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Working As A Senior Electronics Technician

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

  • $62,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Electronics 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 A Senior Electronics 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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Average Length of Employment
Test Technician 3.2 years
Top Careers Before Senior Electronics Technician
Technician 3.6%
Top Careers After Senior Electronics Technician
Technician 5.6%
Engineer 2.5%
Owner 2.5%

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Senior Electronics Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

88.1%

Unknown

6.1%

Female

5.8%
Ethnicity

White

59.6%

Hispanic or Latino

15.7%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

9.5%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

51.9%

Portuguese

7.4%

German

7.4%

French

5.6%

Italian

5.6%

Carrier

3.7%

Swedish

1.9%

Kurdish

1.9%

Hawaiian

1.9%

Vietnamese

1.9%

Persian

1.9%

Turkish

1.9%

Russian

1.9%

Mandarin

1.9%

Arabic

1.9%

Cantonese

1.9%
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Senior Electronics Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.7%

Community College of the Air Force

11.4%

A-Technical College

5.1%

More Tech Institute

5.1%

Strayer University

4.7%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.3%

Mission College

4.3%

Central Texas College

4.3%

Villanova University

3.9%

University of Maryland - University College

3.9%

San Diego State University

3.9%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.5%

Excelsior College

3.5%

ECPI University

3.1%

Pennsylvania State University

3.1%

ITT Technical Institute-Houston West

3.1%

Old Dominion University

3.1%

Cleveland Institute of Electronics

3.1%

Lincoln Technical Institute

3.1%

Grantham University

3.1%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

41.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

20.5%

Business

7.3%

Computer Science

4.9%

Information Technology

3.0%

Computer Information Systems

2.3%

Management

2.1%

Computer Engineering Technology

2.1%

Project Management

2.0%

Engineering

1.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.6%

General Studies

1.5%

Computer Networking

1.5%

Computer Engineering

1.4%

Industrial Technology

1.3%

Electrical/Electronics Maintenance And Repair Technology

1.2%

Communication

1.2%

Education

1.1%

Information Systems

0.9%

Computer Technical Support

0.8%
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Degrees

Associate

32.9%

Other

26.8%

Bachelors

25.3%

Certificate

6.6%

Masters

4.7%

Diploma

3.2%

License

0.2%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
$62,000
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$35,000
Min 10%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
$109,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Mayo Clinic
Highest Paying City
Palo Alto, CA
Highest Paying State
Delaware
Avg Experience Level
6.3 years
How much does a Senior Electronics Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Electronics Technician in the United States is $62,372 per year or $30 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $35,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $109,000.

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Top Skills for A Senior Electronics Technician

  1. Component Level Repair
  2. Circuit Boards
  3. Oscilloscopes
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Facilitated component level repair and testing of computer-related circuit boards and various dot matrix printers.
  • Assembled prototype electronic circuit boards using wire-wrapping techniques.
  • Experience using oscilloscopes and spectrum analyzers to measure and interpret transmitter system operating parameters.
  • Supported Telephone Answering System Division providing technical support for new product development, manufacturing, and in-home usage trials.
  • Execute test cases, report testing status to Project Engineer.

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Top 10 Best States for Senior Electronics Technicians

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  2. North Dakota
  3. Alaska
  4. Montana
  5. West Virginia
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Maine
  8. Nevada
  9. Colorado
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