentation Supervisor Maintenance Supervisor Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Instrument And Controls Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Engineering/Maintenance Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Electrical Supervisor Project Engineer Facility Engineer
Facilities/Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Production Supervisor General Foreman
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Instrument Technician Lead Technician Production Supervisor
General Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Field Service Technician Instrument Technician
Lead Instrument Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Electrical Supervisor Maintenance Technician Lead Mechanic
Mechanical Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager
Operations And Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
IC Technician Start-Up Engineer Project Manager
Owner/Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Field Service Technician Instrument Technician
Senior Instrument Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Maintenance Engineer Maintenance Superintendent
Service Superintendent
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
IE Technician 3.5 years
Top Employers Before
Electrician 18.1%
Technician 4.5%
Top Employers After
Electrician 11.4%
Technician 5.0%

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Instrument And Electrical Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

95.0%

Female

3.5%

Unknown

1.5%
Ethnicity

White

61.7%

Hispanic or Latino

16.5%

Black or African American

12.6%

Asian

5.7%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

31.3%

French

12.5%

Carrier

12.5%

Russian

6.3%

Portuguese

6.3%

Romanian

6.3%

Dakota

6.3%

Hindi

6.3%

Urdu

6.3%

Bengali

6.3%
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Instrument And Electrical Technician Education

Schools

Lee College

9.1%

Perry Technical Institute

8.5%

Texas State Technical College - Waco

7.9%

Lamar University

7.3%

Brazosport College

7.3%

Lamar Institute of Technology

6.7%

Northwest Louisiana Technical College

6.7%

San Jacinto College District

6.1%

Great Basin College

4.3%

Community College of the Air Force

4.3%

University of Phoenix

4.3%

Victoria College

3.7%

Yavapai College

3.0%

Sowela Technical Community College

3.0%

Thomas Edison State University

3.0%

Salt Lake Community College

3.0%

Excelsior College

3.0%

Idaho State University

3.0%

ITI Technical College

3.0%

Western Wyoming Community College

2.4%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering Technology

26.4%

Electrical Engineering

20.8%

Music

10.0%

Electromechanical Instrumentation And Maintenance Technologies/Technicians

9.7%

Industrial Technology

6.2%

Business

4.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.6%

Electrical/Electronics Maintenance And Repair Technology

2.3%

Computer Science

2.2%

Mechatronics And Robotics

2.2%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

2.1%

Engineering Technology

1.9%

Heating And Air Conditioning

1.8%

General Studies

1.3%

Education

1.2%

Project Management

1.2%

Engineering

1.2%

Management

1.0%

Mechanical Engineering

1.0%

Chemistry

0.9%
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Degrees

Other

37.2%

Associate

31.9%

Bachelors

16.3%

Certificate

8.3%

Masters

3.0%

Diploma

2.6%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Real Instrument And Electrical Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Instrument and Electrical Tech. (I&E Technicians), Team Lead Cf Industries Employee Services LLC Sergeant Bluff, IA Nov 16, 2016 $112,573
Instrumentation & Electrical Technician AES Warrior Run LLC Cumberland, MD Sep 12, 2014 $70,102 -
$85,984
Instrument and Electrical Technician Calenergy Operating Corporation Calipatria, CA Aug 26, 2012 $53,400 -
$84,600
KGG-Electrical Instrumentation Technician Kinross Offshore Services Company Republic, WA Jan 20, 2014 $45,000
KGG-Electrical Instrumentation Technician Kinross Offshore Services Company NV Jan 01, 2013 $45,000
Electrical Instrumentation Technician Round Mountain Gold Corporation NV Dec 17, 2012 $45,000
KGG-Electrical Instrumentation Technician Kinross Gold U.S.A. Inc. NV Dec 17, 2012 $45,000

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Top Skills for An Instrument And Electrical Technician

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  1. Programmable Logic Controllers
  2. Temperature Transmitters
  3. Control Valves
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked on Allen-Bradley PLC 5 Programmable Logic Controllers diagnosing control problems on process equipment.
  • Calibrate, Install and terminate temperature transmitters, pressure transmitter, pressure switches and solenoids.
  • Trouble shoot process control equipment, such as: Transmitters, control valves, interlocks, and various other equipment.
  • Perform preventative maintenance services and calibrations of all site instrumentation and electrical systems and equipment following approved procedures.
  • Read and correct Wire Schematics, Build Motor Control Centers from the ground up.

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