Electronics Technician

Job Description

Electronics Technicians oversee various types of electronic equipment. They service and install electronic equipment for companies in a variety of industries, including electronics manufacturing, telecommunications, computer firms, government agencies, and electrical engineering firms. In addition to servicing and installing equipment, Electronics Technicians run tests on equipment to locate issues. They also order parts if needed, and install replacement parts, including reassembling circuit boards or motor components.

Electronics Technician candidates should be computer-minded and enjoy working with their hands. They should also have experience using electronic testing equipment and reading wiring diagrams and schematics. It’s also essential for an Electronics Technician to be a critical thinker, analytical problem solver, and an organized person to maintain equipment and service records.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  • Test and implement electrical systems and products based on specifications
  • Monitor maintenance and inspection plans
  • Repair and maintain electronic systems as needed
  • Perform system testing to evaluate performance and functionality
  • Maintain inventory control of electronic components and tools
  • Recommend upgrades and modifications to improve system performance

Education and Background

This position requires a high school diploma or its equivalent. Some employers prefer candidates with an associate or bachelor’s degree in electronics technology or a related field.

Skills and Competencies

  • Analytical, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills
  • Teamwork and interpersonal communication skills
  • Mechanical aptitude and ability to understand wiring diagrams and schematics
  • Strong hand-eye coordination and proficiency in using tools like soldering equipment
  • High-level organization skills

Compensation

According to Payscale the median annual salary of an Electronics Technician with

1 Year of Experience:

  • Orlando, Florida: $33,000
  • Tampa, Florida: $34,000
  • Jacksonville, Florida: $33,000
  • Miami, Florida: $38,000
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $39,000
  • Chicago, Illinois: $48,000
  • Houston, Texas: $48,000
  • Los Angeles, California: $50,000
  • New York City, New York: $47,000
  • Seattle, Washington: $43,000
  • Overall: $41,000

5 Years of Experience:

  • Orlando, Florida: $45,000
  • Tampa, Florida: $46,000
  • Jacksonville, Florida: $44,000
  • Miami, Florida: $47,000
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $49,000
  • Chicago, Illinois: $53,000
  • Houston, Texas: $52,000
  • Los Angeles, California: $60,000
  • New York City, New York: $58,000
  • Seattle, Washington: $56,000
  • Overall: $50,000

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Career Path

This position requires a high school diploma or its equivalent. Some employers prefer candidates with an associate or bachelor’s degree in electronics technology or a related field for more technical positions or career advancement. Several companies also require Electronics Technicians to obtain an Associate Certified Electronics Technician (CETA) certification, such as the one offered by the trade organization ETA International.

Position Trends

According to the international engineering firm Skelia, one major trend that is changing the electronics field is the growing popularity of wearable wireless technology. Many Electronics Technicians are not only developing various wireless devices such as health and fitness monitors, they are also using them to do their jobs. There are now watches that tell the wearer when they are too close to high-voltage electricity and boots equipped with sensors to detect overheating and other job site dangers.

Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians field should see little or no change between 2018 and 2028. That’s due to a general decline in manufacturing in the U.S.

Typical Hours

The work hours for an Electronics Technician are usually from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. However, many Electronics Technicians work non-traditional shifts depending on the needs of their company.

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