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Electronics Technician

Overview: Electronic technicians apply the principles of electronics, electrical circuits, engineering mathematics and physics to build, test and trouble shoot equipment such as computers, guided missile controls, computer controlled machines & stereo systems. They work in labs & plants.
Duties: They assist electronics engineers with research on new design concepts for electronic appliances, systems and components.

Follow electronic engineering specifications to prepare electronic logic, schematics and diagrams for newly proposed products.

Prepare maintenance and trouble shooting information to be used by field engineers who must diagnose and repair equipment problems and failures.

Test prototype versions of new products to determine what improvements are needed to make new products operate efficiently and trouble free.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Computer Engineering Technology 
A.A.S. Electronic Engineering Technology 
A.A.S. Telecommunications Technology 
Job Outlook: Employment of electronics technicians is expected to experience little or no change through 2018 due to foreign competition in product development and offshoring of engineering services. Best opportunities will be in firms that provide engineering and design services.
Salary Range (National Average): $30,000 to $34,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: A 2-year college associate degree or a technical institute certificate is the usual requirement. A knowledge of computer-aided design is essential. Graduates of programs approved by the Accreditation Board of Engineering & Technology are given preference for job openings.
Advancement Info: Electronic Technicians usually begin by doing routine duties. They work under the close supervision of experienced technicians or engineers. As they gain experience, technicians are given more difficult assignments and have less supervision. Electronic technicians with leadership skills may advance to supervisor positions. Keeping their skills current through continuing education classes helps technicians to advance.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Analyzing requirements for a new product or service and creating a design to satisfy those needs.
  • Identifying the most appropriate equipment and tools needed to get a job done.
  • Performing routine maintenance and/or repairs on equipment using the appropriate tools.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Watching gauges and any other types of indicators to make sure equipment is running properly.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Analyzing the symptoms of a problem and deciding what actions should be taken to resolve the problem.
Recommended Values:
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services Advisor to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.