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Electronic Technicians

Electronic technicians help design, develop, manufacture, test, repair and install electronic equipment. An electronic technician applies principles and theories of electronics, engineering, electrical circuitry, and mathematics. Electronic technicians usually perform a wide array of tasks, depending on the needs of the employer.

Sample job titles include electronics engineering technician, refurbish technician, test technician, failure analysis technician and electronics test technician.

They are often employed in companies that use electricity to power machinery. Electric power companies also employ electronic technicians since they use electronic equipment to operate and control generating facilities, for monitoring equipment and for substations.

Some electronic technicians work for companies that design and build factories, homes and other buildings. Electronic technicians typically work under the supervision of an electrical engineer.

Automated electronic control systems are becoming increasingly complicated which makes diagnosing the systems more difficult. With complex systems, technicians utilize software programs and a variety of testing equipment to diagnose malfunctions.

Electronic installers sometimes fit older manufacturing equipment with new automated control devices. They replace old electronic control units with new programming logic controls.

Electronic and electrical equipment are two separate types of industrial equipment. However, a lot of equipment includes both electronic and electrical components. In general, electrical portions provide the equipment with power and the electronic components control the devices. However numerous types of equipment are still controlled by electrical devices.

Responsibilities

  • Test electronic units using test equipment
  • Identify and fix equipment malfunctions
  • Assemble electronic units
  • Perform preventive maintenance and calibration of systems and equipment
  • Replace or adjust improperly functioning electronic components
  • Maintain manuals and system logs to document operation and testing of equipment
  • Prepare reports and record data
  • Provide user applications and engineering support
  • Provide customer support and education

Job Characteristics

Many electrical and electronics technicians work on factory floors and often have to deal with heat, noise and vibration. During installation and repair procedures technicians may have to do some heavy lifting. Most electronic technicians work at least 40 hours per week. They need to work well as a part of a team. They should have an aptitude for mathematics and science and be detailed oriented.

Employment Outlook

In 2006 the median hourly earnings for electrical and electronics repairers of commercial and industrial equipment was $21.72. The highest paid 10 percent earned over $30.90 per hour. The job opportunities will be best for those that hold an associate degree in electronics, have certification and related experience.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an employment growth of 3% from 2006 to 2016 for electrical and electronics installers and repairers which is slower than the average for all occupations. Employment growth rates vary by occupational specialty.

The job growth for electrical and electronics installers and repairers of commercial and industrial equipment is forecasted to be 7% which is about as fast as average for all occupations. Companies will want to install electronic controls, sensors, robots and other types of equipment in order to automate various processes.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Candidates for electronic technician jobs need to be knowledgeable about electronics. Employees often prefer candidates that have earned an associate degree in electronics. Many employers require candidates to be certified. Various professional and educational organizations provide certification. Technicians with certification may be given additional responsibilities and higher pay. Technicians with leadership abilities may move up to a supervisor job.

Resources

Major Employers

The main employers are building equipment contractors, manufacturers, utility companies, and government agencies.

Schools for Electrical And Electronic Technicians are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Electrical and Electronic Technicians

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Electrical and Electronic Technicians jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Huntsville 1280 $54,760
Hoover 320 $59,670
Birmingham 320 $59,670
Mobile 100 $67,460
Montgomery 70 $64,550
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 310 $80,460
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Phoenix 2690 $59,100
Scottsdale 2690 $59,100
Mesa 2690 $59,100
Tucson 310 $60,250
Sierra Vista 100 $51,130
Douglas 100 $51,130
Yuma 60 $68,310
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 210 $60,160
North Little Rock 210 $60,160
Little Rock 210 $60,160
Jonesboro 80 $63,560
Hot Springs 40 $66,900
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles 5950 $61,210
Long Beach 5950 $61,210
Anaheim 5950 $61,210
Sunnyvale 5800 $64,070
Santa Clara 5800 $64,070
San Jose 5800 $64,070
Oakland 3260 $70,980
San Francisco 3260 $70,980
Hayward 3260 $70,980
Carlsbad 2930 $63,190
San Diego 2930 $63,190
Oxnard 870 $71,360
Thousand Oaks 870 $71,360
Ventura 870 $71,360
San Bernardino 810 $66,190
Riverside 810 $66,190
Ontario 810 $66,190
Bakersfield 760 $77,230
Arden 640 $65,170
Arcade 640 $65,170
Sacramento 640 $65,170
Roseville 640 $65,170
Santa Barbara 270 $57,330
Santa Maria 270 $57,330
Santa Rosa 190 $66,200
Fresno 150 $70,680
Salinas 140 $61,690
Arroyo Grande 120 $51,830
Paso Robles 120 $51,830
San Luis Obispo 120 $51,830
Modesto 100 $57,350
Visalia 100 $58,030
Porterville 100 $58,030
Vallejo 80 $82,950
Fairfield 80 $82,950
Lodi 60 $72,840
Stockton 60 $72,840
Redding 50 $78,490
El Centro 40 $68,270
Santa Cruz N/A $65,830
Watsonville N/A $65,830
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Aurora 1090 $67,040
Lakewood 1090 $67,040
Denver 1090 $67,040
Boulder 290 $48,500
Colorado Springs 290 $57,750
Fort Collins 160 $62,220
Greeley 70 $68,410
Pueblo N/A $59,440
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Haven 330 $58,700
West Hartford 330 $59,120
Hartford 330 $59,120
East Hartford 330 $59,120
Norwalk 250 $65,140
Bridgeport 250 $65,140
Stamford 250 $65,140
Danbury 50 $54,700
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 1240 $58,700
Miami 1240 $58,700
Fort Lauderdale 1240 $58,700
Kissimmee 1060 $50,950
Orlando 1060 $50,950
Sanford 1060 $50,950
Tampa 950 $45,190
St. Petersburg 950 $45,190
Clearwater 950 $45,190
Melbourne 770 $47,290
Palm Bay 770 $47,290
Titusville 770 $47,290
Jacksonville 520 $60,410
Destin 240 $62,470
Fort Walton Beach 240 $62,470
Crestview 240 $62,470
Brent 160 $55,640
Ferry Pass 160 $55,640
Pensacola 160 $55,640
Fort Myers 100 $52,440
Cape Coral 100 $52,440
North Port 80 $51,120
Sarasota 80 $51,120
Bradenton 80 $51,120
Gainesville 60 $49,880
Panama City 60 $70,280
Ormond Beach 50 $36,610
Daytona Beach 50 $36,610
Deltona 50 $36,610
Winter Haven 50 $52,070
Lakeland 50 $52,070
Tallahassee 50 $66,190
Port St. Lucie 30 $52,630
Ocala N/A $43,540
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 2840 $57,590
Sandy Springs 2840 $57,590
Atlanta 2840 $57,590
Warner Robins 280 $67,930
Savannah 70 $51,350
Albany 60 $64,430
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 490 $66,720
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Coeur d'Alene 40 $67,870
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rockford 100 $56,490
Champaign 70 $66,190
Urbana 70 $66,190
Springfield 50 $60,700
Carbondale 40 $50,400
Marion 40 $50,400
Danville 40 $56,990
Peoria 30 $66,200
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 590 $52,660
Carmel 590 $52,660
Indianapolis 590 $52,660
Fort Wayne 270 $55,520
Goshen 110 $52,420
Elkhart 110 $52,420
Terre Haute 70 $66,190
Kokomo 60 $54,440
Lafayette 40 $53,650
West Lafayette 40 $53,650
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cedar Rapids 340 $61,590
West Des Moines 210 $66,190
Des Moines 210 $66,190
Cedar Falls 40 $61,940
Waterloo 40 $61,940
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 240 $52,990
Lawrence 40 $52,850
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 250 $76,720
Lexington 250 $76,720
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lafayette 430 $49,790
Metairie 420 $55,830
New Orleans 420 $55,830
Baton Rouge 250 $67,200
Shreveport 100 $56,460
Bossier City 100 $56,460
Houma 70 $51,250
Thibodaux 70 $51,250
Monroe 30 $61,490
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 160 $66,190
Portland 160 $66,190
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baltimore 2080 $66,200
Towson 2080 $66,200
Columbia 2080 $66,200
Lexington Park 510 $80,270
California 510 $80,270
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 80 $67,360
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 2400 $48,520
Detroit 2400 $48,520
Warren 2400 $48,520
Wyoming 1210 $62,470
Grand Rapids 1210 $62,470
Jackson 330 $62,660
Flint 120 $50,440
Ann Arbor 120 $54,510
East Lansing 100 $66,190
Lansing 100 $66,190
Kalamazoo 60 $37,680
Portage 60 $37,680
Saginaw 40 $61,020
Monroe N/A $66,910
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
St. Cloud 60 $47,740
Rochester 60 $55,360
North Mankato N/A $54,470
Mankato N/A $54,470
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Gulfport 440 $58,050
Pascagoula 440 $58,050
Biloxi 440 $58,050
Jackson 320 $39,870
Hattiesburg 30 $62,600
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Joplin 90 $45,570
Springfield 80 $55,480
Columbia 60 $52,700
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 40 $66,210
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 120 $52,990
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 600 $69,660
Henderson 600 $69,660
Las Vegas 600 $69,660
Reno 120 $55,420
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 150 $60,240
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 160 $65,040
Hammonton 40 $71,080
Atlantic City 40 $71,080
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 1070 $63,610
Las Cruces 270 $68,560
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 850 $50,820
Albany 400 $57,020
Troy 400 $57,020
Schenectady 400 $57,020
Cheektowaga 390 $53,720
Niagara Falls 390 $53,720
Buffalo 390 $53,720
Syracuse 280 $52,960
Binghamton 180 $49,930
Rome 90 $45,470
Utica 90 $45,470
Ithaca 60 $46,670
Kingston 30 $51,110
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Chapel Hill 810 $66,010
Durham 810 $66,010
Raleigh 480 $52,040
Greensboro 410 $61,370
High Point 410 $61,370
Salem 90 $42,910
Winston 90 $42,910
New Bern 90 $79,550
Fayetteville 80 $59,680
Asheville 80 $60,850
Morganton 40 $59,850
Hickory 40 $59,850
Lenoir 40 $59,850
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 410 $66,080
Elyria 380 $64,470
Cleveland 380 $64,470
Dayton 200 $60,740
Akron 130 $38,550
Toledo 120 $62,190
Canton 50 $52,690
Massillon 50 $52,690
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 770 $68,490
Tulsa 430 $52,160
Lawton N/A $61,830
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene 70 $62,000
Redmond 40 $64,340
Bend 40 $64,340
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 1200 $52,020
Reading 330 $52,340
Wilkes 290 $58,060
Barre 290 $58,060
Hazleton 290 $58,060
Scranton 290 $58,060
Harrisburg 170 $59,450
Carlisle 170 $59,450
York 130 $51,000
Hanover 130 $51,000
East Stroudsburg 110 N/A
State College 70 $40,880
Lancaster 70 $50,610
Erie 50 $48,040
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
San Juan 810 $43,390
Carolina 810 $43,390
Caguas 810 $43,390
Isabela 120 $40,200
Aguadilla 120 $40,200
Ponce 70 $45,450
Mayag�ez 40 $25,910
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
North Charleston 400 $76,170
Charleston 400 $76,170
Columbia 220 $62,190
Mauldin 200 $52,370
Anderson 200 $52,370
Greenville 200 $52,370
Spartanburg 90 $52,070
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 60 $44,650
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Davidson 630 $50,990
Murfreesboro 630 $50,990
Franklin 630 $50,990
Nashville 630 $50,990
Knoxville 460 $56,760
Jackson 50 $61,280
Cleveland 40 $48,140
Johnson City 40 $66,200
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sugar Land 5420 $60,120
The Woodlands 5420 $60,120
Houston 5420 $60,120
Fort Worth 4970 $57,890
Arlington 4970 $57,890
Dallas 4970 $57,890
Round Rock 3640 $67,750
Austin 3640 $67,750
San Antonio 700 $60,410
New Braunfels 700 $60,410
Midland 160 $66,210
Port Arthur 120 $76,150
Beaumont 120 $76,150
El Paso 110 $55,920
Corpus Christi 110 $66,610
Temple 100 $60,930
Killeen 100 $60,930
Lubbock 80 $51,390
Amarillo 80 $69,360
Bryan 70 $50,760
College Station 70 $50,760
Brownsville 30 $51,930
Harlingen 30 $51,930
Odessa 30 $57,490
Longview N/A $45,570
Waco N/A $50,750
Tyler N/A $62,630
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 600 $58,570
Clearfield 390 $68,310
Ogden 390 $68,310
Provo N/A $47,490
Orem N/A $47,490
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington N/A $67,220
Burlington N/A $67,220
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 240 $56,290
Lynchburg 190 $31,230
Blacksburg 140 $44,260
Christiansburg 140 $44,260
Radford 140 $44,260
Roanoke 110 $62,480
Charlottesville 90 $53,180
Harrisonburg 30 $68,850
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tacoma 1290 $66,070
Seattle 1290 $66,070
Bellevue 1290 $66,070
Bremerton 260 $77,390
Silverdale 260 $77,390
Richland 190 $71,660
Kennewick 190 $71,660
Spokane 150 $62,320
Spokane Valley 150 $62,320
Bellingham N/A $55,500
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 150 $45,700
Morgantown 30 $55,380
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Milwaukee 870 $52,690
Waukesha 870 $52,690
West Allis 870 $52,690
Madison 310 $52,760
Neenah 140 $45,330
Oshkosh 140 $45,330
Appleton 120 $50,590
Eau Claire 120 $55,080
Green Bay 110 $59,520
Racine 60 $52,430
Wausau 60 $54,460

Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Electrical and Electronic Technicians

To find out more about building a career as Electronic Technicians, we spoke with professionals in the field across a variety of specialties. Learn about their experiences on the job, the steps they took to complete their education, and what it takes to excel in this industry. Click the link to see a story.

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Most Popular Industries for :
Electrical and Electronic Technicians

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Electronics And Computer 38,680 24% $48,610
Professional And Technical Services 26,670 16% $53,130
Government 12,640 7% $67,180
Telecommunications 12,440 7% $56,140
Office Services And Staffing 11,490 7% $48,120
Durable Goods Wholesale 10,470 6% $53,430
Postal Service 7,690 4% $57,600
Utilities 7,370 4% $59,570
Automotive And Vehicle Manufacturing 4,850 3% $52,620
Machinery 4,510 2% $47,790
Electrical Appliance 4,240 2% $46,070
Business Management 2,090 1% $50,370
Education 1,850 1% $48,110
Online Wholesale 1,760 1% $58,480
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