Careers in Electronic Engineering Technology
Electronic engineering technology is concerned with the theory and practice of applied electronics engineering, which requires a thorough knowledge of mathematics and science. The Associate of Applied Science in Electronic Engineering Technology enables you to become an engineering technician.
What will I do on the job?
An engineering technician may perform a variety of tasks, including circuits and system testing, product development, prototype construction and testing, circuit and systems modification, and systems operation and manufacturing.
What skills will I use?
Engineering technicians are expected to have good communication skills and be capable of creative problem solving, working independently and in teams. Also, engineering technicians must have extensive knowledge of both the hardware and software of electronic systems.
Who will hire me?
Employers of engineering technicians include research and development laboratories, electronic equipment manufacturers, semiconductor manufacturers, manufacturing and processing industries, public utilities, colleges and universities, government agencies, medical laboratories and hospitals, and electronic equipment distributors. You may find work at companies that manufacture and sell electronic instruments and systems or for firms such as Intel, Axiom Electronics, Cascade Microtech, Credence Systems, ESI, Hewlett Packard, Maxim, Micro Systems Engineering, OECO, Oregon Public Broadcasting, Radisys, Selectron and Tektronix.
How much can I earn?
Starting salaries with an associate’s degree in electronic engineering technology range from $30,000 to $45,000. Those with experience or more advanced degrees can expect to earn $40,000 to $50,000 and above.