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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

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 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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Senior Engineering Technician Career Paths

Senior Engineering Technician
Project Engineer Operations Manager General Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Program Manager General Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Project Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Design Engineer Systems Engineer
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Technical Director Production Manager
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Project Manager Program Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Quality Assurance Lead Quality Assurance Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Engineering Manager Operations Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Quality Assurance Analyst Business Analyst
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Engineer Product Manager
Research And Development Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Consultant Information Technology Manager
Technical Services Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Engineer 4.3 years
Test Technician 3.1 years
Debug Technician 2.7 years
Top Employers Before
Technician 5.6%
Engineer 3.2%
Draftsman 2.2%
Top Employers After
Consultant 5.7%
Engineer 4.8%
Technician 3.3%
Owner 2.9%

Senior Engineering Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

85.8%

Female

11.9%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

76.1%

Asian

11.1%

Hispanic or Latino

9.8%

Unknown

2.3%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.3%

Carrier

15.3%

French

8.5%

German

6.8%

Russian

5.1%

Vietnamese

3.4%

Japanese

3.4%

Mandarin

3.4%

Korean

3.4%

Chinese

1.7%

Cantonese

1.7%

Amharic

1.7%

Hindi

1.7%

Dakota

1.7%

Polish

1.7%

Arabic

1.7%

Italian

1.7%
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Senior Engineering Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.1%

Community College of the Air Force

6.7%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

6.0%

Arizona State University

5.6%

University of Houston

5.6%

Northeastern University

5.6%

More Tech Institute

4.5%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.1%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

4.1%

Texas A&M University

3.7%

University of Utah

3.7%

Portland Community College

3.7%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.7%

Stanford University

3.4%

San Diego State University

3.4%

San Jose State University

3.4%

University of Central Florida

3.4%

Austin Community College

3.4%

Michigan State University

3.4%

Oklahoma State University

3.4%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

29.2%

Business

12.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

9.9%

Mechanical Engineering

7.1%

Computer Science

5.9%

Drafting And Design

4.6%

Engineering

4.1%

Civil Engineering

2.9%

Project Management

2.6%

Management

2.5%

Computer Information Systems

2.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.3%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.3%

Industrial Technology

2.0%

Engineering Technology

1.9%

Computer Engineering

1.9%

Education

1.6%

General Studies

1.6%

Information Technology

1.6%

Communication

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

30.5%

Other

24.4%

Associate

21.9%

Masters

14.4%

Certificate

5.3%

Doctorate

2.3%

Diploma

1.2%

License

0.1%
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Real Senior Engineering Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Engineer SR. Specialist Citigroup Technology, Inc. Tampa, FL May 14, 2015 $164,403
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 Jan 08, 2016 $140,499 -
$220,000
Tech Yahoo, Mobile DEV Engineer, SR Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 18, 2016 $140,499 -
$205,500
Senior Development Engineering Specialist Lummus Technology Inc. Pasadena, TX Sep 04, 2015 $139,485
SR. Engineer, E-Media Technology QA Dolby Laboratories, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 06, 2016 $138,362
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 Data Engineer, Consumer Digital Technology NIKE, Inc. Beaverton, OR Jun 08, 2016 $105,706
Senior Specialist Engineer Globallogic, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 27, 2015 $105,560 -
$135,560
Senior Engineer, IT C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. Keene, NH Aug 01, 2015 $105,000
Senior Engineer/Modeling Specialist John T. Boyd Company Canonsburg, PA Jan 10, 2016 $104,291 -
$114,291
Senior Specialist-Ran Engineer at&T Mobility Services LLC Bedminster, NJ Jan 25, 2015 $93,951
Senior Specialist Engineer Globallogic, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 27, 2015 $93,891 -
$123,891
Technology Senior Engineer Whirlpool Corporation Benton Harbor, MI Jul 30, 2015 $93,850
Senior Engineer/Technologist (IBS System Analyst) Johnson Controls, Inc. Milwaukee, WI Jan 04, 2016 $93,766 -
$105,000
Technology Senior Engineer Whirlpool Corporation Benton Harbor, MI Aug 07, 2015 $93,434
Senior Engineering Specialist-Mechanical KBR Technical Services, Inc. Houston, TX May 08, 2016 $93,028

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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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