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Electronics Engineering Technicians

Also called: Digital Tech (Digital Technician), Electronics Engineering Technician, Electronics Technician, Engineering Technician (Engineering Tech)

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Army, Coast Guard, or Navy.

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Read blueprints, wiring diagrams, schematic drawings, or engineering instructions for assembling electronics units, applying knowledge of electronic theory and components.
  • 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.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development
  • computers and electronics
Business
  • customer service
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

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
  • measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • hold or move items with your hands
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Dependability
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Cooperation
  • Achievement/Effort

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Development environment software
  • C
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
Analytical or scientific software
  • Mentor Graphics ModelSim
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
Computer aided design CAD software
  • Cadence software
  • National Instruments Multisim

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
associate's degree or
some college
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$57,850
per year, on average
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