Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technician
Electrical and electronics engineering technicians help engineers design and develop computers, communications equipment, medical monitoring devices, navigational equipment, and other electrical and electronic equipment. They often work in product evaluation and testing, using measuring and diagnostic devices to adjust, test, and repair equipment.
Average Hourly Earnings
- Put together electrical and electronic systems and prototypes
- Build, calibrate, and repair electrical instruments or testing equipment
- Visit construction sites to observe conditions affecting design
- Identify solutions to technical design problems that arise during construction of electrical systems
- Inspect designs for quality control, report findings, and make recommendations
- Draw diagrams and write specifications to clarify design details of experimental electronics units
- Set up or operate equipment to test electronic and electrical components, analyzing results to evaluate performance and determine need for adjustment
- Maintain system logs or manuals to document testing or operation of equipment
Teamwork is an important part of the job. They work in offices, laboratories, and factories because their work involves both engineering theory and assembly-line production. These technicians may be exposed to hazards from equipment or toxic materials, but incidents are rare if proper procedures are followed. Work schedules vary by industry. Federal government schedules tend to follow a standard work week while in manufacturing industries and laboratories, technicians may periodically work overtime.
Investigative. Frequently requires working with ideas and involves an extensive amount of thinking. May involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.