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What does a Electronic Engineering Technician do?

Electronic engineering technicians design, manufacture, repair and maintain components, which rely on low-power electricity, spanning analogue, digital and microelectronics. They work in a wide variety of fields including:

  • telecommunications – mobile phones, radio and TV
  • datacommunications – PCs, laptops, peripherals, PDAs, ATM machines and EPOS terminals
  • domestic appliance repair – cookers, refrigerators, washers
  • medical scientific instruments – clinical and laboratory apparatus
  • security – CCTV and surveillance equipment
  • programmable control systems – industrial machinery
  • automated systems – robotics and artificial intelligence.

An electronic engineering technician works as part of a team with engineers, as well as craftsmen/women of different engineering disciplines.

The work can cover:

Design - using computer-aided design (CAD) systems to prepare printed circuit boards and electrical wiring diagrams which are used by assembly workers.
Research and development - designing and building test equipment and prototypes; software development; monitoring and recording results for analysis by senior engineers; calibration and adjustment of electronic and electrical equipment.
Production - planning, design and implementation of new electronic control systems for production processes; computer-aided manufacture (CAM); installation, inspection and testing of cables and components; quality control.
Maintenance - setting up servicing schedules for industrial and commercial equipment; diagnosing and rectifying faults.

For details about servicing domestic appliances, see Domestic Appliance Service Engineer.

What's the working environment like working as a Electronic Engineering Technician?

Technicians normally work a 40-hour week, but shiftwork, on-call duties and overtime may be required, depending on the role and project deadlines.

Working environments include factories, workshops, offices and research facilities.

What does it take to become a Electronic Engineering Technician?

To be an electronic engineering technician, you need:

  • an aptitude for maths, science and technology
  • good practical skills
  • good communication skills
  • good computer skills
  • to be able to understand engineering drawings and principles
  • to keep up-to-date with new developments
  • be able to work methodically and precisely
  • excellent analytical skills
  • to be a good team worker, with a degree of initiative
  • normal colour vision
  • an awareness of electrical health and safety issues.

Electronic Engineering Technician Career Opportunities

Prospects are extremely good for qualified electronics technicians, as industry faces a shortfall in skilled technical engineers. Opportunities for multi-skilled technicians are excellent with the convergence of data and telecommunications technologies. Opportunities exist across a wide range of industries including telecommunications, datacommunications, aerospace, marine, chemical, civil, energy and medical.

Employers include local and central government departments, the armed services, manufacturers in all industries, research and development companies, IT companies, and public utilities such as water, gas and electricity.

There are also opportunities with manufacturers in materials development and design, marketing, selling and customer support.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Electronic Engineering Technician that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

SEMTA (Science Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance)
14 Upton Road
WD18 0JT
Tel: 0808 100 3682

The Engineering Careers Information Service (ECIS)

Women into Science and Engineering
22 Old Queen Street
Tel: 020 7227 8421

Engineering Training Council (Northern Ireland)
20-24 York Street
BT15 1AQ
Tel: 028 9032 9878

Engineering Council
10 Maltravers Street
Tel: 020 7240 7891

The Institution of Engineering and Technology
Savoy Place
Tel: 020 7240 1871

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