Electronics Technician

The term “electronics technician” is a general title that describes individuals knowledgeable with installing and repairing electronic equipment or replacing new control devices in older equipment. According to the website www.careeroverview.com many businesses rely heavily on complicated electronic sensors to automate and regulate their operations. Power companies use electronic equipment to manage generating plants and monitor substations. The federal government uses such equipment for radar and missile control systems in its national defense program. Most equipment has both electrical and electronic parts with the electrical parts providing the power source but the electronic parts actually controlling it. Therefore technicians who are knowledgeable about both have an advantage. In general there are two types of electronics technicians. Field technicians install and repair machines that are located in various factories and usually they are responsible for regular preventive maintenance. In contrast bench technicians do their work in repair shops that are actually located in the factory or in a service center. According to the website www.ehow.com most electronics technician jobs call for a two-year associate’s degree with some background in science mathematics and engineering or a diploma from a technical or vocational school. Some individuals get electronics training and experience in the military and may not have an official diploma. Because so much equipment has both electrical and electronic parts a technician that is knowledgeable about both will has the best job prospects. Some electronics technicians specialize and become troubleshooters for certain types of equipment. The wages electronics technicians earn depends on their experience and the breadth of their knowledge. The median wage for those familiar with both electrical and electronic aspects of equipment is approximately $26 per hour or $55000 annually.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $55000
High Salary: $60000
Low Salary: $50000
Tasks: Builds and repairs electronics.
Analyzes test results.
Maintains and calibrates electrical systems.
Adjusts circuitry.
Also Called: Electronics Repair Person
Equipment Technician
Engineering Technician
Test Technician
Additional Resources: http://www.careeroverview.com/electronics-technician-careers.html
http://online.onetcenter.org/link/summary/17-3023.01
http://www.ehow.com/about_5332619_electronics-technician-job-description.html