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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 Air Force? In the Air Force: Advanced Fighter Aircraft Integrated Avionics; Aircraft Armament Systems Craftsman; Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare and Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics Apprentice, B-52; Bomber/Special Integrated Communication/Navigation/Mission Systems Apprentice, B-1; Bomber/Special Integrated Instrument and Flight Control Systems Apprentice, E-8; Electrical Systems; In-Flight Refueling Craftsman; Mobility Air Forces Integrated Communication/Navigation/Mission Systems Journeyman, C-130/ WC-130 (except SOF/PR and EC-130); Mobility Air Forces Integrated Instrument and Flight Control Systems Journeyman, KC-135; Signals Intelligence Analyst Apprentice, Electronic

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.


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


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


  • 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


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


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: (rated 3 of 5)
associate's degree or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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