Lay out, build, test, troubleshoot, repair, and modify developmental and production electronic components, parts, equipment, and systems, such as computer equipment, missile control instrumentation, electron tubes, test equipment, and machine tool numerical controls, applying principles and theories of electronics, electrical circuitry, engineering mathematics, electronic and electrical testing, and physics. Usually work under direction of engineering staff.
- Automation Technician
- Calibration and Instrumentation Technician
- Calibration Laboratory Technician
- Certified Control Systems Technician
- CNC Programmer (Computer Numerical Control Programmer)
- Computer Engineering Technician
- Controls Technician
- Developmental Electronics Assembler
- Digital Technician
- Drafting Technician
- Read blueprints, wiring diagrams, schematic drawings, or engineering instructions for assembling electronics units, applying knowledge of electronic theory and components.
- Test electronics units, using standard test equipment, and analyze results to evaluate performance and determine need for adjustment.
- Perform preventative maintenance or calibration of equipment or systems.
- Assemble, test, or maintain circuitry or electronic components, according to engineering instructions, technical manuals, or knowledge of electronics, using hand or power tools.
- Adjust or replace defective or improperly functioning circuitry or electronics components, using hand tools or soldering iron.
- Write reports or record data on testing techniques, laboratory equipment, or specifications to assist engineers.
- Identify and resolve equipment malfunctions, working with manufacturers or field representatives as necessary to procure replacement parts.
- Maintain system logs or manuals to document testing or operation of equipment.
- Provide user applications or engineering support or recommendations for new or existing equipment with regard to installation, upgrades, or enhancements.
- Provide customer support and education, working with users to identify needs, determine sources of problems, or to provide information on product use.
People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RI.
This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Investigative environments.
People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Working Conditions in their jobs.
- Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
- Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
- Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
- Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
- Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
- Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
In 2012, the average annual wage in United States was $58,070.00 with most people making between $34,560.00 and $83,120.00
During 2010, this occupation employed approximately 151,000 people in United States. It is projected that there will be 154,000 employed in 2020.
This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 31,000 replacement openings for approximately 31,000 total annual openings.
collegeCalifornia State Polytechnic University-Pomona
onetMechanical Engineering Technicians
collegeUniversity of California-Berkeley
onetElectrical Engineering Technicians
majorMechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering
majorElectrical and Electronics Engineering
majorComputer Engineering Technology/Technician
majorElectrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician
collegeUniversity of Southern California