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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.

Electrical and Electronic Technicians Skills

Below are the skills needed to be electrical and electronic technicians according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Skill NameImportanceCompetence
Reading Comprehension3.753.88
Complex Problem Solving3.383.12
Critical Thinking3.383.38
Speaking3.253.12
Monitoring3.253.12

Electrical and Electronic Technicians Abilities

Below are the abilities needed to be electrical and electronic technicians according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Ability NameImportanceCompetence
Problem Sensitivity43.88
Oral Comprehension3.754
Deductive Reasoning3.754
Written Comprehension3.754
Near Vision3.754

Electrical and Electronic Technicians Knowledge

Below are the knowledge areas needed to be electrical and electronic technicians according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Knowledge AreaImportanceCompetence
Engineering and Technology4.364.87
Computers and Electronics4.15.02
Design3.314.18
Customer and Personal Service3.283.74
Mechanical3.184.28

Electrical and Electronic Technicians Work activities

Below are the work activities involved in being electrical and electronic technicians according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest).

   
Work ActivityImportanceCompetence
Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment4.245.22
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material4.064.4
Interacting With Computers3.923.78
Getting Information3.913.65
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events3.884.17

Electrical and Electronic Technicians Work styles

Below are the work styles involved in being electrical and electronic technicians according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest).

   
Work StyleImportance
Attention to Detail4.44
Analytical Thinking4.17
Dependability4.12
Adaptability/Flexibility3.95
Cooperation3.91

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for
Electrical and Electronic Technicians

Listed below are the 10 largest metro areas based on the total number of people employed in Electrical and Electronic Technicians jobs , as of 2017

   
Metro AreaTotal EmploymentAnnual Mean Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim5,680 $64,670
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara5,270 $63,750
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land3,780 $68,850
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward3,600 $69,920
San Diego-Carlsbad2,920 $69,730
Austin-Round Rock2,910 $66,610
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington2,770 $62,980
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell2,400 $57,220
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson2,210 $70,750
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale2,180 $63,080

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Source : 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 22.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org

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