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Electronics Engineers

Also called: Design Engineer, Engineering Manager, Product Engineer, Test Engineer

Where in the Air Force? In the Air Force: Aerospace Ground Equipment; Aerospace Ground Equipment Craftsman; Aerospace Ground Equipment Journeyman; Aerospace Maintenance Apprentice, C-17; Aerospace Maintenance Helper, C-17; Airlift/Special Mission Aircraft Maintenance; Airlift/Special Mission Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice, C-20/C-21/C-22/C-37/C-40/E-4/VC-25; Airlift/Special Mission Aircraft Maintenance Helper, C-130/C-27J; Airlift/Special Mission Aircraft Maintenance Journeyman, C-130/C-27J; Airlift/Special Mission Aircraft Maintenance Journeyman, C-20/C-21/C-22/C-37/C-40/E-4/VC-25

What they do:
Research, design, develop, or test electronic components and systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use employing knowledge of electronic theory and materials properties. Design electronic circuits and components for use in fields such as telecommunications, aerospace guidance and propulsion control, acoustics, or instruments and controls.
On the job, you would:
  • Operate computer-assisted engineering and design software and equipment to perform engineering tasks.
  • Design electronic components, software, products, or systems for commercial, industrial, medical, military, or scientific applications.
  • Prepare engineering sketches or specifications for construction, relocation, or installation of equipment, facilities, products, or systems.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development
  • design
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products

Skills

Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one

Abilities

Verbal
  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Independence

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Mentor Graphics PADS
Development environment software
  • Assembler
  • C
Analytical or scientific software
  • Ansoft Simplorer
  • The MathWorks Simulink

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$94,250
per year, on average
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