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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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University of Phoenix17.8%
San Jose State University6.8%
Community College of the Air Force5.6%
Henry Ford College5.5%
Rochester Institute of Technology5.5%
University of Massachusetts - Lowell4.3%
Austin Community College4.3%
New England Institute of Technology3.9%
Northern Essex Community College3.9%
Heald College - Central Administrative Office3.9%
More Tech Institute3.9%
Macomb Community College3.7%
University of Houston3.7%
San Jose City College3.7%
Monroe Community College3.7%
De Anza College3.5%
Mesa Community College - Boswell3.4%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Team Manager, Compliance Testing Technology||HSBC Bank USA, N.A.||Jersey City, NJ||Oct 27, 2016||$200,928|
|Team Manager Compliance Testing Technology||HSBC Bank USA, N.A.||Jersey City, NJ||Mar 28, 2016||$137,000|
|Team Manager Compliance Testing Technology||HSBC Bank USA, N.A.||Jersey City, NJ||Apr 04, 2016||$137,000|
|Manager, Tech, SYS Integr., Pgrm Mngmt, Func, & Test (Pmft)||Deloitte Consulting LLP||New York, NY||Mar 03, 2016||$131,070 -
|Manager, Tech, SYS Integration-Prgm, Mgmt, Funct'l & Test (Pmft)||Deloitte Consulting LLP||San Jose, CA||Oct 15, 2015||$122,000 -
|Manager, Tech, Sys Int, Prgm Mgmnt, Funct, &Test (Pmft)||Deloitte Consulting LLP||Arlington, VA||May 27, 2016||$122,000 -
|Manager, Tech, SYS. Integration-Prgrm. Mngment, Funct., & Test (Pmft)||Deloitte Consulting LLP||Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ||Jan 09, 2015||$120,300 -
|Perfomance Test Technical Lead||Ingersoll Rand Company||Charlotte, NC||Feb 16, 2015||$115,000|
|Test Technician (Computer Software Engineer)||CDI Corporation||Los Angeles, CA||May 03, 2012||$103,933 -
|Test Technician (Computer Software Engineer)||CDI Corporation||Los Angeles, CA||Apr 23, 2012||$103,933 -
|Testing Technician||Quality Software Services, Inc.||McLean, VA||Sep 29, 2016||$91,555|
|Testing Technician||Quality Software Services, Inc.||Washington, DC||Apr 20, 2015||$89,760|
|Test Technician II||Arclight Wireless, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Jun 01, 2015||$81,000|
|Consultant, Tech, Sys's Integratn-Prgrm Mgmt Functnl & Test||Deloitte Consulting LLP||Dallas, TX||Oct 20, 2014||$80,400 -
|Telecom Install/Test Tech||Parsons Environment and Infrastructure Group, Inc.||Chino, CA||Dec 13, 2014||$75,000 -
|Technical Tester||Gallop Solutions, Inc.||King of Prussia, PA||Jan 05, 2016||$75,000|
|Testing Technician 2||Pyramid Technology Solutions, Inc.||Madison, WI||Aug 11, 2015||$74,485|
|Technical Tester||Cigniti, Inc.||Irving, TX||Dec 29, 2015||$74,000 -
|Telecom Installation/Test Technician||EXI Parsons Telecom LLC||Suwanee, GA||Oct 02, 2014||$72,941|
|Transformer/Rectifier Test Technician||Neeltran||New Milford, CT||Jan 13, 2016||$59,509|
|Geological Sample Test Technicians||Associated Consulting Civil Environmental Services||Los Angeles, CA||Oct 20, 2009||$56,933|
|Test Technology Engineer||ESW America Inc.||Montgomeryville, PA||Oct 01, 2011||$56,410|
|Telecom Installation/Test Technician||EXI Parsons Telecom LLC||Richardson, TX||Jan 12, 2012||$55,494 -
|Materials Test Technician||Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory||Orono, ME||Aug 08, 2011||$53,448|
|Telecom Install/Test Technician (RBS)||Parsons Patco Inc.||Hayward, CA||Sep 16, 2013||$52,801|
|Test Technician||Air Hygiene International, Inc.||Broken Arrow, OK||Oct 08, 2016||$52,000|
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