Electronic bench technician jobs usually require an associate's degree in a related field, although bachelor's degree options are available for those who are interested. Electronic bench technicians may also choose to pursue voluntary certification. The outlook for these positions in this field is for jobs to decline.
Electronic bench technicians repair or assemble electronic equipment, but usually at a remote location, away from the main assembling plant. Qualified professionals are employed by integrated circuit or telecommunications companies as well as independent contractors. Most positions require candidates to have an associate's degree in electronic technology. Optional certifications are available through the International Society of Certified Electronic Technicians (ISCET).
|Required Education||Associate's degree in electronic technology|
|Optional Certifications||Available through the International Society of Certified Electronic Technicians|
|Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)||-1% for electrical and electronics installers and repairers*|
|Median Annual Salary (2020)||$62,010 for electrical and electronics installers and repairers, commercial and industrial equipment*|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Electronic bench technicians check for common problems such as defective manufacturing or loose connections, often referring to schematics and specifications to locate the malfunction. Since there are so many different types of electronics, it is important for an electronic bench technician to consistently upgrade their understanding of new products and technologies. Becoming adept at diagnosis requires the expertise and usage of diagnostic tools, signal generators and common hand tools.
Education and Certification Requirements
Many small colleges and trade schools offer Associate of Applied Sciences degrees in Electronic Technology. Students are introduced to microprocessors, integrated circuits, robotics and automated functions. Studies include databases, semiconductors, technical mathematics, industrial motors and laser systems. Students learn how to identify and work with electronic components, work on circuit boards, troubleshoot systems and work with wireless and electronic communications devices. Because electronic bench technicians often work with the public, courses include success planning, personnel customs and conflict management.
Bachelor's degree programs in electronic or electrical engineering technology are 4-year programs that are heavily mathematics-based, in addition to traditional general education requirements. More advanced topics are introduced such as electric and digital circuits, solid-state electronics, computer design and electrical machinery. Specific courses on digital design, logic circuits, diagnostic equipment and power supplies are available as electives.
Professional organizations like the International Society of Certified Electronic Technicians offer a number of professional certification options for graduates. The Associate Level Certification exam covers basic electronics, testing students' knowledge of math, circuits, transistors and troubleshooting. A 75% or better score results in a 4-year certification. Advanced tests are offered in multimedia systems and service or national appliance certifications.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment for electrical and electronics installers and repairers, including bench technicians, is expected to see a decline during the 2019-2029 decade. In May 2020, the BLS reported that the average annual income for electronics repairers who work on commercial and industrial equipment was $63,350.
Electronics bench engineers often work for integrated circuit or telecommunications companies. They work on repairing and assembling electronic equipment. These jobs have an average salary of about $63,000 per year.