What Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians Do
Electrical and electronics engineering technicians help engineers design and develop computers, communications equipment, medical monitoring devices, navigational equipment, and other electrical and electronic equipment. They often work in product evaluation and testing, using measuring and diagnostic devices to adjust, test, and repair equipment. They are also involved in the manufacture and deployment of equipment for automation.
Electrical and electronics engineering technicians work closely with electrical engineers. They work primarily in manufacturing settings, engineering services, the federal government, research and development laboratories, and the utilities industry.
How to Become an Electrical or Electronics Engineering Technician
Electrical and electronics engineering technicians typically need an associate’s degree.
Employment of electrical and electronics engineering technicians is projected to decline 2 percent from 2014 to 2024. Employment of these technicians is projected to decline in manufacturing and in the federal government.
This occupation supported 146,500 jobs in 2012 and 139,400 jobs in 2014, reflecting a decline of 4.8%. In 2012, this occupation was projected to decrease by 0.0% in 2022 to 146,500 jobs. As of 2014, to keep pace with prediction, the expected number of jobs was 146,500, compared with an observed value of 139,400, 4.8% lower than expected. This indicates current employment trends are worse than the 2012 trend within this occupation. In 2014, this occupation was projected to decrease by 1.9% in 2024 to 136,600 jobs. Linear extrapolation of the 2012 projection for 2022 results in an expected number of 146,500 jobs for 2024, 7.2% higher than the 2014 projection for 2024. This indicates expectations for future employment trends are much worse than the 2012 trend within this occupation.