Electronics TechnicianJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends

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.

Sample job description #1

This position will be responsible for

  • Ability to use, setup, configure, and calibrate test equipment such as soldering, oscilloscopes, and other related equipment
  • Ability to troubleshoot and repair products to the component level
  • Understand schematics
  • Work with Quality Control to ensure products are properly setup and calibrated
  • Work with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s) to obtain New Product Information (NPI) and trouble shoot design or testing issues
  • Understanding the use of a Warehouse Management System (WMS)
  • Ability to train and implement processes to assign department
  • Perform work safely and in accordance with company and customer standards and safety regulation

Education and experience

  • High school diploma or GED and 0-2 years of relevant experience
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Outlook and Excel
  • Prior experience in WMS preferred
  • Familiar with PC hardware configuration including Windows OS, LAN, etc.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Customer service driven
  • Strong team player

Physical and cognitive requirements

  • Ability to follow policies and procedures
  • Ability to read, write, and interpret information
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide
  • Ability to use hands to finger, handle, or feel
  • Ability to sit/walk/stand for up to 8 hours per day
  • Must possess visual acuity, i.e., close, distance, and color vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus

Sample job description #2

The Electronics Maintenance Technician will be responsible for the following but not limited to

  • Carry out TCC Technician duties by performing all contract specified organizational and depot level Operations, Maintenance, and Sustainment activities
  • Perform additional duties as assigned (Technical Orders, Safety, HAZMAT, TMDE, tools, vehicle monitor duties, Logistics, and Supply)
  • You will receive initial instruction, or advice from supervisor to perform operations and organizational level maintenance responsibilities for mission equipment identified in the CAMMO contract for SSFB
  • Assist with Depot Level Maintenance responsibilities for mission equipment identified in the CAMMO contract for SSFB
  • Perform recurring Preventive Maintenance Inspections (PMIs) and Service on mission equipment identified in the CAMMO contract independently
  • Perform user account management and system maintenance to include network back-ups, file restores, PMIs, and testing on mission equipment identified in the CAMMO contract
  • Support mission system maintenance to include system restoral, archiving data, and password administration
  • Comply with SSFB security directives and cipher lock/combo lock requirements, all safety requirement, and all HAZMAT and MSDS requirements and use and maintain PPE
  • Utilize standardized procedures, and applicable examples, perform Sys Admin tasks, unscheduled maintenance, troubleshooting and analysis for supported mission equipment
  • Assist with performing organizational level software and firmware maintenance
  • Assist with installation, checkout, and de-install of changes/updates to supported mission systems, with an understanding of previous operational failures and modifications
  • Extract and compile engineering data from manuals or test results to identify errors or inconsistencies
  • Provide support for Emergency/Urgent Depot Level Maintenance as required
  • Assist with maintaining and documenting training records and updates to the Master Task Listing (MTL)

Required qualification

  • Must have a High School Diploma/GED and zero (0) – one (1) year equivalent experience
  • Possess zero (0) – two (2) years of system administration experience
  • Must have a current DoD Secret security clearance
  • Current Security+ Certification or must be willing and able to obtain a Security+ certification, within three (3) months from your start date
    • You will complete all Sec+ Continuing Education units within the three (3) year requirement to maintain a current certification
  • Are capable of lifting 35lbs unassisted
  • Must be able to work in a team environment

Desired qualifications

  • Must have a High School Diploma/GED and two (2) – three (3) years equivalent experience
  • Current Security+ Certification
  • Experience working with Mission Communication Segment equipment
  • Experience using Troubleshooting work-cards
  • Experience Supervising communications-electronics technicians
  • Computer and Network Component knowledge
  • Experience with communications-electronics equipment maintenance and operations
  • Experience with Air Force communication networks and mission control centers, especially at Schriever AFB is highly desirable
  • Experience performing customer service for the Department of Defense
  • Good written and verbal communication skills

Sample job description #3

Key responsibilities

  • Troubleshoots and repairs electronic equipment to component level in accordance with FAA regulations and company IPM (Inspections Procedures Manual)
  • Follows specific layout and schematic diagrams to repair and maintain simple or advanced devices or subunits of equipment and schematic diagrams such as power supplies, oscillators, amplifiers, etc.
  • Modifies equipment according to service bulletin and/or manufacturer documentation
  • Completes repairs in accordance with company ISO procedures and within company objectives
  • Works independently or in collaboration with experienced electronics technicians
  • Carries out prescribed procedures according to an established schedule
  • Receives training in the use of more specialized test instruments and learn advanced troubleshooting procedures
  • Review work orders to ensure customer requested activities have been complied with, prior to release of the repair
  • May work on alternative assignments with detailed written or oral instructions
  • Completes quality and production paper work, prepares estimates, and maintains maintenance documentation in accordance with current quality assurance requirements
  • Communicates with cross-functional departments as required to support repair process
  • Participates in Technician cross training programs and may be assigned to other teams for short or long term assignments

Required skills and experience

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Minimum of four (4) years related experience in servicing Aircraft electronics to a component level preferred in the commercial airline and/or aviation product support field or a two (2) year college level degree in an electronics related field
  • Must have understanding of Federal Aviation Regulations and other governing regulatory requirements
  • Able to meticulously document incoming product condition and maintenance activities
  • Ability to pass a seven (7) year background check and pre-employment drug test
  • Legally eligible to work in the country in which the position is located
  • Familiarity with both analog and digital electronics, hardware and software
  • Must have experience using a PC (personal computer)
  • Ability to read and understand engineering drawings and wiring diagrams
  • Ability to read technical literature, follow oral instructions and communicate with cross functional team members
  • Required to have an intermediate understanding of electronic theories and techniques and familiarity with standard electronic components
  • Ability to use basic and advanced test instruments and perform adjustments as necessary such as Manual and Automatic Test Benches, PC, oscilloscope, and multimeters

Preferred qualifications

  • Prior military or commercial avionics level 3 component repair experience preferred
  • FAA Repair Certificate a plus
  • Understanding of Federal Aviation Regulations and other governing regulatory requirements
  • Able to meticulously document incoming product condition and maintenance activities
  • Willing to think out-of-the-box to solve operational and technical problems

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for an electronics technician is $59,000 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$58,650$79,350
Los Angeles, California$66,150$89,550
Denver, Colorado$55,150$74,650
Washington, DC$67,200$90,900
Miami, Florida$54,900$74,250
Orlando, Florida$50,650$68,500
Tampa, Florida$51,150$69,200
Atlanta, Georgia$53,650$72,600
Chicago, Illinois$61,650$83,450
Boston, Massachusetts$66,700$90,250
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$53,150$71,900
New York City, New York$70,200$94,950
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$57,150$77,350
Dallas, Texas$55,650$75,300
Houston, Texas$55,400$74,950
Seattle, Washington$64,150$86,850
National Average$50,150$67,850

Sample interview questions

  • What skills have you acquired as an electronics technician?
  • What relevant certifications do you have which will improve your skills?
  • What is an ohmmeter?
  • Can you show me how you would go about measuring the voltage in this device? 
  • What are some common electronic devices and their functions?
  • Are you able to provide competent troubleshooting to clients who may not understand electronic systems?
  • Do you have previous experience running copper and fiber lines?
  • What do you do if a coworker experiences an electrical shock from a shorted or faulty wire?
  • Are you familiar with OSHA?
  • What was a typical day like in your previous role?
  • Why do you want to work as an electronics tech here at our company?

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