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17-3023.01 - Electronics Engineering Technicians

Lay out, build, test, troubleshoot, repair, and modify developmental and production electronic components, parts, equipment, and systems, such as computer equipment, missile control instrumentation, electron tubes, test equipment, and machine tool numerical controls, applying principles and theories of electronics, electrical circuitry, engineering mathematics, electronic and electrical testing, and physics. Usually work under direction of engineering staff.

Sample of reported job titles: Digital Tech (Digital Technician), Electrical Technician, Electronics Engineering Technician, Electronics Technician, Engineering Technician (Engineering Tech), Failure Analysis Technician (FA Technician), Refurbish Technician (Refurb Tech), Senior Electronics Technician, Technician, Test Technician

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
79   Core Read blueprints, wiring diagrams, schematic drawings, or engineering instructions for assembling electronics units, applying knowledge of electronic theory and components.
77   Core Identify and resolve equipment malfunctions, working with manufacturers or field representatives as necessary to procure replacement parts.
75   Core Test electronics units, using standard test equipment, and analyze results to evaluate performance and determine need for adjustment.
70   Core Adjust or replace defective or improperly functioning circuitry or electronics components, using hand tools or soldering iron.
70   Core Assemble, test, or maintain circuitry or electronic components, according to engineering instructions, technical manuals, or knowledge of electronics, using hand or power tools.
68   Core Perform preventative maintenance or calibration of equipment or systems.
66   Core Maintain system logs or manuals to document testing or operation of equipment.
64   Core Provide customer support and education, working with users to identify needs, determine sources of problems, or to provide information on product use.
61   Core Write reports or record data on testing techniques, laboratory equipment, or specifications to assist engineers.
61   Core Procure parts and maintain inventory and related documentation.
57   Core Research equipment or component needs, sources, competitive prices, delivery times, or ongoing operational costs.
56   Core Provide user applications or engineering support or recommendations for new or existing equipment with regard to installation, upgrades, or enhancements.
54   Core Maintain working knowledge of state-of-the-art tools or software by reading or attending conferences, workshops, or other training.
58   Supplemental Design basic circuitry and draft sketches for clarification of details and design documentation under engineers' direction, using drafting instruments or computer-aided design (CAD) equipment.
53   Supplemental Build prototypes from rough sketches or plans.
51   Supplemental Fabricate parts, such as coils, terminal boards, or chassis, using bench lathes, drills, or other machine tools.
48   Supplemental Develop or upgrade preventative maintenance procedures for components, equipment, parts, or systems.
34   Supplemental Write computer or microprocessor software programs.
Not available Supplemental Survey satellite receival sites for proper signal level or provide technical assistance in dish location or installation, transporting dishes as necessary.

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

Antistatic wrist straps — Wrist anti-static straps
Auxiliary generator — Dual power supplies
Electronic measuring probes — Current probes; Voltage probes
Multimeters — Signal measuring equipment
Power screwguns — Power screwdrivers
Signal generators — Function generators
Speed sensors — Stroboscopes
Stripping tools — Wire strippers
Voltage or current meters — Digital voltmeters DVM; Voltage testers
Wire wrapping tool — Wire wrap guns

Technology used in this occupation:

Analytical or scientific software — Cadence PSpice; Mentor Graphics ModelSim; Root cause analysis software; The MathWorks MATLAB
Computer aided design CAD software — Cadence software; National Instruments Multisim
Data base user interface and query software — Database software; Microsoft Access
Development environment software — C; Microsoft Visual Basic; National Instruments LabVIEW; Verilog
Document management software — Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software
Graphics or photo imaging software — Graphics software
Object or component oriented development software — Computer aided software engineering CASE tools
Operating system software — Emulators
Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
Word processing software — Microsoft Word

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
84   Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
78   Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
58   Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
57   Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
55   Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
54   Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
52   Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
51   English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
41   Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
40   Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
39   Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
38   Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
32   Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
29   Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
28   Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
28   Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
23   Personnel and Human Resources — Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
22   Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
22   Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
15   Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
13   Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
12   Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
11   Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
10   Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  Foreign Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
  Geography — Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
  Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
  Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
  History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
  Therapy and Counseling — Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  Philosophy and Theology — Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
  Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
69   Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
60   Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
60   Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
56   Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
56   Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
56   Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
56   Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
53   Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
53   Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
53   Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
53   Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
50   Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
50   Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
50   Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
50   Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
50   Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
50   Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
50   Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
50   Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
47   Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
44   Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
44   Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
44   Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
41   Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
41   Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
41   Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
41   Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
38   Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
31   Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
31   Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
28   Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
28   Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
25   Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
19   Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
13   Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
75   Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
69   Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
69   Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
69   Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
69   Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
69   Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
66   Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
63   Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
56   Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
56   Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
53   Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
53   Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
53   Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
53   Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
53   Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
53   Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
53   Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
50   Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
50   Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
50   Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
50   Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
50   Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
50   Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
50   Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
47   Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
44   Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
41   Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
41   Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
41   Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
38   Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
31   Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
31   Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
28   Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
25   Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
25   Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
25   Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
22   Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
22   Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
  Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
  Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
  Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
  Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
 Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
 Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
 Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
 Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
 Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
 Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
 Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
 Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
81   Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
77   Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment.
73   Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Review technical documents to plan work.
73   Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
72   Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
71   Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
69   Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Confer with other personnel to resolve design or operational problems.
68   Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
66   Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
65   Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Update technical knowledge.
64   Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
64   Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
64   Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
62   Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
57   Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
56   Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Maintain operational records or records systems.
  • Prepare procedural documents.
56   Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
54   Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Assemble equipment or components.
  • Calibrate scientific or technical equipment.
  • Fabricate products or components using machine tools.
53   Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
52   Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
52   Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
52   Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
  • Survey land or bodies of water to measure or determine features.
52   Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
  • Advise customers on the use of products or services.
52   Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Create physical models or prototypes.
  • Create schematic drawings for electronics.
  • Develop software or computer applications.
48   Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
  • Maintain electronic equipment.
46   Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
45   Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
44   Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
43   Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Purchase materials, equipment, or other resources.
42   Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
42   Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
42   Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
  • Develop technical methods or processes.
38   Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
36   Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
35   Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
  • Resolve operational performance problems.
34   Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
30   Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
24   Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
24   Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
24   Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
23   Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Work Context
Percentage of Top Responses
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?


85     Every day
12     Once a week or more but not every day
Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?


73     Every day
21     Once a week or more but not every day
Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?


74     Every day
15     Once a week or more but not every day
Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?


60     A lot of freedom
36     Some freedom
Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?


52     Extremely important
42     Very important
Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?


57     Extremely important
27     Very important
Structured versus Unstructured Work — To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?


38     A lot of freedom
49     Some freedom
12     Limited freedom
Contact With Others — How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?


44     Constant contact with others
28     Contact with others most of the time
13     Contact with others about half the time
16     Occasional contact with others
Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — How much does this job require using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?


46     Continually or almost continually
20     More than half the time
15     About half the time
11     Less than half the time
Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?


51     Every day
12     Once a week or more but not every day
14     Once a month or more but not every week
11     Once a year or more but not every month
12     Never
Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.


35     More than 40 hours
65     40 hours
Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?


20     Very high responsibility
44     High responsibility
26     Moderate responsibility
Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — How do the decisions an employee makes impact the results of co-workers, clients or the company?


18     Very important results
45     Important results
18     Moderate results
20     Minor results
Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?


12     Extremely important
53     Very important
18     Important
Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — How much does this job require wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?


51     Every day
19     Once a year or more but not every month
18     Never
Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?


16     Continually or almost continually
35     More than half the time
31     About half the time
18     Less than half the time
Frequency of Decision Making — How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?


23     Every day
40     Once a week or more but not every day
16     Once a year or more but not every month
13     Never
Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?


47     Once a week or more but not every day
19     Once a month or more but not every week
24     Once a year or more but not every month
Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?


17     Very high responsibility
34     High responsibility
23     Moderate responsibility
14     Limited responsibility
12     No responsibility
Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — How important is repeating the same physical activities (e.g., key entry) or mental activities (e.g., checking entries in a ledger) over and over, without stopping, to performing this job?


15     Extremely important
26     Very important
33     Important
19     Fairly important
Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — How often does this job require working exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?


16     Every day
19     Once a week or more but not every day
43     Once a month or more but not every week
12     Once a year or more but not every month
Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?


17     Moderately close (at arm's length)
60     Slightly close (e.g., shared office)
16     I work with others but not closely (e.g., private office)
Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?


31     Once a week or more but not every day
24     Once a month or more but not every week
27     Once a year or more but not every month
11     Never
Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?


20     Every day
25     Once a week or more but not every day
12     Once a month or more but not every week
38     Never
Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?


28     Highly competitive
34     Moderately competitive
25     Slightly competitive
13     Not at all competitive
Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?


13     Extremely serious
29     Very serious
21     Fairly serious
28     Not serious at all
Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?


13     Every day
33     Once a week or more but not every day
14     Once a year or more but not every month
35     Never
Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?


14     Extremely important
20     Very important
39     Fairly important
21     Not important at all
Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?


19     More than half the time
31     About half the time
51     Less than half the time
Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?


12     Every day
31     Once a week or more but not every day
14     Once a year or more but not every month
38     Never
Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?


49     Once a month or more but not every week
38     Once a year or more but not every month
Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?


27     Once a week or more but not every day
24     Once a year or more but not every month
33     Never
Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?


22     More than half the time
12     About half the time
54     Less than half the time
11     Never
Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?


12     More than half the time
18     About half the time
64     Less than half the time
Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — How frequently does the worker have to deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals as part of the job requirements?


36     Once a month or more but not every week
52     Once a year or more but not every month
11     Never
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?


25     Once a week or more but not every day
15     Once a month or more but not every week
14     Once a year or more but not every month
45     Never
Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?


11     Highly automated
21     Moderately automated
43     Slightly automated
26     Not at all automated
Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?


13     Once a week or more but not every day
21     Once a year or more but not every month
51     Never
Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?


58     Less than half the time
30     Never
Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?


65     Less than half the time
20     Never
In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?


16     Once a week or more but not every day
64     Never
Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — How often does this job require working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures?


12     Once a week or more but not every day
15     Once a month or more but not every week
22     Once a year or more but not every month
49     Never
Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?


20     Once a week or more but not every day
13     Once a year or more but not every month
60     Never
Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — How important is it to this job that the pace is determined by the speed of equipment or machinery? (This does not refer to keeping busy at all times on this job.)


19     Very important
19     Fairly important
56     Not important at all
Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?


44     Irregular (changes with weather conditions, production demands, or contract duration)
56     Regular (established routine, set schedule)
Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?


13     Once a month or more but not every week
27     Once a year or more but not every month
53     Never
Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — How much does this job require wearing specialized protective or safety equipment such as breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection?


12     Once a month or more but not every week
24     Once a year or more but not every month
56     Never
Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?


12     Once a month or more but not every week
26     Once a year or more but not every month
56     Never
Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?


29     Once a year or more but not every month
57     Never
Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?


19     Once a month or more but not every week
68     Never
In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?


13     Once a year or more but not every month
75     Never
Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?


32     Less than half the time
62     Never
Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?


39     Less than half the time
61     Never
Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?


19     Once a year or more but not every month
76     Never
Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?


13     Once a year or more but not every month
84     Never
Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?


20     Once a year or more but not every month
80     Never
Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?


13     Once a year or more but not every month
87     Never

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Job Zone   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Title Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Related Experience Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
43   Associate's degree
24   Post-secondary certificate Help
12   High school diploma or equivalent Help

This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:

Computer Science — Computer Engineering Technology/Technician
Engineering — Computer Engineering Technology/Technician; Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
95   Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
78   Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
45   Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
28   Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
17   Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
 Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

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Work Styles   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Style
86   Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
79   Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
78   Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
74   Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
73   Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
72   Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
72   Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
71   Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
70   Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
70   Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
68   Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
66   Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
65   Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
52   Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
47   Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
45   Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
67   Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
67   Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
58   Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
50   Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
50   Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
45   Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians.
Employment data collected from Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians.
Industry data collected from Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians.

Median wages (2013) $28.15 hourly, $58,540 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 147,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Little or no change (-2% to 2%) Little or no change (-2% to 2%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 30,400
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)
Manufacturing (38% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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