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Electronics Technician
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Occupation Overview

Bay Area demand for Electronics Technicians is driven by the:

  • Heavy concentration of electronics firms in this area,
  • Increasing electronics content of most products and services, and
  • Continuous pressure to automate manufacturing processes to reduce costs and speed product delivery to the marketplace.

Electronics Technicians who are well qualified and have high tech skills (particularly in the areas of digital and analog circuitry, microprocessor systems, or microwave equipment) should see good employment opportunities for years to come.

Technicians draw sketches, prepare layouts, and build "breadboards" (prototypes) and production models. They use several types of electronics test equipment, such as digital multimeters, signal generators and oscilloscopes. They set up and run a variety of tests, analyze data and write technical reports describing their findings. The most experienced technicians tend to work in R&D (research and development).


Future Growth Opportunities

Opportunities for Advancement:

Sales Representative, Customer Engineer, Field Service Representative, and supervisory roles offer opportunities for advancement. Those who continue their education and earn at least a BS Degree open themselves to many possibilities as engineers.

Skills Transferable to:

Manufacturing Engineering Technician and Mechanical Engineering Technician.


Job Descriptions

No Experience: $10-15/hr.

Experienced: $15-45/hr.

Electronics Technicians work very closely with engineers, as their assistants. Duties vary depending on the particular job, and can include tasks such as setting up assembly or test lines in manufacturing, estimating costs, inspecting and testing completed products, instructing production workers on assembling, and testing new products and repairing equipment at the customer's site. Electronics Technicians apply electronic theory to design, build, test, repair and modify developmental, experimental or production electronic equipment. This work is done in industrial or commercial plants, and is used by engineering personnel in making engineering design and evaluation decisions.

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