What do Electronics Engineering Technicians do?
Lay out, build, test, troubleshoot, repair, and modify developmental and production electronic components, parts, equipment, and systems, such as computer equipment, missile control instrumentation, electron tubes, test equipment, and machine tool numerical controls, applying principles and theories of electronics, electrical circuitry, engineering mathematics, electronic and electrical testing, and physics. Usually work under direction of engineering staff.
- Read blueprints, wiring diagrams, schematic drawings, or engineering instructions for assembling electronics units, applying knowledge of electronic theory and components.
- Test electronics units, using standard test equipment, and analyze results to evaluate performance and determine need for adjustment.
- Perform preventative maintenance or calibration of equipment or systems.
- Assemble, test, or maintain circuitry or electronic components, according to engineering instructions, technical manuals, or knowledge of electronics, using hand or power tools.
- Adjust or replace defective or improperly functioning circuitry or electronics components, using hand tools or soldering iron.
- Write reports or record data on testing techniques, laboratory equipment, or specifications to assist engineers.
- Identify and resolve equipment malfunctions, working with manufacturers or field representatives as necessary to procure replacement parts.
- Maintain system logs or manuals to document testing or operation of equipment.
- Provide user applications or engineering support or recommendations for new or existing equipment with regard to installation, upgrades, or enhancements.
- Provide customer support and education, working with users to identify needs, determine sources of problems, or to provide information on product use.
- Maintain working knowledge of state-of-the-art tools or software by reading or attending conferences, workshops, or other training.
- Build prototypes from rough sketches or plans.
- Procure parts and maintain inventory and related documentation.
- Design basic circuitry and draft sketches for clarification of details and design documentation under engineers' direction, using drafting instruments or computer-aided design (CAD) equipment.
- Write computer or microprocessor software programs.
- Research equipment or component needs, sources, competitive prices, delivery times, or ongoing operational costs.
- Fabricate parts, such as coils, terminal boards, or chassis, using bench lathes, drills, or other machine tools.
- Develop or upgrade preventative maintenance procedures for components, equipment, parts, or systems.
- Survey satellite receival sites for proper signal level or provide technical assistance in dish location or installation, transporting dishes as necessary.
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