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Electronics Engineering Technologist

Electronics engineering technologists help develop electronic-based circuits. They also set up and service electronic equipment and systems. They use both electronics theory and practical skills for these tasks.

  • Avg. Salary $77,509.00
  • Avg. Wage $36.77
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary
  • Outlook below avg
  • Employed 3,400
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Computer Engineering Technologist, Engineering Technologist

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists (2241.1) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians (C141) 
  • 2011 NOC: Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians (2241) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

35%
35%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Interest Codes
The Electronics Engineering Technologist is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists
OBJECTIVE

Interest in precision working to set up and operate specialized and standard equipment to test the performance of components, assemblies and systems

INNOVATIVE

Interest in analyzing information to carry out applied research in the fields of electrical and electronic engineering and physics under the direction of scientists and engineers; and in diagnosing and analyzing the performance of components, assemblies and systems

METHODICAL

Interest in supervising the building and testing of prototypes according to general instructions and established standards; and in conducting and supervising the installation, commissioning and operation of electrical and electronic equipment and systems other than aircraft electronics or instruments

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Mar 31, 2018

There are many areas of electronics. Technologists usually specialize in one of the following:

  • applied research and product development
  • electronic devices and systems design and manufacture
  • electronic systems and equipment setup, maintenance, and repair
  • systems management
  • technical sales
  • engineering assistance
  • embedded systems
  • automated testing.

In general, electronics engineering technologists:

  • assemble, install, repair, maintain, calibrate, design, prototype, and modify electronic circuitry, components, and systems
  • help with production and quality control
  • assemble circuitry for electronic systems (according to engineering instructions and technical manuals)
  • troubleshoot electronic instruments and systems (using electronic test equipment)
  • replace defective components and parts (using hand tools, precision instruments, and other industrial maintenance procedures)
  • build prototypes (models) from sketches or plans
  • do acceptance and performance tests on new components or systems
  • educate users about the proper use of equipment
  • consult with users about equipment needs and uses
  • inspect newly installed equipment (to adjust or correct problems)
  • write software programs
  • use computers to plan, schedule, and manage work functions
  • write technical reports.

Technologists may also depict electronics systems through sketches, graphs, and drawings. They work on many types of equipment, including:

  • analog and digital communication circuits and systems
  • digital networks
  • embedded microprocessor-controlled equipment and programmable logic controllers
  • computers, computer-controlled equipment, and computer networks
  • radio and TV broadcasting equipment
  • telephone switching equipment
  • microwave, satellite, and fibre optic communications systems
  • instrumentation (such as biomedical, oilfield, or environmental instruments)
  • electronic sensors, circuits, and systems in manufacturing (including nanofabrication)
  • computers and electronic equipment (used in the medical, manufacturing, industrial control, telecommunications, aeronautical, or military fields).
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Electronics engineering technologists often work in offices, shops, or production departments. Sometimes they work outdoors. They may travel short distances to install or service equipment.

Electronics engineering technologists often work on projects in teams. Deadline pressures and the need for intense focus can be stressful.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Electronics engineering technologists need to possess:

  • speaking and writing skills
  • an interest and skills in math and science
  • patience and persistence
  • the ability to manage time well
  • the ability to think critically
  • the ability to solve technical problems
  • fine motor skills and hand-eye co-ordination
  • the ability to work on a team
  • the ability to work to deadlines (under pressure)
  • an interest in continued learning.

They should enjoy:

  • working with tools, equipment, instruments, and machinery at precise tasks
  • studying problems and finding creative solutions
  • taking a step-by-step approach to their work
  • supervising others.
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Electronics engineering technologists must have at least a related 2-year diploma of technology.


Required Education

The following schools offer programs and courses that meet this occupation’s educational requirements. Other eligible programs and courses may be available.


Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Certified Engineering Technologist

Certified engineering technologists (CETs) apply industry-recognized codes, standards, procedures and practices to solve problems within their technological areas of expertise. Depending on their duties supervision by a Professional Engineer / Geoscientist or Professional Technologist (Engineering / Geoscience) may be required.

Legislation

Under Alberta’s Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act [pdf] and ASET Regulation [pdf], you must be a registered member of the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) to use the title Certified Engineering Technologist (CET). You do not have to be registered if you do not call yourself a Certified Engineering Technologist.

What You Need

Registration requires successful completion of:

  • an applied science, engineering or information technology program accredited at the technologist level by Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) or equivalent
  • at least 2 years of acceptable technical experience
  • 3 professional references
  • completion of a competency report
  • successful completion of ASET’s Professional Practice Exam.

Other requirements may include:

  • ASET certification exam
  • proficiency in English
  • proof of legal entitlement to work in Canada.

For detailed official information about registration requirements, contact ASET.

Working in Alberta

Certified engineering technologists who are registered and in good standing with a regulatory body in another province may transfer to Alberta as a Certified Engineering Technologist or Applied Science Technologist if the two jurisdictions require similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory in Canada? and the ASET website.

To learn about certification for internationally educated engineering technologists, see Mechanical Engineering Technologist Certification Process [pdf] and Electrical Engineering Technologist Certification Process [pdf] on the Opportunity Alberta website.

Contact Details

The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET)
1600, 9888 Jasper Ave.
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 5C6
Canada

Call: 780-425-0626
Toll-free in Alberta: 1-800-272-5619
Fax: 780-424-5053
Email: asetadmin@aset.ab.ca
Website: www.aset.ab.ca

Professional Technologist (Engineering or Geoscience)

Professional Technologists (Engineering) and Professional Technologists (Geoscience) are currently unique to Alberta. They practise independently in accordance with established methodologies and specifications in the fields of engineering and geoscience. They have the authority to sign off and stamp work within a prescribed scope of practice.

Legislation

Under Alberta’s Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act [pdf] and Professional Technologists Regulation [pdf], you must be registered as a Professional Technologist (Engineering or Geoscience) by the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) to practise engineering or geoscience within a prescribed scope of practice, or to use the titles Professional Technologist (Engineering) or Professional Technologist (Geoscience) or the abbreviations P.Tech. (Eng.) or P.Tech. (Geo.).

What You Need

To register as a Professional Technologist (Engineering or Geoscience), you must have:

  • A designation as a Certified Engineering Technologist (CET) in good standing
  • At least 6 years of work experience in areas that relate to engineering or geoscience, with at least 2 years under the supervision and control of an Alberta Professional Engineer or Professional Geologist in the your proposed area and scope of practice
  • At least 2 years of post-secondary education in areas that relate to your proposed area and scope of practice
  • At least 4 years of experience under the supervision and control of an Alberta Professional Engineer or Professional Geologist or at least 10 years of experience if your post-secondary education does not match your proposed area and scope of practice
  • 3 professional references
  • Proof of compliance with ASET’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program
  • Successful completion of the National Professional Practice Exam

Other requirements may include:

  • ASET Certification Exam
  • Demonstration of proficiency in English
  • Proof of legal entitlement to work in Canada

For detailed, official information, contact ASET.

Working in Alberta

Professional technologists with a license to practice engineering or geoscience are currently only recognized in Alberta. They may be eligible for a limited licence with engineering regulatory organizations in other jurisdictions. Information on obtaining a limited licence is available through the regulatory organizations.

Registered professional technologists in Alberta may transfer to another province and receive recognition as a Certified Engineering Technologist or Applied Science Technologist by completing the process set by the local provincial regulatory organizations for technologists. For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory in Canada? and the ASET website.

Contact Details

Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET)
1600, 9888 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 5C6
Canada

Call: 780-425-0626
Toll-free in Alberta: 1-800-272-5619
Fax: 780-424-5053
Email: asetadmin@aset.ab.ca
Website: www.aset.ab.ca

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Electronics engineering technologists work for:

  • manufacturers and retailers
  • users of electronic equipment and components
  • companies that use computers, biomedical equipment, integrated circuits instrumentation, and communications devices
  • energy, communication, and industrial automation companies
  • research and testing labs
  • microelectronic and nanofabrication centres
  • health care facilities
  • environmental monitoring companies
  • engineering consulting firms
  • the Canadian Armed Forces.

Demand is growing for technologists to work in technical sales and customer relations. They are also needed to supervise technical personnel. These positions require excellent people skills, including good speaking and listening skills. (To learn more, see the Technical Sales Representative occupational profile.)

Electronics engineering technologists are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2241: Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians. In Alberta, 75% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events that overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities that come up when people leave existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities   that come up when new positions are created)
  • size of the occupation.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

In Alberta, the C141: Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.3% from 2016 to 2020. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 77 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Salaries for electronics engineering technologists vary quite a bit.

Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

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Starting $16.00 $43.43 $31.19 $31.25
Overall $20.35 $50.46 $36.77 $37.71
Top $28.85 $56.95 $41.98 $43.14

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.


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Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

32%
32%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

35%
35%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

7%
7%

Vacancy Rate

7%
Related High School Subjects
  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Media, Design and Communication Arts
    • Design Studies
  • Natural Resources
    • Environmental Stewardship
  • Science
    • Physics
  • Trades, Manufacturing and Transportation
    • Electro-Technologies
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Engineering and Science Technologies
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) website: www.aset.ab.ca

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Updated Mar 31, 2018. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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