Profession electronics engineering technician

Electronics engineering technicians perform technical tasks to aid in electronic research, and in the design, manufacture, assembly, construction, operation, maintenance and repair of electronic equipment.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative

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Knowledge

  • Electronics

    The functioning of electronic circuit boards, processors, chips, and computer hardware and software, including programming and applications. Apply this knowledge to ensure electronic equipment runs smoothly.

  • Design drawings

    Understand design drawings detailing the design of products, tools, and engineering systems.

  • Integrated circuits

    Electronic components, made up from a set of electronic circuits which are placed on semiconductor material, such as silicon. Integrated circuits (IC) can hold billions of electronic components on a microscale and are one of basic components of electronic devices.

  • Electronic components

    Devices and components that can be found in electronic systems. These devices can range from simple components such as amplifiers and oscillators, to more complex integrated packages, such as integrated circuits and printed circuit boards.

  • Circuit diagrams

    Read and comprehend circuit diagrams showing the connections between the devices, such as power and signal connections.

  • Electronic test procedures

    Testing protocols that enable a variety of analyses of electronic systems, products, and components. These tests include the testing of electrical properties, such as voltage, current, resistance, capacitance, and inductance as well as the testing of specific electronic components, such as the electron tubes, semiconductors, integrated circuits, and batteries. These tests include visual inspection, performance tests, environment tests, and safety tests.

  • Printed circuit boards

    Printed circuit boards (PCB) are essential components to almost all electronic devices. They consist of thin wafers or substrates on which electronic components, such as microchips, are placed. The electronic components are electrically connected through conductive tracks and pads.

  • Electronic equipment standards

    The national and international quality and safety standards and regulations with regards to the use and manufacture of electronic equipment and its components, such as semiconductors and printed circuit boards.

  • Types of electronics

    The different categories of electronics, such as consumer electronics, medical devices, microelectronics, computers, information and communication equipment, and measuring equipment.

Skills

  • Assemble electronic units

    Assemble and maintain electronic components and electronic circuits; comprehend manufacturer's manuals and engineering instructions; utilise hand and power tools.

  • Read engineering drawings

    Read the technical drawings of a product made by the engineer in order to suggest improvements, make models of the product or operate it.

  • Prepare production prototypes

    Prepare early models or prototypes in order to test concepts and replicability possibilities. Create prototypes to assess for pre-production tests.

  • Use testing equipment

    Use equipment to test performance and operation of machinery.

  • Test electronic units

    Test electronic units using appropriate equipment. Gather and analyse data. Monitor and evaluate system performance and take action if needed.

  • Assist scientific research

    Assist engineers or scientists with conducting experiments, performing analysis, developing new products or processes, constructing theory, and quality control.

  • Apply soldering techniques

    Apply and work with a variety of techniques in the process of soldering, such as soft soldering, silver soldering, induction soldering, resistance soldering, pipe soldering, mechanical and aluminium soldering.

  • Align components

    Align and lay out components in order to put them together correctly according to blueprints and technical plans.

  • Interpret electronic design specifications

    Analyse and understand detailed electronic design specifications.

  • Configure electronic equipment

    Ensure that electronic equipment is set up correctly.

  • Meet deadlines

    Ensure operative processes are finished at a previously agreed-upon time.

  • Solder electronics

    Operate and use soldering tools and soldering iron, which supply high temperatures to melt the solder and to join electronic components.

  • Liaise with engineers

    Collaborate with engineers to ensure common understanding and discuss product design, development and improvement.

  • Record test data

    Record data which has been identified specifically during preceding tests in order to verify that outputs of the test produce specific results or to review the reaction of the subject under exceptional or unusual input.

  • Conduct performance tests

    Conduct experimental, environmental and operational tests on models, prototypes or on the systems and equipment itself in order to test their strength and capabilities under normal and extreme conditions.

  • Inspect quality of products

    Use various techniques to ensure the product quality is respecting the quality standards and specifications. Oversee defects, packaging and sendbacks of products to different production departments.

  • Read assembly drawings

    Read and interpret drawings listing all the parts and subassemblies of a certain product. The drawing identifies the different components and materials and provides instructions on how to assemble a product.

  • Adjust engineering designs

    Adjust designs of products or parts of products so that they meet requirements.

  • Fasten components

    Fasten components together according to blueprints and technical plans in order to create subassemblies or finished products.

  • Ensure finished product meet requirements

    Ensure that finished products meet or exceed company specifications.

Optional knowledge and skills

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