How to become an Electronics Engineering Technician

Electronics engineering technicians assist electronics engineers with research, design, manufacturing, operation and maintenance tasks. They may work under the direction of electronics engineers, technologists or associates in all stages of planning, design, maintenance and production.

Personal requirements of a Electronics Engineering Technician

  • Enjoy technical and engineering activities
  • good problem-solving and analytical skills
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • good communication skills
  • able to work independently or as part of a team
  • normal eyesight (may be corrected) and normal colour vision
  • able to work systematically.

Duties & Tasks of a Electronics Engineering Technician

Electronics engineering technicians may perform the following tasks:

  • assemble circuitry for electronic equipment in accordance with technical manuals and engineers' instructions
  • test electronic instruments and equipment and repair or replace faulty parts
  • calibrate electronic measuring and indicating instruments according to established standards
  • install, test, repair and modify electronic equipment, including local area networks, following technical manuals or engineers' instructions.

Working conditions for a Electronics Engineering Technician

Electronics engineering technicians may work on radio and television transmitters, line communication cables, computers, signalling systems, automatic control equipment and local and wide area networks. They work in offices, technical laboratories or workshops, or outside on offshore oil rigs or other outdoor locations. They may also work in a team with engineers, engineering associates and tradespeople.

Avg. weekly wage:

$1,838

Future growth:

Decline

Employment by state:

ACT 0.7%

NSW 23.3%

NT 0.3%

QLD 22%

SA 6.8%

TAS 1.7%

VIC 27.8%

WA 17.3%

Hours worked:

42

Unemployment:

Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 94%

Female 6%

Education level:

Highest qualification is secondary school: 9.1%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 28.1%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 39.1%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 16.5%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 4.3%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.1%

20-24 - 6.1%

25-34 - 26.8%

35-44 - 22.6%

45-54 - 19.5%

55-59 - 8.2%

60-64 - 7.1%

65 and Over - 9.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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