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Engineering Technician - Electronics

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At a Glance... header image

Electronics engineering technicians support engineers in the research, design, development and maintenance of a range of electronic products.


The Work header image

Electrical Engineering deals with the creation and distribution of electrical power. Electronic Engineering deals with the processing, transfer and storage of information by electrical means. As a consequence, the size of the equipment and the nature of the craft differ. They work in fields such as telecommunications, data communications, domestic appliance repair, medical science instruments and automated systems.  
 
Electronics engineering technicians help engineers to provide a very wide range of sophisticated products to our homes and offices. These include: personal computers, multimedia entertainment devices, control systems for heating, cooking and washing, games machines, multimedia information systems.  
 
Technicians support the work of engineers in a wide range of areas, including research and development, design and technical drawing (draught work), maintenance and quality control/assurance.  
 
In a manufacturing industry, electronic engineering technicians may work on a range of products from telephones, radios and televisions to aircraft and satellites. Technicians research new products or work on ways to improve existing ones. For example, they may test the electronic performance and reliability of televisions before they go into full production. They may test printed circuit boards (PCBs) to make sure they respond correctly to the user's instructions, checking that all connections and joints are made properly and that there are no short circuits.  
 
Electronic engineering technicians also help to develop and maintain the equipment used to control and manage processes, systems and machinery in many different areas. Areas such as Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic equipment, Avionics, Commercial Telecomm and Automated Production systems have increased dramatically in recent years.  
 
In manufacturing, technicians could maintain and repair the assembly lines that carry equipment through the production cycle. Mechanical checks could include making sure that compressors are running properly and motors are lubricated. If there is a fault, some engineering technicians can plug laptop computers into Programme Logic Controllers, which control produc

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Read blueprints, wiring diagrams, schematic drawings, or engineering instructions for assembling electronics units, applying knowledge of electronic theory and components.

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Identify and resolve equipment malfunctions, working with manufacturers or field representatives as necessary to procure replacement parts.

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Test electronics units, using standard test equipment, and analyze results to evaluate performance and determine need for adjustment.

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Adjust or replace defective or improperly functioning circuitry or electronics components, using hand tools or soldering iron.

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Assemble, test, or maintain circuitry or electronic components, according to engineering instructions, technical manuals, or knowledge of electronics, using hand or power tools.

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Perform preventative maintenance or calibration of equipment or systems.

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Maintain system logs or manuals to document testing or operation of equipment.

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Provide customer support and education, working with users to identify needs, determine sources of problems, or to provide information on product use.

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Write reports or record data on testing techniques, laboratory equipment, or specifications to assist engineers.

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Procure parts and maintain inventory and related documentation.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment:  Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.

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Controlling Machines and Processes:  Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material:  Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Engineering and Technology:  Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

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Computers and Electronics:  Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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Design:  Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Mechanical:  Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Troubleshooting:   Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Repairing:   Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Mathematics:   Using mathematics to solve problems.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

To be an electronics engineering technician, you must have strong technical skills. You must have a logical, accurate and methodical approach to your work, with the ability to stay calm under pressure. You must have an aptitude for maths and practical skills. You should also have adequate computer skills.  
 
Technicians also need strong communication skills, to work with other technicians and engineers. Technicians need the ability to read and interpret technical drawings and plans, and to explain them to others. You should be able to work as part of a team. You should also have normal colour vision.


Entry Routesheader image

The Institutes of Technology offer Higher Certificate and Degree programmes in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Courses are also available at PLC level from many colleges of Further Education and private colleges.

To apply for the Engineering Technician title, you will need an accredited Level 6 qualification and three years post graduate experience. 

A list of Engineering Technician accredited programmes is available here from Engineers Ireland

Last Updated: October, 2014


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Organisation: Engineers Ireland
  Address: 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge Dublin 4
  Tel: (01) 665 1300
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