Electronics Engineering Technicians

Lay out, build, test, troubleshoot, repair, and modify developmental and production electronic components, parts, equipment, and systems, such as computer equipment, missile control instrumentation, electron tubes, test equipment, and machine tool numerical controls, applying principles and theories of electronics, electrical circuitry, engineering mathematics, electronic and electrical testing, and physics. Usually work under direction of engineering staff.

Median Annual Wage: $59,820

Education: Associate's degree (43%); Post-secondary certificate (24%); High school diploma or equivalent (12%)

Projected Growth: Little or no change (-2% to 2%)

Related Job Titles: Electronics Technician; Test Technician; Electrical Technician; Electronics Engineering Technician; Technician; Refurbish Technician (Refurb Tech); Failure Analysis Technician (FA Technician); Digital Tech (Digital Technician); Engineering Technician (Engineering Tech); Senior Electronics Technician

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Electronics Engineering Technicians.

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  • Identify and resolve equipment malfunctions, working with manufacturers or field representatives as necessary to procure replacement parts.
  • Test electronics units, using standard test equipment, and analyze results to evaluate performance and determine need for adjustment.
  • Adjust or replace defective or improperly functioning circuitry or electronics components, using hand tools or soldering iron.
  • Assemble, test, or maintain circuitry or electronic components, according to engineering instructions, technical manuals, or knowledge of electronics, using hand or power tools.
  • Perform preventative maintenance or calibration of equipment or systems.
  • Maintain system logs or manuals to document testing or operation of equipment.
  • Provide customer support and education, working with users to identify needs, determine sources of problems, or to provide information on product use.
  • Write reports or record data on testing techniques, laboratory equipment, or specifications to assist engineers.
  • Procure parts and maintain inventory and related documentation.
  • Research equipment or component needs, sources, competitive prices, delivery times, or ongoing operational costs.
  • Provide user applications or engineering support or recommendations for new or existing equipment with regard to installation, upgrades, or enhancements.
  • Maintain working knowledge of state-of-the-art tools or software by reading or attending conferences, workshops, or other training.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Electronics Engineering Technicians.

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Electronics Engineering Technicians.

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