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Electronics Engineering Technician  What They Do

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Lays out, builds, tests, troubleshoots, repairs, and modifies developmental and production electronic components, parts, equipment and systems. Applies principles and theories of electronics, electrical circuitry, engineering mathematics, electronic and electrical testing, and physics. Works on items such as computer equipment, missile control instrumentation, electron tubes, test equipment, and machine tool numerical controls. Usually works under the direction of engineering staff.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Production/Process Technology pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Reads blueprints, wiring diagrams, schematic drawings, or engineering instructions for assembling electronics units, applying knowledge of electronic theory and components.
  • Identifies and resolves equipment malfunctions, working with manufacturers or field representatives as necessary to procure replacement parts.
  • Tests electronics units, using standard test equipment, and analyzes results to evaluate performance and determine need for adjustment.
  • Adjusts or replaces defective or improperly functioning circuitry or electronics components, using hand tools or soldering iron.
  • Assembles, tests, or maintains circuitry or electronic components, according to engineering instructions, technical manuals, or knowledge of electronics, using hand or power tools.
  • Performs preventative maintenance or calibration of equipment or systems.
  • Maintains system logs or manuals to document testing or operation of equipment.
  • Provides customer support and education, working with users to identify needs, determine sources of problems, or to provide information on product use.
  • Procures parts and maintains inventory and related documentation.
  • Writes reports or records data on testing techniques, laboratory equipment, or specifications to assist engineers.

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting 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 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

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