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Electronics Engineering Technologists

At a Glance

  • Work with engineers to solve technical problems
  • May specialize in one type of electronic device, such as a cell phone
  • Use computers heavily
  • Often work as part of a team
  • Have an associate degree

Career summary

Electronics engineering technologists help engineers design, test, and use new electronics systems or products.

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Electronics engineering technologists help engineers design:

Electronics engineering technologists design basic circuitry and draft sketches. They build and test prototypes of their designs.

They put together electronic components designed by engineers. They follow instructions from engineers and technical manuals. After building a component, technologists test the circuitry to make sure it works properly.

If a component or equipment is not working, technologists identify problems and replace parts if necessary. They perform regular maintenance to prevent breakdowns. They calibrate equipment on a regular basis.

Electronics engineering technologists use specialized hand tools to repair, adjust, or maintain equipment. They also use computer-aided design (CAD) software to make digital designs and images. Technologists must be computer savvy. They also need to understand all parts of the devices and systems they work with.

The field of electronics is very broad. Technologists work in many settings, including:

Related careers

This career is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics cluster of careers.

Related careers include:

Job duties

Task list

The following list of tasks is specific to electronics engineering technologists.

Common work activities

Electronics engineering technologists perform the following tasks. These tasks are common to many careers.

Work requirements

Working conditions

In a typical work setting, electronics engineering technologists:

Interpersonal relationships

Physical work conditions

Work performance


Physical demands

Electronics engineering technologists frequently:

It is important for electronics engineering technologists to be able to:

It is not as important, but still necessary, for electronics engineering technologists to be able to:

Skills and abilities

Electronics engineering technologists need to:


Reason and problem solve

Use math and science

Manage oneself, people, time, and things

Work with people

Work with things

Perceive and visualize

Education and training

Educational programs

The programs of study listed below will help you prepare for the occupation or career cluster you are exploring.

Programs of study directly related to this occupation

Other programs of study to consider


To work as an electronics engineering technologist, you typically need to:

Education after high school

Most people prepare for this occupation by getting an associate degree (usually an associate of applied science or AAS). Many schools offer two-year programs in engineering technology. You can also get a four-year degree in engineering technology from a university.

Some vocational schools offer electronics engineering technology programs. However, the kind and quality of these programs varies greatly. Carefully select your program. Make sure the school has the type of training you want, up-to-date equipment, and qualified instructors. Check with employers to see which schools they prefer. In addition, ask the schools for the names of employers where they have placed graduates.

Training programs approved by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) meet standards set by the industry. Graduating from an ABET accredited program can give you an advantage with employers.

Pre-engineering programs are not the same as technology programs. Pre-engineering programs stress classroom theory. In contrast, engineering technology programs stress hands-on training.

Work experience

Working in jobs that give you practical experience is good background for this occupation. For instance, repairing, installing, or assembling electronic devices is good experience for this occupation.

On-the-job training

As a new technologist, you perform routine tasks while closely supervised by an experienced technologist or engineer. As you gain experience, you work on tasks that are more difficult. Training may last up to a year.

Helpful high school courses

In high school, take classes that prepare you for college. A college preparatory curriculum (external link) may be different from your state's graduation requirements (external link). Electronics engineering technologists need a strong background in math and science. Try to take math classes through Trigonometry and science classes through Physics.

You should also consider taking some advanced courses in high school. This includes Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses if they are available in your school. If you do well in these courses, you may receive college credit for them. Advanced courses can also strengthen your college application.

Helpful electives to take in high school that prepare you for this career include:

The courses listed above are meant to help you create your high school plan. If you have not already done so, talk to a school counselor or parent about the courses you are considering taking.

You should also check with a teacher or counselor to see if work-based learning opportunities are available in your school and community. These might include field trips, job shadowing, internships, and actual work experience. The goal of these activities is to help you connect your school experiences with real-life work.

Join some groups, try some hobbies, or volunteer with an organization that interests you. By participating in activities you can have fun, make new friends, and learn about yourself. Maybe one of them will help direct you to a future career. Here are examples of activities and groups (PDF file) that may be available in your high school or community.

Things to know

Employers look for electronics engineering technologists who have at least a two-year degree in electronics engineering technology. Employers may not require applicants to be certified. However, those who are certified may have a competitive edge over other applicants.

Employers look for applicants with strong technical skills. Good communication skills are very important because technologists work with engineers and other team members. An interest in math and science is also important.

Costs to workers

Some workers may wish to join a professional association, which may have annual dues.


Engineering technicians, except drafters, all other (SOC 17-3029)

Pay Period
Washington Hourly $21.22 $27.39 $36.79 $44.63 $48.71
Monthly $3,677 $4,747 $6,376 $7,734 $8,441
Yearly $44,130 $56,970 $76,530 $92,830 $101,310
    Bellingham Hourly $21.89 $26.48 $35.31 $39.86 $45.85
Monthly $3,794 $4,589 $6,119 $6,908 $7,946
Yearly $45,538 $55,083 $73,445 $82,918 $95,376
    Bremerton-Silverdale Hourly $33.10 $37.88 $42.81 $46.71 $50.61
Monthly $5,736 $6,565 $7,419 $8,095 $8,771
Yearly $68,841 $78,790 $89,057 $97,153 $105,253
    Kennewick-Richland Hourly $19.93 $22.85 $30.44 $37.99 $45.16
Monthly $3,454 $3,960 $5,275 $6,584 $7,826
Yearly $41,464 $47,533 $63,311 $79,013 $93,928
    Mount Vernon-Anacortes Hourly $17.08 $19.23 $34.14 $38.60 $44.46
Monthly $2,960 $3,333 $5,916 $6,689 $7,705
Yearly $35,539 $39,991 $71,024 $80,296 $92,474
    Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Hourly $20.64 $24.52 $30.21 $40.96 $49.63
Monthly $3,577 $4,249 $5,235 $7,098 $8,601
Yearly $42,929 $50,993 $62,825 $85,207 $103,236
    Spokane-Spokane Valley Hourly $14.66 $18.58 $24.01 $32.94 $38.28
Monthly $2,541 $3,220 $4,161 $5,709 $6,634
Yearly $30,502 $38,651 $49,945 $68,513 $79,616
    Vancouver Hourly $18.23 $22.23 $27.51 $33.23 $41.35
Monthly $3,159 $3,852 $4,767 $5,759 $7,166
Yearly $37,919 $46,235 $57,219 $69,122 $85,996
    Yakima Hourly $12.14 $15.59 $19.92 $26.62 $29.14
Monthly $2,104 $2,702 $3,452 $4,613 $5,050
Yearly $25,237 $32,419 $41,432 $55,360 $60,608
United States Hourly $17.36 $22.84 $30.38 $38.79 $47.46
Monthly $3,008 $3,958 $5,265 $6,722 $8,225
Yearly $36,120 $47,500 $63,200 $80,670 $98,720

Pay varies with the worker's level of education, responsibility, and experience. Those who work in manufacturing may belong to a union. When they work overtime or on holidays, they are usually paid more than their usual wage.

Full-time technologists generally receive benefits. Typical benefits are health insurance, a retirement plan, sick leave, and paid vacation. Some companies provide money for continuing education classes.

National wage information is not available specifically for electronics engineering technologists. However, they are part of the larger group of "all other engineering technicians."

Employment and outlook

Washington outlook


The table below provides information about the number of workers in this career in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other (SOC 17-3029)

Location Current employment Growth over 10 years Annual openings
Washington 2,615 7.2% 16.1% 267
    Adams, Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan Counties 34 0.0% 13.4% 3
    Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman Counties 75 5.3% 8.6% 7
    Benton and Franklin Counties 140 -2.1% 15.0% 11
    Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap Counties 1,112 1.6% 11.9% 99
    Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum Counties 76 7.9% 15.2% 8
    Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties 77 11.7% 14.6% 8
    King County 637 15.4% 19.6% 78
    Kittitas, Klickitat, Skamania, and Yakima Counties 20 5.0% 13.8% 2
    Pierce County 164 23.8% 15.2% 24
    Snohomish County 133 6.0% 12.4% 13
    Spokane County 86 2.3% 13.9% 8
United States 87,100 2.6% 5.2% 8,800

National employment

Major employers:

National outlook

Growth in this occupation will be about as fast as average. Industries such as the computer system design industry will continue to hire technicians. The increase of automotive technology such as computers and GPS technology will also provide job growth for this occupation.

Employment and outlook information is not available specifically for electronics engineering technologists. However, they are part of the larger group of "all other engineering technicians."

Other resources

American Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) (external link)
(This website provides a list of engineering-related programs accredited by ABET)
415 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Discover Engineering (external link)
eGFI - Dream Up the Future (external link)
Electronics Technicians Association, International (external link)
5 Depot Street
Greencastle, IN 46135
Engineer Girl! (external link)
National Academy of Engineering
IEEE Computer Society (external link)
2001 L Street NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engingeers (external link)
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (external link)
3 Park Avenue, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10016
MCMA: Motion Control and Motor Association (external link)
900 Victors Way, Suite 140
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
National Academy of Engineering (external link)
500 Fifth Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (external link)
SAE International (external link)
400 Commonwealth Drive
Warrendale, PA 15096
Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (external link)
673 South Milpitas Blvd.
Milpitas, CA 95035
Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (external link)
140 Phillips Road
Exton, PA 19341
Society of Women Engineers (external link)
130 East Randolph Street, Suite 3500
Chicago, IL 60601
Technology Student Association (external link)
1904 Association Drive
Reston, VA 20191-1540
Washington State Science & Engineering Fair (external link)


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