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Engineering Technicians

Engineering technicians solve technical problems by using the principles and theories of engineering, science and mathematics. They work in research and development, construction, manufacturing, and inspection and maintenance. Their work is more application oriented than the work of engineers and scientists. Most engineering technicians work in a specific field.

Common job titles include engineering assistant, electronics technician, electrical engineering technician, electrical design technician, test technician, electrical technician, equipment engineering technician, engineering lab coordinator and engineering lab technician.

Some engineering technicians assist engineers and scientists with research and development activities. They build or set-up equipment and perform experiments. They also collect data and record results. They help scientists or engineers produce prototypes of newly designed equipment. Engineering technician personnel may also help with design work and utilize computer-aided design and drafting equipment.

Some technicians work in quality control. They perform tests, check products and gather data. Engineering technicians that are employed in manufacturing industries help design and develop products. They may prepare technical or engineering drawings.

Some people in the occupation specialize in chemical engineering technology which involves developing new chemical products and processes. Another specialty is bioengineering technology which involves developing and implementing biomedical equipment.

Electrical and electronics engineering technicians assist with the designing, developing, testing and manufacturing of electronic and electrical equipment, including navigational equipment, computers, communication equipment, radar, industrial, and medical monitoring and control devices.

Aerospace engineering and operations technicians build, test and maintain aircraft and space vehicles. They often record and interpret data.

Civil engineering technicians assist civil engineers with planning and overseeing the construction of buildings, highways, water treatment systems, bridges and other structures. They also perform related research. Some civil engineering technicians determine the materials to be used and estimate construction costs.

Environmental engineering technicians assist in the development of methods and devices which are used to prevent, control or fix environmental hazards. They also inspect and maintain equipment related to recycling and air pollution. Some environmental technicians inspect water and wastewater treatment systems.

Responsibilities

  • Install and maintain solid state equipment and electrical control systems
  • Make modifications to electrical parts, prototypes, systems and assemblies in order to fix functional deviations
  • Assemble electronic and electrical systems and prototypes
  • Set up and utilize test equipment
  • Work with electrical engineers and others to identify and solve developmental problems
  • Develop project cost and work-time estimates
  • Build, maintain, troubleshoot and repair testing equipment and electrical instruments
  • Assist engineers with product design
  • Analyze and interpret test information
  • Inspect products and processes

Job Characteristics

Engineering technicians typically work 40 hours per week. They work in manufacturing plants, offices, construction sites or in laboratories. Some engineering technicians may be exposed to hazards from chemicals, equipment or toxic materials.

Since a large number of engineering technicians are involved with design work, creativity is beneficial. Engineering technicians are usually part of a team, thus the ability to work well with others and good communications skills are important.

Employment Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has forecasted a 7 percent growth rate from 2006 to 2016 for engineering technician jobs, which is about as fast as average for all occupations.

The employment of engineering technicians in electronics and computer related specialties may be negatively impacted by companies moving part of their development operations overseas. However, a lot of the engineering technician work needs on-site presence, thus the demand for these workers in the United States should continue to grow, especially in environmental, industrial and civil specialties.

Employment for environmental engineers is projected to grow 25% from 2006 to 2016. The demand for aerospace and operations technicians is projected to continue to grow.

In 2006 the median annual earnings for electrical and electronics engineering technicians was $50,650. Two of the highest paying sectors for the occupation are aerospace and telecommunications carriers.

In 2006, about a third of engineering technicians were electrical and electronics engineering technicians. In descending order, the other top job providing specialty areas in 2006 were civil engineering technicians, industrial engineering technicians, mechanical engineering technicians, environmental technicians, electro-mechanical technicians and aerospace engineering and operation technicians.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Most employers prefer to hire people that have at least an associate degree in engineering technology. Most associate degree programs that have been accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) include at least college algebra and trigonometry along with one or two basic science courses. Depending on the area of specialization, more science or math may be required.

The type of technical classes required depends on the specialty. A large number of ABET accredited programs are available in engineering technology specialities. Graduates of ABET accredited programs are typically recognized as having an acceptable level of competence in the subjects of science and math and also technical courses that are required of the occupation.

Technical institutes usually offer a lot of technical training through application and practice, however they usually offer less general education and theory than community colleges. Numerous colleges provide bachelor's degrees in engineering technology, however graduates of these programs often are employed as technologists or applied engineers and not as technicians.

A large number of private and public schools offer technical training and the type and quality of training varies significantly. Students may want to ask perspective employers for their school preferences. They should also ask a school representative about the types of jobs graduates have obtained.

Employers typically don't require engineering technicians to be certified, however, those with certification may have a competitive advantage. The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies offers certification programs for several engineering technology specialties.

Resources

Major Employers

The top employment sectors are engineering services, telecommunications carriers, semiconductor and electronic manufacturing; navigational, measuring, electromedical and control instruments manufacturing; local and state governments, testing laboratories, and architectural services.

Schools for Engineering Technicians are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Engineering Technicians

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Engineering 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 430 $76,160
Hoover 160 $52,620
Birmingham 160 $52,620
Mobile 80 $42,040
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 160 $80,650
Fairbanks 90 $72,310
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 1700 $58,600
Mesa 1700 $58,600
Phoenix 1700 $58,600
Tucson 130 $48,340
Flagstaff 50 $54,850
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 50 $55,090
North Little Rock 50 $55,090
Little Rock 50 $55,090
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 2850 $65,020
Los Angeles 2850 $65,020
Long Beach 2850 $65,020
San Diego 1540 $63,690
Carlsbad 1540 $63,690
San Jose 1200 $71,640
Santa Clara 1200 $71,640
Sunnyvale 1200 $71,640
Oakland 900 $74,480
San Francisco 900 $74,480
Hayward 900 $74,480
Bakersfield 540 $76,280
Riverside 440 $69,280
Ontario 440 $69,280
San Bernardino 440 $69,280
Thousand Oaks 360 $76,530
Oxnard 360 $76,530
Ventura 360 $76,530
Roseville 340 $53,900
Sacramento 340 $53,900
Arcade 340 $53,900
Arden 340 $53,900
Santa Rosa 120 $47,430
Santa Barbara 110 $73,840
Santa Maria 110 $73,840
Stockton 100 $62,280
Lodi 100 $62,280
Fresno 80 $55,550
Salinas 50 $69,340
Santa Cruz 40 $59,480
Watsonville 40 $59,480
Fairfield N/A $81,410
Vallejo N/A $81,410
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Aurora 940 $73,150
Lakewood 940 $73,150
Denver 940 $73,150
Boulder 190 $67,230
Colorado Springs 150 $62,470
Grand Junction 50 $69,760
Fort Collins 40 $58,880
Greeley N/A $67,190
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 150 $52,510
West Hartford 150 $52,510
Hartford 150 $52,510
New Haven 100 $71,440
Norwalk 50 $67,750
Stamford 50 $67,750
Bridgeport 50 $67,750
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Lauderdale 360 $52,840
Miami 360 $52,840
West Palm Beach 360 $52,840
Jacksonville 290 $72,220
Fort Walton Beach 220 $62,190
Crestview 220 $62,190
Destin 220 $62,190
St. Petersburg 210 $56,850
Tampa 210 $56,850
Clearwater 210 $56,850
Palm Bay 200 $70,890
Melbourne 200 $70,890
Titusville 200 $70,890
Sanford 160 $49,380
Orlando 160 $49,380
Kissimmee 160 $49,380
Panama City 130 $66,360
Gainesville 70 $45,290
Brent 70 $68,850
Pensacola 70 $68,850
Ferry Pass 70 $68,850
Bradenton 40 $51,310
North Port 40 $51,310
Sarasota 40 $51,310
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 710 $59,680
Sandy Springs 710 $59,680
Atlanta 710 $59,680
Savannah 40 N/A
Albany 40 $72,220
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 600 $77,700
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 100 $55,670
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 170 $52,920
Rockford 110 $59,200
Bloomington 40 $68,470
Urbana N/A $58,050
Champaign N/A $58,050
Peoria N/A $71,580
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 320 $50,850
Carmel 320 $50,850
Indianapolis 320 $50,850
Fort Wayne 30 $73,550
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cedar Rapids 270 $52,800
West Des Moines 90 $59,550
Des Moines 90 $59,550
Ames 60 $45,680
Iowa City 40 $59,010
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Topeka 160 $47,530
Wichita 50 $58,620
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 290 $24,090
Lexington 290 $24,090
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baton Rouge 310 $50,960
New Orleans 260 $56,970
Metairie 260 $56,970
Lafayette 50 $54,390
Bossier City 40 $48,420
Shreveport 40 $48,420
Houma N/A $51,960
Thibodaux N/A $51,960
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 40 $50,340
Portland 40 $50,340
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baltimore 710 $82,830
Towson 710 $82,830
Columbia 710 $82,830
Lexington Park 310 $84,900
California 310 $84,900
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Warren 1380 $69,920
Detroit 1380 $69,920
Dearborn 1380 $69,920
Wyoming 150 $42,420
Grand Rapids 150 $42,420
Ann Arbor 100 $54,400
Saginaw 90 $45,580
Flint 60 $48,690
Monroe 60 $50,370
Lansing 30 $43,470
East Lansing 30 $43,470
Muskegon N/A $52,450
Portage N/A $60,860
Kalamazoo N/A $60,860
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 50 $67,760
St. Cloud 40 $55,500
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pascagoula 70 $76,140
Biloxi 70 $76,140
Gulfport 70 $76,140
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 180 $72,030
Henderson 180 $72,030
Las Vegas 180 $72,030
Reno 40 $51,380
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton N/A $61,630
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Las Cruces 200 $45,220
Farmington 70 $53,230
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albany 250 $61,270
Troy 250 $61,270
Schenectady 250 $61,270
Rochester 220 $53,040
Niagara Falls 210 $59,590
Cheektowaga 210 $59,590
Buffalo 210 $59,590
Syracuse 90 $56,440
Rome 50 $53,700
Utica 50 $53,700
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Chapel Hill 120 $50,170
Durham 120 $50,170
Greensboro 60 $60,710
High Point 60 $60,710
Raleigh N/A $63,500
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 1030 $53,420
Cleveland 710 $54,450
Elyria 710 $54,450
Akron 360 $63,370
Dayton 190 $59,390
Toledo 90 $54,670
Canton 60 $45,300
Massillon 60 $45,300
Lima N/A $46,640
Mansfield N/A $47,990
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 440 $66,220
Tulsa 230 $66,450
Lawton 30 $48,410
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene 100 $57,990
Albany 50 $45,560
Corvallis 40 $55,030
Salem 30 $51,150
Redmond N/A $48,360
Bend N/A $48,360
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 610 $48,920
Harrisburg 470 $26,470
Carlisle 470 $26,470
Lancaster 180 $26,550
York 160 $55,730
Hanover 160 $55,730
Hazleton 150 $35,130
Barre 150 $35,130
Wilkes 150 $35,130
Scranton 150 $35,130
Waynesboro 110 $55,160
Chambersburg 110 $55,160
Johnstown 70 $42,880
Erie 70 $43,910
State College 50 $31,910
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 190 $35,490
Carolina 190 $35,490
San Juan 190 $35,490
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 160 $58,320
Mauldin 80 $63,510
Anderson 80 $63,510
Greenville 80 $63,510
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 210 $60,510
Franklin 210 $60,510
Davidson 210 $60,510
Nashville 210 $60,510
Knoxville 150 $56,990
Jackson N/A $61,930
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sugar Land 2650 $60,130
The Woodlands 2650 $60,130
Houston 2650 $60,130
Arlington 1840 $55,830
Fort Worth 1840 $55,830
Dallas 1840 $55,830
San Antonio 960 $47,670
New Braunfels 960 $47,670
College Station 620 $44,560
Bryan 620 $44,560
Round Rock 490 $55,330
Austin 490 $55,330
Midland 170 $66,750
Port Arthur 110 $91,520
Beaumont 110 $91,520
Corpus Christi 100 $64,420
Amarillo 90 $38,180
Temple 80 $59,690
Killeen 80 $59,690
Lubbock 70 $44,000
El Paso 50 $43,970
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 270 $54,850
Clearfield 150 $66,370
Ogden 150 $66,370
Provo 40 $55,740
Orem 40 $55,740
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington N/A $53,760
Burlington N/A $53,760
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 110 $54,210
Blacksburg 50 $49,560
Radford 50 $49,560
Christiansburg 50 $49,560
Roanoke 40 $44,670
Lynchburg N/A $47,200
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 410 $71,500
Seattle 410 $71,500
Tacoma 410 $71,500
Kennewick 110 $47,810
Richland 110 $47,810
Spokane Valley 60 $56,460
Spokane 60 $56,460
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Morgantown 30 $54,120
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Waukesha 310 $52,750
West Allis 310 $52,750
Milwaukee 310 $52,750
Madison 250 $64,570
Appleton 70 $55,740
Green Bay 50 $44,570
Wausau N/A $48,050
Oshkosh N/A $53,990
Neenah N/A $53,990

Most Popular Industries for :
Engineering 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
Government 21,940 30% $61,840
Professional And Technical Services 14,620 20% $50,890
Automotive And Vehicle Manufacturing 8,470 11% $62,620
Electronics And Computer 6,930 9% $52,970
Office Services And Staffing 4,090 5% $42,430
Education 2,920 4% $48,440
Business Management 1,570 2% $58,080
Machinery 1,320 1% $52,240
Utilities 1,300 1% $60,620
Oil And Coal Products 1,180 1% $81,570
Oil And Gas 980 1% $59,810
Chemicals 900 1% $59,260
Durable Goods Wholesale 820 1% $50,530
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