Electronics Engineering Technologists
SOC: 17-3029.04


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

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
70,100 employed

Projected (2024):
69,900 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:

  • Analog Circuit Designer
  • Analog Device Designer
  • Applied Technologist
  • Building Components Designer
  • Circuit Designer
  • Computer Engineering Technologist
  • Digital Circuit Designer
  • Electronic Parts Designer
  • Electronic Technologist
  • Electronics Department Manager
  • Electronics Engineering Technologist
  • Electronics Technician
  • Electronics Technology Department Chair
  • Electronics Technology Instructor
  • Instrumentation Instructor
  • Instrumentation Technologist
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Parts Designer
  • Plastic Parts Designer
  • Product/Device Technologist
  • Professor
  • Signal Circuit Designer

  • 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
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Provide support to technical sales staff regarding product characteristics.
  • Educate equipment operators on the proper use of equipment.
  • Modify, maintain, and repair electronics equipment and systems to ensure that they function properly.
  • Assist scientists and engineers in conducting applied research in electronics engineering.
  • Assemble circuitry for electronic systems according to engineering instructions, production specifications, or technical manuals.
  • Specify, coordinate, or conduct quality control or quality assurance programs or procedures.
  • Prepare or maintain design, testing, or operational records and documentation.
  • Write software programs for microcontrollers or computers in machine, assembly, or other languages.
  • Troubleshoot microprocessors or electronic instruments, equipment, or systems, using electronic test equipment such as logic analyzers.
  • Set up and operate specialized or standard test equipment to diagnose, test, or analyze the performance of electronic components, assemblies, or systems.
  • Select electronics equipment, components, or systems to meet functional specifications.
  • Replace defective components or parts, using hand tools and precision instruments.
  • Produce electronics drawings or other graphics representing industrial control, instrumentation, sensors, or analog or digital telecommunications networks, using computer-aided design (CAD) software.
  • Inspect newly installed equipment to adjust or correct operating problems.
  • Integrate software or hardware components, using computer, microprocessor, or control architecture.
  • Supervise the building or testing of prototypes of electronics circuits, equipment, or systems.
  • Evaluate machine or process control requirements to develop device or controller specifications suited to operating environments.
  • Conduct or supervise the installation and operation of electronic equipment and systems.
  • Analyze and implement engineering designs for producing electronic devices and systems and microprocessor-based control applications, applying principles of mathematics, digital signal processing, network analysis, and computer engineering.
  • Assemble or analyze electronics technologies to be used in electric-drive vehicles.
  • Evaluate operational aspects of green consumer electronics applications, such as fuel cells for consumer electronic devices, power saving devices for computers or televisions, or energy efficient power chargers.
  • Participate in the development or testing of new green electronics technologies, such as lighting, optical data storage devices, or energy efficient televisions.
  • Test solar photovoltaic products, such as inverters or energy management systems.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Analog multimeters
  • Digital logic analyzers
  • Digital multimeters
  • Function generators
  • Multimeters
  • Optical time domain reflectometers OTDR
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Personal computers
  • Programmable logic controllers PLC
  • Signal generators
  • Spectrum analyzers
  • Agilent Advanced Design System ADS software
  • Altera Quartus II
  • Altium Designer
  • Cadence PSpice
  • Circuit simulation software
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Data acquisition software
  • Eclipse software
  • EMA TimingDesigner
  • GE Fanuc Automation VersaPro
  • gEDA
  • GNU Octave
  • Gnuplot
  • IBM Cognos Impromptu
  • IBM WebSphere
  • JavaScript
  • Kicad
  • Linux
  • Logisim
  • Mentor Graphics PADS
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Word
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
  • ngspice
  • Oracle Hyperion software
  • Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne
  • Oracle software
  • Rockwell RSLogix
  • SAP software
  • Spectrum Software Micro-Cap
  • SPLAT!
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Static Free Software Electric VLSI Design System
  • Terminal emulation software
  • Texas Instruments Code Composer Studio CCStudio
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • UNIX
  • Xcircuit

  • architecture and engineering

    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980