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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, stereos, and calculators. They are involved in fabricating, operating, testing, troubleshooting, repairing, and maintaining 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 164,000 electrical and electronics engineering technicians employed in the United States.