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Electronics Engineering Technicians

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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.

    Work Activities
    • 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.
    • Test electronics units, using standard test equipment, and analyze results to evaluate performance and determine need for adjustment.
    • Adjust or replace defective or improperly functioning circuitry or electronics components, using hand tools or soldering iron.
    • Assemble, test, or maintain circuitry or electronic components, according to engineering instructions, technical manuals, or knowledge of electronics, using hand or power tools.
    • Perform preventative maintenance or calibration of equipment or systems.
    • Maintain system logs or manuals to document testing or operation of equipment.
    • Provide customer support and education, working with users to identify needs, determine sources of problems, or to provide information on product use.
    • Procure parts and maintain inventory and related documentation.
    • Write reports or record data on testing techniques, laboratory equipment, or specifications to assist engineers.
    • 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.
    • Research equipment or component needs, sources, competitive prices, delivery times, or ongoing operational costs.
    • Provide user applications or engineering support or recommendations for new or existing equipment with regard to installation, upgrades, or enhancements.
    • Maintain working knowledge of state-of-the-art tools or software by reading or attending conferences, workshops, or other training.
    • Build prototypes from rough sketches or plans.
    • Fabricate parts, such as coils, terminal boards, or chassis, using bench lathes, drills, or other machine tools.
    • Develop or upgrade preventative maintenance procedures for components, equipment, parts, or systems.
    • Write computer or microprocessor software programs.
    Skills
    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Complex Problem Solving

      Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    6
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5
    Abilities
    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    Knowledge
    • Engineering and Technology

      Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    • Design

      Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $61,540/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $29.59/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 2,450
    • Yearly Projected Openings 200
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Dependability
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Cooperation
    • Achievement/Effort
    Tools
    • Voltage or current meters
    • Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe
    • Multimeters
    • Milling machines
    • Electronic measuring probes
    Technology
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Development environment software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Analytical or scientific software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.