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Become A Senior Engineering Technician

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Working As A Senior Engineering Technician

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

  • $119,648

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Engineering Technician Do

A Senior Engineering Technician uses the technical principles of engineering to create and develop a project or product. They also provide technical assistance to professional engineering staff on special projects.

How To Become A Senior Engineering 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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Real Senior Engineering Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Engineer Specialist-Design Caterpillar Inc. Decatur, IL Aug 25, 2015 $153,684
Senior Engineering Specialist-Design Caterpillar Inc. Decatur, IL Jan 02, 2015 $153,684
Senior Engineer, Low Latency Trading Technology RBC Capital Markets, LLC New York, NY Jun 23, 2016 $150,000 -
$180,000
SR. Engineer Specialist II Samsung Engineering America Inc. Houston, TX Oct 29, 2015 $147,784
Senior Engineering Specialist-Marine Riser Engineer Intecsea, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2015 $147,139
Senior Engineer, Advanced Technology Magic Leap, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jan 06, 2016 $145,000
Tech Yahoo, Mobile DEV Engineer, SR Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Dec 21, 2016 $143,657 -
$220,200
Tech Yahoo, Mobile DEV ENG, SR Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Nov 21, 2016 $143,126 -
$220,200
Tech Yahoo, Mobile DEV Engineer, SR Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Dec 11, 2016 $142,403 -
$220,200
Senior Vessel Engineering Specialist Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Jul 04, 2015 $141,024
Tech Yahoo, Mobile DEV Engineer, SR Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 18, 2016 $140,499 -
$205,500
Tech Yahoo, Mobile DEV Engineer, SR Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jan 08, 2016 $140,499 -
$220,000
SR. Engineer, E-Media Technology QA Dolby Laboratories, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 06, 2016 $138,362
Tech Yahoo, Softawre DEV Engineer, SR Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 25, 2015 $114,802 -
$184,100
Senior Engineering Specialist II Samsung Engineering America, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2015 $112,492
Senior Engineer, Technical Support T-Mobile USA, Inc. Snoqualmie, WA Jun 13, 2016 $111,854
Senior I Engineer-Tech Engineering NYU Langone Health System New York, NY May 16, 2016 $110,000
Senior Engineer, E-Media Technology QA Dolby Laboratories, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 08, 2016 $108,868 -
$111,000
SR. Engineer, IT Vantiv LLC Denver, CO Aug 19, 2015 $108,846 -
$116,297
Senior Engineer, E-Media Technology Dolby Laboratories, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 13, 2016 $96,866 -
$120,000
SR. Engineer-IT Vantiv OH Dec 21, 2016 $96,554
Senior Engineer Technology and Integration Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Malta, NY Jul 04, 2016 $96,360 -
$112,000
Senior Engineer, E-Media Technology QA Dolby Laboratories, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 23, 2015 $96,138 -
$110,000
SR Engineer I, Technical Development Biogen IDEC, Inc. Cambridge, MA Aug 12, 2015 $95,790
SR. Engineer, IT Storage Cardinal Health, Inc. Dublin, OH Jan 18, 2016 $95,077 -
$120,000
Senior Engineer, Technical Support T-Mobile USA, Inc. Frisco, TX Sep 09, 2015 $95,000
Senior Engineering Specialist (Rotating & Pack) Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 01, 2015 $95,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Engineering Technician

TestProceduresProductDevelopmentLabEquipmentHardwarePrototypeTestEquipmentSafetyRTroubleshootDataCollectionTechnicalSupportFacilityPCBLaboratoryCADAutocadTestFixturesComponentLevelSetupReliability

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Top Senior Engineering Technician Skills

  1. Test Procedures
  2. Product Development
  3. Lab Equipment
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created detailed schematics, layout, and test procedures for board level circuits.
  • Enabled rapid resolution of product development and customer issues by expediting outside purchases of parts and equipment for engineering team.
  • Maintained, calibrated, repaired, scheduled use of lab equipment.
  • Close out letters from consultant and customer to achieve APPROVAL status of location specific hardware, software and staging.
  • Assist in development of line layout, prototype equipment verification and validation protocols to ensure manufacturing readiness.

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