In the 21st century, there are perhaps no areas of industry that have been more important, or have grown further or faster, than electronics. Electronic components are found in almost everything these days, from personal devices to spacecraft and all types of scientific instruments. An electronics technologist is involved in using existing electronics and electrical concepts to produce new working products, and may also be known as an electronics technician or electrical technician.
The electronics technologist is a front-line position that, nonetheless, often affords workers a significant degree of freedom to work within established guidelines and according to a generalized concept or plan. They use resources and materials to design products according to specifications, participate in the fabrication and testing of prototypes, and may participate in manufacturing finished models. The job may also involve repairing existing electronic equipment and/or supervising other employees to a limited degree.
Electronics technologists may themselves answer to supervisors, who are typically engineers. Ideally, those in this position are technologically-inclined individuals who possess a strong understanding of applied electronics principles, including circuitry and electrical components and how to construct and repair such objects. They must also be able to understand complex and difficult blueprints, schematics, and technical drawings, and be able to apply that knowledge toward a physical product.
Employers typically search for a balance of education and previous experience with electronics design and repair. A vocational certificate or associate's degree in electronics is often preferred, along with two to five years of hands-on experience with electronics.
Electronics Technologist Tasks
Provide technical and customer support for electronic components on site.
Install, inspect and repair electronic equipment and components.
Perform diagnostic and maintenance services.
Calibrate, adjust, and maintain test equipment.