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Electronic engineering technician

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Summary of occupation

An electronic engineering technician assists engineers with the design, manufacture, installation, operation and maintenance of electronic equipment and associated circuitry. They may work on a wide range of equipment, including radio, television, communications and computer systems. These workers may research and develop new products, construct and test prototype products, carry out quality control tests and inspections, and perform installation, maintenance and repair of electronic systems.

ANZSCO description: Conducts tests of electronic systems, collects and analyses data, and assembles circuitry in support of Electronics Engineers and Engineering Technologists. Registration or licensing may be required.
Alternative names: Electronic Engineering Associate, Electronic Engineering Technical Officer, Electronics Technical Officer
Specialisations: Aircraft Electronics Technical Officer, Communications Engineering Technical Officer, Communications Engineering Technician, Computer Numeric Control Technical Officer, Digital Controls Technical Officer, Flight Surveyor, Printed Circuit Board Designer, Process Control Technician, Telemetry Technician
Job prospects: Limited
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

An electronic engineering technician needs:

  • good communication skills
  • good problem solving ability
  • the ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • to enjoy technical and engineering activities
  • to be able to follow instructions
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Working conditions

Electronic engineering technicians in Western Australia primarily work in offices, workshops or manufacturing plants in the Perth metropolitan area. Those whose work primarily involves servicing and repairing electronic equipment may also travel to customers premises to carry out the necessary work onsite. The hours of work can vary greatly, depending on the employer and the specific type of work being carried out. In some cases shift work may be required, which can include working nights and on weekends.

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Salary details

 

On average, electronic engineering draftspersons and technicians can expect to earn between $1 250 and $1 499 per week ($65 000 and $77 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. As an electronic engineering technician develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.

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Tools and technologies

Electronic engineering technicians use electronic testing and measuring equipment such as oscilloscopes (to check electronic signals and voltage), Multi-meters (to measure voltage, current and resistance), signal generators and other specialised equipment. During the design and development stages of a project they may also use computer-aided design (CAD) software to design circuit boards and create wiring diagrams. Small hand and power tools, such as soldering irons and wire cutters, are also commonly used, as are glues, lubricants and sealants. Some electronic engineering technicians will also have to wear safety equipment including masks, gloves and safety glasses.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

To become an electronic engineering technician you usually have to complete a qualification in engineering, or electronics and communications engineering.

The Diploma of Engineering – Technical, Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering, and Advanced Diploma of Engineering are offered at TAFE Colleges and other registered organisations throughout Western Australia.

​You can also improve your employment prospects if you complete a traineeship. The electronics and communications engineer (level 5) or engineering technician  traineeships usually take 36 months to complete.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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