Types of Technicians
To define and group electronic technicians into specific job titles is very difficult because of the amount of crossover between the various fields within this constantly changing field.
technicians work for an equipment manufacturer or dealer and provide
service and repair at the equipment user's location.
Types of equipment range from automatic bank teller machines,
environmental control systems, large computers, and copying machines to
perform tasks in the areas of system development and modification.
The engineering assistant takes the engineer’s drawings and then
procures the parts, builds and tests the circuit, and reports the results.
The assistant is usually involved in the project from its inception
through the early stages of the manufacturing process.
Engineering assistants follow stringent guidelines – and must be
able to communicate their findings either in writing or orally.
technician is involved in bread-boarding, prototyping, and testing of new
or modified electronic systems in research and development laboratories.
Technicians troubleshoot prototype circuits and repair faulty
equipment. They usually
follow a predetermined protocol or instruction in checking, verifying, and
fixing circuits and equipment. Technicians
are the hands-on part of the design and manufacturing team.
Typical Technician Job Titles include:
sales require the technician to possess not only the required technical
knowledge, but also the ability to communicate with prospective customers.
Not only is a course in communications necessary, but also a course
in salesmanship is beneficial.
technical writer must assemble the technical data of a system or project,
and then write manuals covering its theory, operation, and servicing.
The technical writer must possess the ability to develop and
clearly communicate all material needed by users and service technicians.
work with scientists and engineers involved in research and development.
As new circuit devices and concepts are developed, they must be
tested, modified as needed, then refined before they can be incorporated
into electronic systems. Technologists
require skills in written and oral communications.
Responsibilities can include management, training, decision-making,
and documentation. Technologists
are more concerned with applications – the how as opposed to the why.
Typical Technologist Job Titles include:
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