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Electronics engineering technician Electronics maintenance technician

Electronics engineering technicians design, build and maintain electronic systems and components.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £18,000 to £35,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

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 could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • 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

4. Salary

Starter: £18,000 to £24,000

Experienced: £25,000

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: 24 November 2017