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About the Job

Assist electronics engineers in such activities as electronics systems and instrumentation design or digital signal processing.

It is also Called

  • Systems Technologist
  • Systems Technician
  • System Technologist
  • Signal Circuit Designer
  • Product/Device Technologist
  • Plastic Parts Designer
  • Parts Designer
  • Instrumentation Technologist
  • Instrumentation Instructor
  • Field Technical Specialist
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What They Do

  • Test solar photovoltaic products, such as inverters or energy management systems.
  • Participate in the development or testing of new green electronics technologies, such as lighting, optical data storage devices, or energy-efficient televisions.
  • Evaluate operational aspects of green consumer electronics applications, such as fuel cells for consumer electronic devices, power-saving devices for computers or televisions, or energy-efficient power chargers.
  • Assemble or analyze electronics technologies to be used in electric-drive vehicles.
  • Write software programs for microcontrollers or computers in machine, assembly, or other languages.
  • Assist scientists and engineers in conducting applied research in electronics engineering.
  • Provide support to technical sales staff regarding product characteristics.
  • Evaluate machine or process control requirements to develop device or controller specifications suited to operating environments.
  • Produce electronics drawings or other graphics representing industrial control, instrumentation, sensors, or analog or digital telecommunications networks, using computer-aided design (CAD) software.
  • Specify, coordinate, or conduct quality control or quality assurance programs or procedures.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: IA.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Artistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Recognition and Support in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • 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.
  • Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
  • 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.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.



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