Career Tracks: Industrial Electronics Technology

Industrial Electronics Technology is a broad program designed to prepare graduates for employment in manufacturing, merchandising, testing, installing, monitoring, modifying and repairing electrical and electronic equipment systems.

Industrial Electronics Technology offers both classroom and hands-on experiences. Practical training provides experience the graduate needs for a successful career. All plants/industries must be maintained, so this is a fairly secure occupation. An Electrical Maintenance Technician Certificate is also available.

Duties

Graduates in this field may be required to:

  • build, test, troubleshoot, repair and modify electronic equipment, i.e. electronic timers, photo-electric devices, audio and video units, micro-processor systems
  • analyze and determine the quality and/or performance of electronic circuits
  • pinpoint malfunctioning components
  • make changes in parts of circuits to improve performance of equipment
     

Working Conditions

Graduates in this field commonly experience:

  • inside (usually production areas)
  • dirty environment
  • work in cooperation with others
  • work under direct supervision
  • work under stress to meet deadlines
  • considerable paperwork required
  • overtime sometimes necessary
     

Physical Demands

  • active (much walking, carrying, standing)
  • lifting to 50 lbs. (OSHA standards require heavy loads for lifting mechanically)
     

Characteristics & Temperament

Graduates in this field should have:

  • good written and oral communication
  • ability to work well with numbers, symbols
  • ability to work with people
  • ability to work with inanimate objects - setting up, operating, maintaining
  • preciseness/attention to detail
  • ability to "catch on" quickly
  • ability to perform arithmetic functions quickly and accurately
  • spatial aptitude: understand two-dimensional objects, recognize relationships resulting from the movement of objects
  • good motor coordination: hand/eye coordination, accurate and swift movement, finger/manual dexterity
  • ability to follow directions - both written and oral
  • self-discipline
  • ability to change form one task to another of a different nature without loss of efficiency
  • ability to make generalizations, judgments, decisions
     

Employment Outlook

Graduates in this field can expect the following developments:

  • very good to excellent job opportunities
  • salary average: $62,190 per year according to the US Department of Labor. You may view the most current Occupational Outlook statistics at: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/electrical-and-electronics-engineering-technicians.htm.
  • 92% placement rate for 2014 - 2016 graduates
  • employment of cities and towns of all sizes
  • entry level jobs: electronics technician, maintenance technician, electrician, electrical helper, control technician, crib technician, quality assurance
  • opportunity for advancement to supervisory, managerial or instructional positions with experience or further education (B.A. degree in electrical engineering)
     

Employers

Recent graduates have found work at:

 

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