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Engineering Technician
Their work is more narrowly focused and application-oriented than that of scientists and engineers. Many engineering technicians assist engineers and scientists, especially in research and development
The Job
Engineering technicians who work in research and development build or set up equipment; prepare and conduct experiments; collect data; calculate or record results; and help engineers or scientists in other ways, such as making prototype versions of newly designed equipment.
Work Environment
Most engineering technicians work 40 hours a week in laboratories, offices, manufacturing or industrial plants, or on construction sites. Some may be exposed to hazards from equipment.
College Majors
Science, engineering and math.
Minimum Qualifications
Most engineering technicians enter the occupation with an associate degree in engineering technology.
Personality traits helpful for this career
Good communication skills and the ability to work well with others also are important as engineering technicians are typically part of a team of engineers and other technicians.Because many engineerin
Quick Facts
  • Because the type and quality of training programs vary considerably, prospective students should carefully investigate training programs before enrolling.
  • Electrical and electronic engineering technicians make up 33 percent of all engineering technicians.
  • Employment of engineering technicians often is influenced by the same economic conditions that affect engineers; as a result, job outlook varies by specialty.
  • Opportunities will be best for individuals with an associate degree or extensive job training in engineering technology.
Compensation and Outlook
Median annual wages of wage and salary electrical and electronic engineering technicians were $53,240 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $41,550 and $64,120. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $32,490, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $78,560.
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