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Working As An Instrument Technician Apprentice

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

  • $43,931

    Average Salary

What Does An Instrument Technician Apprentice 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 Technician Apprentice

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 Technician Apprentice Career Paths

Instrument Technician Apprentice
Service Technician Field Service Technician Service Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Maintenance Technician
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Operations Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Instrument Technician Field Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Apprentice Electrician Technician Network Administrator
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Journeyman Electrician Installation Technician
Installation Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Service Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Service Advisor Service Director Operations Director
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Leader Business Analyst
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Automotive Technician Maintenance Technician Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Apprentice Electrician Foreman Production Supervisor
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Instrument Technician Engineering Technician Manufacturing Engineer
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Service Advisor Service Manager General Manager
Regional Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Automotive Technician Technician Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Journeyman Lead Technician Information Technology Manager
Technical Services Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Instrument Technician Apprentice Demographics

Gender

Male

87.6%

Female

11.3%

Unknown

1.1%
Ethnicity

White

75.7%

Hispanic or Latino

14.4%

Asian

7.7%

Unknown

1.6%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

48.6%

German

8.6%

Chinese

5.7%

Mandarin

5.7%

Carrier

5.7%

Polish

5.7%

Danish

2.9%

Portuguese

2.9%

Albanian

2.9%

Japanese

2.9%

French

2.9%

Russian

2.9%

Arabic

2.9%
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Instrument Technician Apprentice Education

Schools

Universal Technical Institute

42.0%

University of Phoenix

6.5%

NASCAR Technical Institute

4.3%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.3%

WyoTech - Laramie

4.3%

University of Northwestern Ohio

3.6%

Strayer University

3.6%

Lincoln College of Technology - Denver

2.9%

Northwest Lineman College

2.9%

Lee College

2.9%

Ferris State University

2.9%

Ohio University -

2.2%

Tennessee State University

2.2%

Montgomery College

2.2%

Nashville Auto Diesel College Inc

2.2%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.2%

Lamar Institute of Technology

2.2%

Pima Community College

2.2%

University of Vermont

2.2%

Lamar University

2.2%
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Majors

Automotive Technology

39.7%

Business

8.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.1%

Electrical Engineering

4.1%

Mechanical Engineering

4.1%

General Studies

3.7%

Information Technology

3.7%

Criminal Justice

3.4%

Industrial Technology

3.2%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

3.2%

Music

3.0%

Computer Science

2.5%

Computer Information Systems

2.5%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.5%

Computer Networking

2.5%

Precision Metal Working

2.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.1%

Drafting And Design

1.8%

Management

1.8%

Communication

1.8%
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Degrees

Other

33.7%

Associate

24.4%

Bachelors

20.7%

Certificate

8.8%

Diploma

7.3%

Masters

4.3%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Top Skills for An Instrument Technician Apprentice

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Top Instrument Technician Apprentice Skills

  1. Parts Department
  2. Customer Service Inquiries
  3. Oil Changes
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Communicate with parts department and service writers in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrated the advanced troubleshooting skills necessary to resolve the full scope of customer issues including both technical and customer service inquiries.
  • Oil changes, light engine repair.
  • Secure the wearing of safety glasses, using the air cage, using the necessary tools for the service.
  • Performed maintenance on diesel engines, diesel generators, diesel fuel systems, sewage vacuum systems, and hydraulic systems.

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