Electronics Engineering Technicians

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Electronics engineering technicians work with electronics engineers to design, develop, and manufacture industrial and consumer electronic equipment, including sonar, radar, and navigational equipment, as well as computers, printers, radios, televisions, digital video disc players, and MP3 players. They fabricate, operate, test, troubleshoot, repair, and maintain equipment. Those involved in the development of new electronic equipment help to make changes or modifications in circuitry or other design elements.

Other electronics technicians inspect newly installed equipment or instruct and supervise lower-grade technicians' installation, assembly, or repair activities. 

As part of their normal duties, all electronics engineering technicians set up testing equipment, conduct tests, and analyze the results; they also prepare reports, sketches, graphs, and schematic drawings to describe electronics systems and their characteristics. Electronics engineering technicians use a variety of hand and machine tools, including bench lathes and drills.

Depending on their specialization, electronics technicians may be computer laboratory technicians, development instrumentation technicians, electronic communications technicians, nuclear reactor electronics technicians, electronics development technicians, electronics manufacturing and production technicians, electronics service technicians, engineering development technicians, or systems testing laboratory technicians. There are approximately 139,080 electrical and electronics engineering technicians employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Computer Laboratory Technicians, Development Instrumentation Technicians, Electronic Communications Technicians, Electronics Development Technicians, Electronics Manufacturing and Production Technicians, Electronics Service Technicians, Engineering Development Technicians, Nuclear Reactor Electronics Technicians, Systems Testing Laboratory Technicians
Duties Work with electronics engineers to design, develop, and manufacture industrial and consumer electronic equipment
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Experience working with electronics highly recommended
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Electrical or Electronics Engineer
  • Electronics Technician Supervisor or Engineering Technologist
  • Experienced Electronics Engineering Technician
  • Entry-Level Electronics Engineering Technician