Electronic Engineering Technicians

ANZSCO ID 312412

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
3,800
Future Growth
N/A
Weekly Earnings
N/A
Full-Time Share
89%
Female Share
8%
Average age
43

Summary

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.

A certificate III or IV in electrical or electronics engineering or another related field is usually needed to work as an Electronic Engineering Technician. Some workers have a university qualification.

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.

Characteristics

Job Type
Technicians And Trades Workers
Skill Level
High skill
ANZSCO Occupation group
Unemployment Rate
n/a
Industries
Pathway(s)
  • University
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET)
  • Informal or on-the-job
Interests
  • Practical
  • Analytical
  • Administrative
Physical Demand
  • Light
  • Medium
  • Heavy

Outlook

Employment Outlook

The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Electronic Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians, under the outlook section.


Earnings and hours

Working arrangements

  • Around 89% of people employed as Electronic Engineering Technicians work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 23 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).

    Full-time workers work an average of 43 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).

    Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.


Industries

Main industries

1
Public Administration and Safety
22.9%
2
Manufacturing
16.4%
3
Information Media and Telecommunications
14.1%
4
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
10.0%
5
Other industries
28.7%

Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

31.8% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

21.8% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

18.6% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

8.2% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

12.1% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

1.4% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

2.3% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

3.9% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Electronic Engineering Technicians All Jobs Average
NSW 31.8 31.6
VIC 21.8 25.6
QLD 18.6 20.0
SA 8.2 7.0
WA 12.1 10.8
TAS 1.4 2.0
NT 2.3 1.0
ACT 3.9 1.9



Worker profile

Age and gender

Age In Years
43
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
8%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • The median age of Electronic Engineering Technicians is 43 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.

    A large share of workers are aged 45 to 54 years.

    Females make up 8% of the workforce. This is 40 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age Bracket Electronic Engineering Technicians All Jobs Average
15-19 1.3 5.0
20-24 7.8 9.3
25-34 23.1 22.9
35-44 20.6 22.0
45-54 23.8 21.6
55-59 11.5 9.0
60-64 7.6 6.0
65 and Over 4.4 4.2
Median Age 43 40

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Employment Pathways

Education, training and experience

A certificate III or IV in electrical or electronics engineering or another related field is usually needed to work as an Electronic Engineering Technician. Some workers have a university qualification.

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Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: 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 Qualification Electronic Engineering Technicians All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 4.1 10.1
Bachelor degree 13.9 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 28.6 11.6
Certificate III/IV 39.0 21.1
Year 12 9.6 18.1
Year 11 1.7 4.8
Year 10 and below 3.2 12.5

Source: 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.


Skills and Knowledge

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  • 59%

    Mathematics

    Using maths to solve problems.

  • 59%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.

  • 57%

    Active listening

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  • 57%

    Critical thinking

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  • 57%

    Troubleshooting

    Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.

  • 55%

    Active learning

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  • 55%

    Monitoring

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  • 55%

    Quality control analysis

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  • 54%

    Speaking

    Talking to others.

  • 52%

    Equipment maintenance

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  • 52%

    Judgment and decision making

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  • 52%

    Operation monitoring

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  • 52%

    Repairing

    Fixing machines or systems.

  • 52%

    Equipment selection

    Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

  • 50%

    Complex problem solving

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  • 50%

    Time management

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  • 48%

    Coordination with others

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  • 48%

    Writing

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  • 46%

    Systems analysis

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  • 46%

    Operation and control

    Controlling equipment or systems.


Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  • 84%

    Computers and electronics

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

  • 77%

    Mathematics

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  • 76%

    Engineering and technology

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  • 67%

    Technical design

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

  • 66%

    Education and training

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

  • 65%

    Physics

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  • 64%

    Mechanical

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  • 63%

    Telecommunications

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  • 57%

    Customer and personal service

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  • 55%

    English language

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  • 52%

    Production and processing

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  • 51%

    Administration and management

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  • 48%

    Chemistry

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  • 48%

    Clerical

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  • 41%

    Public safety and security

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  • 39%

    Sales and marketing

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  • 38%

    Personnel and human resources

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  • 36%

    Communications and media

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  • 33%

    Law and government

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  • 32%

    Transportation

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.


Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities..

  • 68%

    Oral comprehension

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  • 64%

    Near vision

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  • 64%

    Written comprehension

    Read and understand written information.

  • 61%

    Deductive reasoning

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  • 61%

    Oral expression

    Communicate by speaking.

  • 59%

    Visualization

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  • 59%

    Finger dexterity

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  • 57%

    Inductive reasoning

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  • 57%

    Colour discrimination

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  • 55%

    Problem spotting

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  • 54%

    Sorting or ordering

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  • 54%

    Mathematics

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  • 54%

    Written expression

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  • 52%

    Categorising

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  • 52%

    Flexibility of closure

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  • 50%

    Arm-hand steadiness

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  • 50%

    Far vision

    See details that are far away.

  • 50%

    Speech recognition

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • 48%

    Perceptual speed

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  • 48%

    Selective attention

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.


Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  • 86%

    Working with electronic equipment

    Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing electronic devices and equipment.

  • 80%

    Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  • 69%

    Looking for changes over time

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  • 69%

    Making decisions and solving problems

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  • 69%

    Monitoring people, processes and things

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  • 69%

    Communicating within a team

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 67%

    Documenting or recording information

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  • 67%

    Thinking creatively

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  • 66%

    Collecting and organising information

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  • 66%

    Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts

    Detailing and describing how devices, parts or equipment are to be made, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

  • 65%

    Checking for errors or defects

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  • 65%

    Planning and prioritising work

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  • 64%

    Making sense of information and ideas

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  • 64%

    Controlling equipment or machines

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  • 63%

    Building good relationships

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  • 62%

    Working with computers

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  • 62%

    Researching and investigating

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  • 60%

    Explaining things to people

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  • 60%

    Checking compliance with standards

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  • 56%

    Communicating with the public

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.


Interests and demands

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  • 90%

    Practical

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  • 86%

    Analytical

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  • 57%

    Administrative

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  • 33%

    Enterprising

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  • 24%

    Creative

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  • 14%

    Helping

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.


Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
  • 71%

    Achievement

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  • 67%

    Independence

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  • 67%

    Recognition

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  • 67%

    Support

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  • 62%

    Working conditions

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  • 57%

    Relationships

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.


Demands

The physical and social demands that workers face most often are shown below:
  • 97%

    Face-to-face discussions

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  • 97%

    Electronic mail

    Use electronic mail.

  • 94%

    Indoors, heat controlled

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  • 94%

    Telephone

    Talk on the telephone.

  • 84%

    Being exact or accurate

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  • 83%

    Contact with people

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  • 81%

    Teamwork

    Work with people in a group or team.

  • 77%

    Freedom to make decisions

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  • 76%

    Time pressure

    Work to strict deadlines.

  • 76%

    Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  • 74%

    Letters and memos

    Write letters and memos.

  • 74%

    Unstructured work

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  • 74%

    Impact of decisions

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  • 74%

    Wear common protective or safety equipment

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  • 73%

    Health and safety of others

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  • 72%

    Frequent decision making

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  • 70%

    Competition

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  • 69%

    Responsible for outcomes

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  • 68%

    Contact with the public

    Work with customers or the public.

  • 68%

    Lead or coordinate a team

    Lead others to do work activities.

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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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