Electronics engineering technicians help engineers design and build computers, communications equipment, medical monitoring devices, navigational equipment, and other electrical and electronic gear. In addition, they often work in product evaluation and testing, as well as modifying, testing, and repairing equipment using measurement and diagnostic devices. They are also involved in the manufacture and installation of automation equipment.
Throughout your apprenticeship, you may help:
- use CAD software to design printed circuit boards and wiring diagrams
- research and develop new products
- test prototypes and analyse results
- find and fix faults in equipment
- build and install electronic manufacturing control systems
- set up maintenance schedules for equipment.
- Starting salaries for an apprentice is £21,000 per year.
- Experienced electronics engineering technicians can earn up to £37,000 per year.
You will typically work 41 to 43 hours per week, occasionally working evenings, weekends and bank holidays on shifts.
You could work at a manufacturing plant, in a laboratory or in an office.
Your working environment may be noisy.
Qualifications you can achieve as an apprentice electronics engineering technician include:
- Level 3 Engineering Technician – Entry requirements for this level include 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship. This qualification will take 42 months to complete.
On an electronics engineering technician apprenticeship, you’ll learn:
- knowledge of engineering science and technology
- maths knowledge
- design skills and knowledge
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- analytical thinking skills
- the ability to work well with your hands
- complex problem-solving skills
- the ability to work well with others
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently.
Career path and progression
With experience, you could become a project team leader or a maintenance or quality control manager.