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Electronics Engineering Technologist  What They Do

Just the Facts


Assists electronics engineers in such activities as electronics systems and instrumentation design or digital signal processing.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Manufacturing Production pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Sets up and operates specialized or standard test equipment to diagnose, test, or analyze the performance of electronic components, assemblies, or systems.
  • Modifies, maintains, and repairs electronics equipment and systems to ensure that they function properly.
  • Troubleshoots microprocessors or electronic instruments, equipment, or systems, using electronic test equipment such as logic analyzers.
  • Replaces defective components or parts, using hand tools and precision instruments.
  • Inspects newly installed equipment to adjust or correct operating problems.
  • Prepares or maintains design, testing, or operational records and documentation.
  • Conducts or supervises the installation and operation of electronic equipment and systems.
  • Assembles circuitry for electronic systems according to engineering instructions, production specifications, or technical manuals.
  • Selects electronics equipment, components, or systems to meet functional specifications.
  • Supervises the building or testing of prototypes of electronics circuits, equipment, or systems.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Electronics Department Manager --
  • Electronics Technology Department Chair --
  • Electronics Technology Instructor --
  • Professor --