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Electronics engineering technician

Alternative titles for this job include Electronics maintenance technician

Electronics engineering technicians design, build and maintain electronic systems and components.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter

to

£35,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

41 to 43 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become

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How to become an electronics engineering technician

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship

University

You can do a foundation degree or higher national diploma in electrical and electronic engineering.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma

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College

You could take a college course, which would teach you some of the skills needed for this job. Relevant courses include:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • T Level in Engineering, Manufacturing, Processing and Control
  • Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Electronic Engineering

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level
  • 1 or 2 A levels, a level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a level 4 or level 5 course

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Apprenticeship

You can get into this job through an engineering technician advanced apprenticeship.

You can also train to do this job in the armed forces. You can find out more at:

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Further information

You can find out more about courses and careers in engineering from Tomorrow's Engineers and The Institution of Engineering and Technology.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • maths knowledge
  • design skills and knowledge
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In your day-to-day tasks you may:

  • design printed circuit boards and wiring diagrams using CAD software
  • research and develop new products
  • test prototypes and analyse results
  • build and install electronic control systems used in computer-aided manufacturing (CAM)
  • quality control (inspect and calibrate instruments)
  • set up maintenance schedules for industrial and commercial equipment
  • find and fix equipment faults

Working environment

You could work at a manufacturing plant, in a laboratory or in an office.

Your working environment may be noisy.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a project team leader or a maintenance or quality control manager.

You could also teach in a further education college.

Find out more about teaching in further education from Teach in further education.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Production and Engineering Apprentice

  • Wage: £19,760.00 Annually
  • Location:

Apprentice Engineering Technician in Mechatronic Maintenance

  • Wage: £416.00 Weekly
  • Location: Norwich

Courses In England

Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) - BEng (Hons) (part-time)

  • Provider: BLACKPOOL AND THE FYLDE COLLEGE
  • Start date: 13 September 2022
  • Location: Blackpool

HND ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING (TOP UP)

  • Provider: TEC PARTNERSHIP
  • Start date: 05 September 2022
  • Location: Grimsby

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