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Electronics technicians work with engineers to develop and repair electronic systems that contribute to the manufacturing process.

Are you the go-to person when someone's television breaks? Do you love to tinker with wires and circuits? A job as an electronics technician gives you the opportunity to apply your love of electronics to a real-world career in advanced manufacturing.

An electronics technician doesn't perform the same job everyday. Instead, you'll show up to a different task with every new work day. Your job will be to diagnose, troubleshoot, and repair electronic equipment used in manufacturing processes. The electronic equipment is very diverse, which means that your days will be varied and exciting. Your problem solving skills will be put to work as you study diagrams, read gauges, and take measurements in order to repair malfunctioning machines. You'll use your own set of tools to fix the machines, running tests to make sure that they're back up in working order when you've finished.

You'll work under a maintenance supervisor, and depending on the size of the company, you might be working on a team of other electronics technicians. It's important to be able to communicate with others, especially through written language, as you'll be filing reports detailing the problems you fixed.

Electronics technicians are expected to use the principles of electronic technology daily so it's important to have a good knowledge base. An Associate's degree is the best way to learn the principles, but there are also apprenticeship and training programs.

Also Known As:

Electronics Engineering Technician, Computer Engineering Technician, Field Engineer, Failure Analysis Technician

Electronics Tech

Critical Skills

Required

  • Analyze Numerical and Visual Test Results
  • Comprehend and Follow Visual, Written, and Oral Instructions
  • Design Processes
  • Electronic Systems
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Mechanical Tools and Equipment
  • Physical Dexterity
  • Quality Assurance
  • Safety
  • Safety Regulations and Procedures

Preferred

  • Active Listening
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Communication - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking/Oral
  • Complex Problem Solving Skills
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Problem Solving
  • Technology Design

Key Responsibilities

  • Read instructional documents for assembling electronics units
  • Resolve equipment malfunctions
  • Identify parts and components necessary for repair
  • Test electronics units and analyze results
  • Adjust or replace defective circuitry or electronics components
  • Assemble, test, or maintain circuitry or electronic components
  • Perform preventative maintenance or calibration of equipment or systems
  • Maintain system logs or manuals to document operation
  • Provide customer support and education

Interests

  • Aerospace/Military
  • Computer Parts
  • Handyman/Fixing Things
  • Robotics

How to get this job

Get a vocational or technical degree plus on the job training.

Next Steps for this job

Get a technical degree in electronics, robotics or other engineering degree area.



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