Electronics Engineering Technicians
SOC: 17-3023.01


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.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
139,400 employed

Projected (2024):
136,600 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Automation Technician
  • Calibration and Instrumentation Technician
  • Calibration Laboratory Technician
  • Calibration Technician
  • Certified Control Systems Technician
  • CNC Programmer (Computer Numerical Control Programmer)
  • Computer Engineering Technician
  • Controls Technician
  • Developmental Electronics Assembler
  • Digital Tech (Digital Technician)
  • Drafting Technician
  • Electrical Equipment Technician
  • Electrical Instrument Repairer
  • Electrical Mechanical Fabrication Technician
  • Electrical Mechanical Technician
  • Electrical Technician
  • Electronic Development Technician
  • Electronic Specialist
  • Electronic Systems Technician (EST)
  • Electronics Engineering Technician
  • Electronics Technician
  • Engineering Technician (Engineering Tech)
  • Failure Analysis Technician (FA Technician)
  • Instrument Mechanic
  • Instrument Repairer
  • Instrument Technician
  • Instrument Technician Apprentice
  • Instrument/Control Technician
  • Instrumentation Technician
  • Instrumentation/Controls/Electrical Systems Technician (ICE Technician)
  • Laser Technician
  • Laser/Electro-Optics Technician (LEOT)
  • Refurbish Technician (Refurb Tech)
  • Research Instrumentation Technician
  • Semiconductor Development Technician
  • Senior Electronics Technician
  • Technician
  • Test Technician
  • Tube Rebuilder
  • Weapons System Instrument Mechanic

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • 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.
  • Read blueprints, wiring diagrams, schematic drawings, or engineering instructions for assembling electronics units, applying knowledge of electronic theory and components.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Procure parts and maintain inventory and related documentation.
  • Maintain working knowledge of state-of-the-art tools or software by reading or attending conferences, workshops, or other training.
  • Provide user applications or engineering support or recommendations for new or existing equipment with regard to installation, upgrades, or enhancements.
  • Write reports or record data on testing techniques, laboratory equipment, or specifications to assist engineers.
  • Provide customer support and education, working with users to identify needs, determine sources of problems, or to provide information on product use.
  • Design basic circuitry and draft sketches for clarification of details and design documentation under engineers' direction, using drafting instruments or computer-aided design (CAD) equipment.
  • Build prototypes from rough sketches or plans.
  • Develop or upgrade preventative maintenance procedures for components, equipment, parts, or systems.
  • Fabricate parts, such as coils, terminal boards, or chassis, using bench lathes, drills, or other machine tools.
  • Research equipment or component needs, sources, competitive prices, delivery times, or ongoing operational costs.
  • Write computer or microprocessor software programs.
  • Survey satellite receival sites for proper signal level or provide technical assistance in dish location or installation, transporting dishes as necessary.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Ammeters
  • Anti-static heel grounders
  • Bench lathes
  • Binocular light compound microscopes
  • Brushless direct current DC motors
  • Computerized numerical control CNC machining centers
  • Current probes
  • Dataloggers
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital cameras
  • Digital plotters
  • Digital voltmeters DVM
  • Dual power supplies
  • Dynamometers
  • Frequency counters
  • Function generators
  • Impedance meters
  • Laser printers
  • Logic analyzers
  • Magnetic pickup tools
  • Microprocessors
  • Multimeters
  • Nanosecond universal counters
  • Notebook computers
  • Ohmmeters
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Personal computers
  • Phase shift indicators
  • Phase shifters
  • Potentiometers
  • Power drills
  • Power meters
  • Power screwdrivers
  • Programmable logic controllers PLC
  • Q meters
  • Screwdrivers
  • Signal measuring equipment
  • Soldering equipment
  • Soldering stations
  • Spectrum analyzers
  • Stroboscopes
  • Tachometers
  • Transformers
  • Voltage probes
  • Voltage testers
  • Wattmeters
  • Welding goggles
  • Welding hoods
  • Wire crimpers
  • Wire cutters
  • Wire strippers
  • Wire wrap guns
  • Wrist anti-static straps
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • C
  • C++
  • Cadence PSpice
  • Cadence software
  • Computer aided software engineering CASE tools
  • Database software
  • Emulators
  • Graphics software
  • Human machine interface HMI software
  • Linux
  • Mentor Graphics ModelSim
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Microsoft Word
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
  • National Instruments Multisim
  • Root cause analysis software
  • SAP software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • Verilog

  • architecture and engineering

    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980