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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 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Huntsville 420 $76,400
Hoover 150 $39,310
Birmingham 150 $39,310
Mobile 80 $41,560
Tuscaloosa 40 $52,080
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 150 $73,080
Fairbanks 70 $69,800
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mesa 1060 $54,680
Scottsdale 1060 $54,680
Phoenix 1060 $54,680
Tucson 150 $54,340
Flagstaff 60 $57,130
Prescott 30 $48,810
Yuma N/A $65,050
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 50 $53,200
North Little Rock 50 $53,200
Little Rock 50 $53,200
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Long Beach 2730 $66,400
Anaheim 2730 $66,400
Los Angeles 2730 $66,400
Carlsbad 1600 $65,010
San Diego 1600 $65,010
San Jose 1270 $76,280
Sunnyvale 1270 $76,280
Santa Clara 1270 $76,280
Oakland 1130 $75,850
San Francisco 1130 $75,850
Hayward 1130 $75,850
Ontario 620 $65,340
Riverside 620 $65,340
San Bernardino 620 $65,340
Bakersfield 570 $78,170
Arcade 340 $57,760
Arden 340 $57,760
Sacramento 340 $57,760
Roseville 340 $57,760
Thousand Oaks 330 $79,360
Ventura 330 $79,360
Oxnard 330 $79,360
Lodi 170 $33,270
Stockton 170 $33,270
Santa Barbara 120 $75,730
Santa Maria 120 $75,730
Santa Rosa 70 $70,580
Redding 30 $64,720
Arroyo Grande 30 $67,080
San Luis Obispo 30 $67,080
Paso Robles 30 $67,080
Vallejo N/A $83,580
Fairfield N/A $83,580
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 960 $71,710
Denver 960 $71,710
Aurora 960 $71,710
Boulder 180 $64,290
Colorado Springs 90 $66,900
Greeley 80 $65,890
Fort Collins 60 $61,410
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 150 $54,060
West Hartford 150 $54,060
Hartford 150 $54,060
New Haven 90 $74,020
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 440 $48,940
Fort Lauderdale 440 $48,940
Miami 440 $48,940
Tampa 290 $44,520
Clearwater 290 $44,520
St. Petersburg 290 $44,520
Jacksonville 270 $70,020
Crestview 240 $61,910
Destin 240 $61,910
Fort Walton Beach 240 $61,910
Kissimmee 220 $47,510
Sanford 220 $47,510
Orlando 220 $47,510
Titusville 180 $74,130
Melbourne 180 $74,130
Palm Bay 180 $74,130
Panama City 140 $68,790
Brent 90 $66,720
Ferry Pass 90 $66,720
Pensacola 90 $66,720
Gainesville 70 $47,840
North Port 40 $53,790
Sarasota 40 $53,790
Bradenton 40 $53,790
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 690 $62,190
Sandy Springs 690 $62,190
Atlanta 690 $62,190
Savannah 50 $63,660
Clarke County N/A $38,960
Athens N/A $38,960
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 560 $78,680
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 70 $57,140
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 310 $70,920
Springfield 170 $64,990
Rockford 120 $54,630
Urbana 70 $59,260
Champaign 70 $59,260
Bloomington 40 $71,760
Marion N/A $56,120
Carbondale N/A $56,120
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 310 $46,580
Carmel 310 $46,580
Indianapolis 310 $46,580
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cedar Rapids 320 $49,280
West Des Moines 110 $64,600
Des Moines 110 $64,600
Iowa City N/A $60,820
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Topeka 200 $48,560
Wichita 60 $56,140
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette N/A $24,110
Lexington N/A $24,110
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baton Rouge 500 $44,790
New Orleans 340 $56,840
Metairie 340 $56,840
Lafayette 110 $47,520
Bossier City 100 $48,340
Shreveport 100 $48,340
Alexandria 80 $46,300
Monroe 70 $41,490
Lake Charles 60 $46,040
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 60 $54,250
Portland 60 $54,250
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baltimore 680 $84,040
Towson 680 $84,040
Columbia 680 $84,040
Lexington Park 310 $87,830
California 310 $87,830
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Warren 1330 $68,670
Dearborn 1330 $68,670
Detroit 1330 $68,670
Ann Arbor 100 $56,200
Flint 90 $48,160
Muskegon 80 $42,020
Saginaw N/A $38,660
Wyoming N/A $42,600
Grand Rapids N/A $42,600
Benton Harbor N/A $43,630
Niles N/A $43,630
Kalamazoo N/A $61,080
Portage N/A $61,080
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 60 $67,630
St. Cloud 30 $57,150
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pascagoula 100 $69,130
Biloxi 100 $69,130
Gulfport 100 $69,130
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 150 $75,370
Henderson 150 $75,370
Las Vegas 150 $75,370
Reno 140 $36,170
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 960 $71,240
Las Cruces 160 $49,060
Farmington 70 $52,060
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albany 320 $67,170
Troy 320 $67,170
Schenectady 320 $67,170
Rochester 230 $52,930
Niagara Falls 130 $55,660
Cheektowaga 130 $55,660
Buffalo 130 $55,660
Syracuse 80 $50,520
Rome 40 $53,810
Utica 40 $53,810
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Durham 170 $56,030
Chapel Hill 170 $56,030
New Bern 100 $71,100
Greensboro 90 $53,630
High Point 90 $53,630
Raleigh 80 $61,900
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 850 $53,640
Cleveland 660 $52,120
Elyria 660 $52,120
Akron 320 $64,760
Dayton 230 $57,690
Toledo 60 $38,150
Canton 50 $40,650
Massillon 50 $40,650
Lima 50 $44,160
Mansfield N/A $50,500
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 490 $65,560
Tulsa 240 $71,330
Lawton 30 $51,030
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albany 80 $49,880
Eugene 80 $57,620
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 1070 $55,530
Hanover 350 $49,830
York 350 $49,830
Reading 230 $63,670
Barre 210 $37,940
Hazleton 210 $37,940
Wilkes 210 $37,940
Scranton 210 $37,940
Harrisburg 170 $41,830
Carlisle 170 $41,830
Lancaster 160 $48,480
Chambersburg 110 $56,910
Waynesboro 110 $56,910
Erie 90 $44,220
State College 70 $36,190
Johnstown 60 $47,650
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 180 $36,610
Carolina 180 $36,610
San Juan 180 $36,610
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 180 $57,080
Mauldin 120 $60,560
Anderson 120 $60,560
Greenville 120 $60,560
Charleston 90 $74,720
North Charleston 90 $74,720
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 250 $62,010
Nashville 250 $62,010
Murfreesboro 250 $62,010
Davidson 250 $62,010
Knoxville 190 $65,500
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sugar Land 2350 $62,790
The Woodlands 2350 $62,790
Houston 2350 $62,790
Arlington 1780 $57,670
Fort Worth 1780 $57,670
Dallas 1780 $57,670
San Antonio 850 $62,730
New Braunfels 850 $62,730
Austin 490 $59,670
Round Rock 490 $59,670
Midland 180 $66,710
Beaumont 140 $71,060
Port Arthur 140 $71,060
College Station 110 $52,450
Bryan 110 $52,450
Corpus Christi 100 $67,150
El Paso 90 $39,530
Killeen 80 $61,780
Temple 80 $61,780
Lubbock 60 $45,970
McAllen 30 $63,650
Edinburg 30 $63,650
Mission 30 $63,650
Odessa N/A $76,500
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 500 $53,000
Clearfield 210 $67,150
Ogden 210 $67,150
Orem 100 $42,510
Provo 100 $42,510
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 100 $58,990
Blacksburg 60 $53,130
Radford 60 $53,130
Christiansburg 60 $53,130
Roanoke 40 $49,120
Lynchburg N/A $77,790
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 560 $69,670
Tacoma 560 $69,670
Seattle 560 $69,670
Richland 110 $47,860
Kennewick 110 $47,860
Spokane 70 $48,380
Spokane Valley 70 $48,380
Mount Vernon 40 $71,450
Anacortes 40 $71,450
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Morgantown 30 $52,920
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 320 $54,440
Waukesha 320 $54,440
Milwaukee 320 $54,440
Madison 200 $63,870
Neenah 60 $57,290
Oshkosh 60 $57,290
Green Bay 50 $43,200
Appleton 50 $57,230
Fond du Lac 40 $54,900

Most Popular Industries for :
Engineering Technicians

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

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

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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