Lays out, builds, tests, troubleshoots, repairs, and modifies 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.
This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Manufacturing Production Process Development pathway.
A person in this career:
- Reads blueprints, wiring diagrams, schematic drawings, or engineering instructions for assembling electronics units, applying knowledge of electronic theory and components.
- Identifies and resolves equipment malfunctions, working with manufacturers or field representatives as necessary to procure replacement parts.
- Tests electronics units, using standard test equipment, and analyzes results to evaluate performance and determine need for adjustment.
- Adjusts or replaces defective or improperly functioning circuitry or electronics components, using hand tools or soldering iron.
- Assembles, tests, or maintains circuitry or electronic components, according to engineering instructions, technical manuals, or knowledge of electronics, using hand or power tools.
- Performs preventative maintenance or calibration of equipment or systems.
- Maintains system logs or manuals to document testing or operation of equipment.
- Provides customer support and education, working with users to identify needs, determine sources of problems, or to provide information on product use.
- Writes reports or records data on testing techniques, laboratory equipment, or specifications to assist engineers.
- Procures parts and maintains inventory and related documentation.