Electronics Engineering Technicians

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, radios, televisions, digital video disc players, MP3 players, and calculators. 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 such equipment as 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, engineering development technicians, or systems testing laboratory technicians. There are approximately 141,150 electrical and electronics engineering technicians employed in the United States.

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

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