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Working As A Sonar Technician

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

  • $76,371

    Average Salary

What Does A Sonar 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 Sonar 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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Sonar Technician Career Paths

Sonar Technician
Leading Petty Officer Aircraft Mechanic Avionics Technician
Avionics Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Project Coordinator Estimator Project Manager
Electrical Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Electrician Maintenance Electrician Electronics Technician
Electronics Technician Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager General Manager
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Operator Foreman
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Electrical Technician
Lead Electrical Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Systems Administrator Engineer
Lead Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Technician Maintenance Manager
Operations And Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Designer Electrical Designer
Senior Electrical Designer
13 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician Electrical Engineer
Senior Electrical Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Leading Petty Officer Engineering Technician Electrical Technician
Senior Electrical Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Service Technician System Technician Electronics Technician
Senior Electronics Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Engineering Technician
Senior Engineering Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Field Service Technician
Senior Field Service Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Electrician Technician Test Technician
Senior Test Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Technician Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Sonar Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

89.3%

Female

9.4%

Unknown

1.2%
Ethnicity

White

65.7%

Hispanic or Latino

13.9%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

5.2%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.1%

German

6.9%

Greek

6.9%

Carrier

6.9%

Arabic

6.9%

Vietnamese

3.4%

French

3.4%

Tagalog

3.4%
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Sonar Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.2%

Old Dominion University

10.3%

National University

8.1%

Saint Leo University

6.6%

ECPI University

5.9%

Tidewater Community College

5.9%

Trident Technical College

4.4%

University of South Florida

3.7%

Ashford University

3.7%

University of Maryland - University College

3.7%

University of Connecticut

3.7%

Strayer University

3.7%

Kaplan University

3.7%

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

2.9%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.9%

Arizona State University

2.9%

Vincennes University

2.9%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

2.9%

Florida State College at Jacksonville

2.9%

San Diego State University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

21.0%

Electrical Engineering

19.1%

Criminal Justice

6.4%

Information Technology

5.8%

Computer Science

5.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.7%

Computer Networking

4.1%

General Studies

3.6%

Management

3.6%

Education

3.6%

Computer Information Systems

3.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.8%

Computer Engineering

2.6%

Mathematics

2.4%

Accounting

2.4%

Liberal Arts

1.9%

Biology

1.9%

Project Management

1.9%

Psychology

1.9%

Industrial Technology

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.5%

Other

27.9%

Associate

18.1%

Masters

12.8%

Certificate

5.2%

Diploma

1.0%

Doctorate

0.5%
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  2. Preventative Maintenance
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  • Trained and developed subordinates in safe proper operation and maintenance of sonar equipment.
  • Performed corrective and preventative maintenance of sonar and auxiliary navigational equipment using internal product diagnostics and manual test tools and equipment.
  • Received the Navy Achievement Medal for superior performance of duties during a five year period aboard the USS KIRK FF 1087.
  • Supervised personnel performing maintenance, ensuring proper completion and all safety precautions were read and understood.
  • Received Command Coin and Personal Ovation from the United States Nuclear Weapons Inspection Team.

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