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Become an Electronic Service Engineer: Step-by-Step Career Guide

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Electronic Service Engineer Basics

Degree Level Postsecondary education
Degree Field Electronics
Licensure/Certification Voluntary certification available from the Electronics Technicians Association International (ETA) and the International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians
Experience None
Key Skills Customer service, communication, and troubleshooting skills; knowledge of processors, computer hardware and software, computer applications, chips and computer programs; ability to install, operate, and repair a variety of complex electronic equipment
Salary $64,410 (2016 median)

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Payscale.com, O NET Online

Electronic service engineers install and repair various types of electrical equipment in telecommunications and other industries. Some of their job duties include testing equipment, replacing defective parts and maintaining records of labor time. Electronic service engineers might work in noisy factories or manufacturing facilities. They might be expected to lift heavy equipment and are also subject to a higher injury rate than many other occupations. However, potential injuries can usually be mitigated by following correct safety protocols.

Electronic service engineers need customer service, communication, and troubleshooting skills as well as knowledge of processors, computer hardware and software, computer applications, chips, and computer programs. They must be able to install, operate, and repair a variety of complex electronic equipment.

PayScale.com reported that these professionals earned a median annual salary of $64,410 as of October 2016.

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Step 1: Meet Education Requirements

Although a high school diploma is sufficient for some jobs, many employers prefer to hire candidates who have taken industry-related college courses. Community colleges and technical schools offer courses in topics such as electronics installation, digital electronics and electronic components.

Step 2: Get On-the-Job Training

On-the-job training allows a new electronic service engineer to practice efficiently installing, maintaining and replacing electronic systems. New hires usually work alongside experienced workers until their skills are developed enough for them to work independently.

Step 3: Obtain Certification

Electronic service engineers who want to advance their knowledge and excel in their field might obtain voluntary certification. Several certification programs in electronic specialties are offered by the Electronics Technicians Association (ETA) International. To earn certification, candidates typically must pass exams and meet other specification depending upon the type of certification they are seeking. Certification is also offered by the International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians.

Keep Certification Current

To maintain certification, individuals generally must participate in continuing education opportunities within a certain time period. This might include attending training sessions and completing self-study courses.

To recap, an electronic service engineer generally needs to complete some postsecondary education and on-the-job training. Voluntary certification could improve job prospects.

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