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Electrical And Electronic Engineering Technicians Career

Career Description

Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians apply electrical and electronic theory and related knowledge, usually under the direction of engineering staff, to design, build, repair, calibrate, and modify electrical components, circuitry, controls, and machinery for subsequent evaluation and use by engineering staff in making engineering design decisions.

Common Work Tasks

  • Help design, develop, test, and manufacture electrical and electronic equipment such as communication equipment; radar, industrial, and medical monitoring or control devices; navigational equipment; and computers
  • Work in product evaluation and testing, using measuring and diagnostic devices to adjust, test, and repair equipment
  • Update knowledge and skills to keep up with rapid advancements in computer technology
  • Provide technical support to designers, marketing and sales departments, suppliers, engineers and other team members throughout the product development and implementation process
  • Test and verify hardware and support peripherals to ensure that they meet specifications and requirements, by recording and analyzing test data
  • Monitor functioning of equipment and make necessary modifications to ensure system operates in conformance with specifications
  • Analyze information to determine, recommend, and plan layout, including type of computers and peripheral equipment modifications
  • Build, test, and modify product prototypes using working models or theoretical models constructed with computer simulation
  • Analyze user needs and recommend appropriate hardware
  • Direct technicians, engineering designers or other technical support personnel as needed

Other Job Titles

Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians are also known by other titles, including:

  • Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians
  • Civil Engineering Technicians
  • Mechanical Engineering Technicians
  • Environmental Engineering Technicians

Education, Training, and Experience

Education and Training
Although it may be possible to qualify for certain engineering technician jobs without formal training, most employers prefer to hire someone with at least a 2-year associate degree in engineering technology. People with college courses in science, engineering, and mathematics may qualify for some positions but may need additional specialized training and experience. Prospective engineering technicians should take as many high school science and math courses as possible to prepare for programs in engineering technology after high school.

Experience
  Because many engineering technicians assist in design work, creativity is desirable. Good communication skills and the ability to work well with others also are important as engineering technicians are typically part of a team of engineers and other technicians.

Salary

The median annual salary for an electrical and electronic engineering technician is $52,000. The top 10 percent earn more than $76,000, and the lowest 10 percent earn less than $31,000. Median earnings in the industries employing the largest number of electrical and electronic engineering technicians are:

  • Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing - $49,270
  • Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services  - $51,380
  • Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing  - $47,520
  • Employment Services  - $44,050
  • Wired Telecommunications Carriers  - $55,800

Job Outlook

  • 2006-2016 Employment growth:  4%
  • Number of new jobs created 2006-2016: 6,100
  • Employment 2006 : 170,000
  • Employment 2016:  177,000
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