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Working As An Instrument And Electrical Technician

  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment
  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Make Decisions

  • $68,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Instrument And Electrical Technician Do

Electrical and electronics installers and repairers install or repair a variety of electrical equipment in telecommunications, transportation, utilities, and other industries.

Duties

Electrical and electronics installers and repairers typically do the following:

  • Prepare cost estimates for clients
  • Refer to service guides, schematics, and manufacturer specifications
  • Repair or replace defective parts, such as motors, fuses, or gaskets
  • Reassemble and test equipment after repairs
  • Maintain records of parts used, labor time, and final charges

Modern manufacturing plants and transportation systems use a large amount of electrical and electronics equipment, from assembly line motors to sonar systems. Electrical and electronics installers and repairers fix and maintain these complex pieces of equipment.

Because automated electronic control systems are becoming more complex, repairers use software programs and testing equipment to diagnose malfunctions. Among their diagnostic tools are multimeters—which measure voltage, current, and resistance—and advanced multimeters, which measure the capacitance, inductance, and current gain of transistors.

Repairers also use signal generators, which provide test signals, and oscilloscopes, which display signals graphically. In addition, repairers often use hand tools such as pliers, screwdrivers, and wrenches to replace faulty parts and adjust equipment.

The following are examples of types of electrical and electronics installers and repairers:

Commercial and industrial electrical and electronics equipment repairers adjust, test, repair, or install electronic equipment, such as industrial controls, transmitters, and antennas.

Electrical and electronics installers and repairers of transportation equipment install, adjust, or maintain mobile communication equipment, including sound, sonar, security, navigation, and surveillance systems on trains, watercraft, or other vehicles.

Powerhouse, substation, and relay electrical and electronics repairers inspect, test, maintain, or repair electrical equipment used in generating stations, substations, and in-service relays. These workers also may be known as powerhouse electricians, relay technicians, or power transformer repairers.

Electric motor, power tool, and related repairerssuch as armature winders, generator mechanics, and electric golf cart repairers—specialize in installing, maintaining, and repairing electric motors, wiring, or switches.

Electronic equipment installers and repairers of motor vehicles install, diagnose, and repair sound, security, and navigation equipment in motor vehicles. These installers and repairers work with a range of complex electronic equipment, including digital audio and video players, navigation systems, and passive and active security systems.

Electrical and electronics installers and repairers may also specialize, according to how and where they work:

Field technicians often travel to factories or a customer’s site to repair broken down equipment. Because repairing components is a complex activity, workers usually remove and replace defective units, such as circuit boards, instead of fixing them. Defective units are discarded or returned to the manufacturer or a specialized shop for repair.

Bench technicians work in repair shops in factories and service centers, fixing components that cannot be repaired on a factory floor. These workers also locate and repair circuit defects, such as poorly soldered joints, blown fuses, or malfunctioning transistors.

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How To Become An Instrument And Electrical Technician

Most electrical and electronics installers and repairers need specialized courses at a technical college prior to employment. Gaining certification is common and can be useful in getting a job.

Education

Electrical and electronics installers and repairers must understand electrical equipment and electronics. As a result, employers often prefer applicants who have taken courses in electronics at a community college or technical school. Courses usually cover AC and DC electronics, electronic devices, and microcontrollers. It is important for prospects to choose schools that include hands-on training in order to gain practical experience.

Training

In addition to technical education, workers usually receive training on specific types of equipment. This may involve manufacturer-specific training in order for repairers to perform warranty work.

Entry-level repairers usually begin by working with experienced technicians who provide technical guidance and work independently after developing their skills.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

While certification is not required, a number of organizations offer certification which can be useful in getting a job. A number of organizations offer certification. For example, the Electronics Technicians Association International (ETA International) offers more than 50 certification programs in numerous electronics specialties for various levels of competency. The International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians (ISCET) also offers certification for several levels of competence. The ISCET focuses on a broad range of topics, including basic electronics, electronic systems, and appliance service. To become certified, applicants must meet prerequisites and pass a comprehensive exam.

Important Qualities

Color vision. Workers must be able to identify the color-coded components that are often used in electronic equipment.

Communication skills. Field technicians work closely with customers, so they must listen to and understand customers’ descriptions of problems and explain solutions in a simple, clear manner.

Physical stamina. Some workers must stand at their station for their full shift, which can be tiring.

Physical strength. Workers may need to lift heavy parts during the repair process. Some components weigh over 50 pounds.

Technical skills. Workers use a variety of mechanical and diagnostic tools to install or repair equipment.

Troubleshooting skills. Workers must be able to identify problems with equipment and systems and make the necessary repairs.

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Instrument And Electrical Technician Career Paths

Instrument And Electrical Technician
Field Service Technician Service Manager Owner
Maintenance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Team Leader Production Supervisor
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Instrument And Controls Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Mechanical Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Instrument And Controls Technician Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager
Plant Maintenance Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Electrical & Instrumentation Supervisor
10 Yearsyrs
Instrument And Controls Technician Instrumentation & Control Engineer Senior Electrical Engineer
Electrical Department Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Field Supervisor Shop Supervisor
Repair Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Electrical Supervisor Production Supervisor Quality Assurance Supervisor
Systems Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Electrical Supervisor Construction Supervisor Lead Carpenter
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Electrical Controls Technician Controls Engineer Commissioning Engineer
Electrical Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Facility Engineer Maintenance Technician Supervisor
Maintenance Lead Person
6 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Engineer Building Engineer
Maintenance Lead Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Service Engineer Senior Field Service Engineer
Senior Maintenance Technician
8 Yearsyrs
IC Technician Engineer Building Engineer
Lead Mechanic
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Electrician Maintenance Lead Technician Maintenance Lead Person
Plant Maintenance Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Start-Up Engineer Engineer Building Engineer
Senior Facility Technician
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
IE Technician 3.7 years
IC Technician 3.6 years
Top Careers Before Instrument And Electrical Technician
Electrician 16.8%
Technician 4.9%
Foreman 1.8%
Top Careers After Instrument And Electrical Technician
Electrician 10.7%
Technician 6.1%

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Instrument And Electrical Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

88.3%

Unknown

8.3%

Female

3.4%
Ethnicity

White

61.5%

Hispanic or Latino

16.4%

Black or African American

13.0%

Asian

5.7%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

French

11.1%

Carrier

11.1%

Russian

5.6%

Portuguese

5.6%

German

5.6%

Romanian

5.6%

Dakota

5.6%

Hindi

5.6%

Urdu

5.6%

Bengali

5.6%
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Instrument And Electrical Technician Education

Schools

Lee College

10.9%

Texas State Technical College - Waco

10.0%

Perry Technical Institute

7.0%

Northwest Louisiana Technical College

7.0%

Brazosport College

6.6%

Lamar Institute of Technology

6.1%

Lamar University

6.1%

Great Basin College

5.7%

ITI Technical College

5.7%

San Jacinto College District

5.2%

Sowela Technical Community College

3.5%

Community College of the Air Force

3.5%

University of Phoenix

3.5%

A-Technical College

3.1%

Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College

3.1%

Bellingham Technical College

2.6%

Yavapai College

2.6%

York Technical College

2.6%

Augusta Technical College

2.6%

Salt Lake Community College

2.6%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering Technology

25.7%

Electrical Engineering

20.7%

Music

11.4%

Electromechanical Instrumentation And Maintenance Technologies/Technicians

10.3%

Industrial Technology

5.1%

Business

4.0%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

2.7%

Computer Science

2.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.4%

Electrical/Electronics Maintenance And Repair Technology

2.2%

Mechatronics And Robotics

2.0%

Engineering Technology

1.7%

Heating And Air Conditioning

1.7%

Engineering

1.4%

General Studies

1.3%

Education

1.3%

Mechanical Engineering

1.2%

Management

0.9%

Information Technology

0.9%

Computer Networking

0.9%
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Degrees

Other

34.6%

Associate

32.8%

Bachelors

17.1%

Certificate

7.9%

Diploma

3.6%

Masters

2.9%

License

1.0%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
$68,000
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$41,000
Min 10%
$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
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$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Median 50%
$112,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Shell
Highest Paying City
Richmond, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
4.8 years
How much does an Instrument And Electrical Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Instrument And Electrical Technician in the United States is $68,153 per year or $33 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $41,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $112,000.

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Top Skills for An Instrument And Electrical Technician

  1. Motor Control Centers
  2. Programmable Logic Controllers
  3. Temperature Transmitters
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Read and correct Wire Schematics, Build Motor Control Centers from the ground up.
  • Maintain all instrumentation, distributed control systems, programmable logic controllers and electrical equipment.
  • Calibrate, Install and terminate temperature transmitters, pressure transmitter, pressure switches and solenoids.
  • Installed and repaired electrical systems, apparatuses and electrical and electronic components of industrial machinery and equipment.
  • Trouble shoot process control equipment, such as: Transmitters, control valves, interlocks, and various other equipment.

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