Electronics engineering technician Electronics maintenance technician
Electronics engineering technicians design, build and maintain electronic systems and components.
1. Entry requirements
Experience in electrical work could help you get a job. You could take a college course in electronics or electrical engineering to help you to find a trainee position.
You'll need colour-normal vision.You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
2. Skills required
- maths and science skills
- the ability to read engineering diagrams
- IT and computer-aided design (CAD) skills
- practical skills
3. What you'll do
You'll design, build, test and repair the electronic parts found in:
- mobile phones, radio and TV (telecommunications)
- clinical and laboratory apparatus (medical scientific instruments)
- programmable control systems (in manufacturing and industrial machinery)
- computers, tablets and cash points (data communications)
- a wide range of control systems (anything from satellites to cars)
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- designing printed circuit boards and wiring diagrams using CAD software
- researching and developing new products
- testing prototypes and analysing results
- building and installing electronic control systems used in computer-aided manufacturing (CAM)
- quality control (inspecting and calibrating instruments)
- setting up maintenance schedules for industrial and commercial equipment
- finding and fixing equipment faults
Starter: £18,000 to £24,000
Highly Experienced: £35,000
You might also be paid overtime.
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
You'll usually work a 40-hour week. In some industries, your hours could be more irregular and you'll work shifts or be on call.
6. Career path and progression
With experience, you could become a project team leader or a maintenance or quality control manager.
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Last updated: 12 April 2017