Electronics engineering technician

Electronics maintenance technician

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

Salary range: £18,000 to £35,000

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
  • 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
  • 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.

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

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

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • designing printed circuit boards and wiring diagrams using CAD software
  • researching and developing new products
  • testing prototypes and analysing results
  • building and installing electronic control systems used in computer-aided manufacturing (CAM)
  • quality control (inspecting and calibrating instruments)
  • setting up maintenance schedules for industrial and commercial equipment
  • finding and fixing 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

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

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