Electronic Engineering Technicians conduct tests of electronic systems, collect and analyse data, and assemble circuitry in support of Electronics Engineers and Engineering Technologists.

Specialisations: Aircraft Electronics Technical Officer, Communications Engineering Technical Officer, Communications Engineering Technician, Digital Controls Technical Officer, Flight Surveyor, Printed Circuit Board Designer, Process Control Technician, Telemetry Technician.

You usually need a certificate III or IV in electrical or electronics engineering or a related field to work as an Electronic Engineering Technician. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Electronic Engineering Technicians.

Tasks

  • Develops, constructs and tests electronic equipment and associated circuitry in accordance with technical manuals and instructions of Electronics Engineers and Engineering Technologists.
  • Estimates material costs and quantities of electronic circuitry and equipment.
  • Evaluates performance of electronic equipment.
  • Inspects designs and finished products for compliance with specifications, drawings, contracts and regulations.
  • Installs, repairs and modifies electronic equipment.

More about Electronic Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians

All Electronic Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians

  • $1,636 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Electronic Engineering Technicians

  • 3,800 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 89% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 43 years Average age
  • 8% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Electronic Engineering Technicians (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 4,300 in 2011 to 3,800 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Electronic Engineering Technicians work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Public Administration and Safety; Manufacturing; and Information Media and Telecommunications.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (89%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 43 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 8% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Public Administration and Safety24.8
Manufacturing17.9
Information Media and Telecommunications15.3
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services10.8
Other Industries31.2

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateElectronic Engineering TechniciansAll Jobs Average
NSW31.831.6
VIC21.825.6
QLD18.620.0
SA8.27.0
WA12.110.8
TAS1.42.0
NT2.31.0
ACT3.91.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketElectronic Engineering TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.3-5.05.0
20-247.8-9.39.3
25-3423.1-22.922.9
35-4420.6-22.022.0
45-5423.8-21.621.6
55-5911.5-9.09.0
60-647.6-6.06.0
65 and Over4.4-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationElectronic Engineering TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate4.1-10.110.1
Bachelor degree13.9-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma28.6-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV39.0-21.121.1
Year 129.6-18.118.1
Year 111.7-4.84.8
Year 10 and below3.2-12.512.5

You usually need a certificate III or IV in electrical or electronics engineering or a related field to work as an Electronic Engineering Technician. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Electronic Engineering Technicians.

Membership with Engineers Australia may be useful.

Thinking about study or training?

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Employers look for Electronic Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Computers and Electronics

    84% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  2. Mathematics

    77% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. Engineering and Technology

    76% Skill level

    The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  4. Design

    67% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  5. Education and Training

    66% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-3029.04 - Electronics Engineering Technologists.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Face-to-Face Discussions

    97% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  2. Electronic Mail

    97% Important

    How often do you use electronic mail?

  3. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    94% Important

    How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

  4. Telephone

    94% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  5. Being Exact or Accurate

    84% Important

    How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-3029.04 - Electronics Engineering Technologists.

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