Another electronic career for someone interested in electronics is that of an Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technician. This position is one that supports the Electrical Engineer. The median salary is about $58K per year.
What Kind of Work is Performed by this Position?
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Techs assist the engineers withy the design and development of computers, equipment used in communications, devices used for medical monitoring, and many other types of electronic and electrical equipment. They will be involved in testing and evaluation, measuring and diagnostic practices used to repair electrical equipment. They can be involved in drawing diagrams and writing specs to explain details of units used for experimentation.
What Are the Educational Requirements for this Career?
These folks usually need an associate’s degree, which most times begin as electrical courses in technical, or vocational schools or community college. The areas studied in these programs include physics, algebra, trigonometry, as well as your basic science courses. Skills required for this position are math and mechanical skills, problem-solving skills, logical thinking skills, and writing skills (needed for writing reports about results of testing, onsite construction, and issues that they find during their testing and evaluation to be submitted to the engineers for whom they work). They are also required to obtain certifications and licenses, depending on which industry they are associated with.
What Is the Outlook for this Position?
The prospected growth in this career field is for little to no change in the next 8 years. Some of this slow growth is because much of the traditional manufacturing industry seems to be declining or not expanding at a more rapid pace. However, these jobs may soon get farmed out to independent firms to cut down on manufacturing costs. So the demand would be for independent engineering firms and not the original facilities. This means that the workload would just be moving to offsite firms, not being eliminated completely.
Techs also work with computer hardware engineers, who are more and more in the picture in the manufacturing industry as people are being replaced with computerized technology. This field will always be seeking qualified employees with electrical and electronic knowledge and skills. Demand is expected to be high for these techs; for instance in the cell phone industry, General Positioning Systems (GPS) in the automobile industry, and the many other portable and household systems that involve electronics. So, it is important to look into all of these things as you contemplate schooling to become integrated into the field of electronics.
Elaine M. Long
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians, on the Internet at ttp://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/electrical-and-electronics-engineering-technicians.htm (visited February 19, 2014).