Graduates of the industrial electronics program (9419) typically install, repair, or replace a variety of electrical equipment in telecommunications, transportation, utilities, and manufacturing industries.
- Prepare cost estimates for clients
- Refer to service guides, schematics, and manufacturer specifications
- Repair or replace defective parts, such as motors, fuses, or gaskets
- Reassemble and test equipment after repairs
- Maintain records of parts used, labor time, and final charges
Because automated electronic control systems are becoming more complex, Industrial Electronics technicians use software programs and test equipment to diagnose malfunctions. Among the diagnostic tools are multi-meters that measure voltage, current, and resistance, and advanced multi-meters, which measure the capacitance, inductance, and current gain of transistors.
Industrial Electronics technicians also use signal generators, which provide test signals, and oscilloscopes, which display signals graphically. In addition, these technicians often use hand tools such as pliers, screwdrivers, and wrenches to replace faulty parts and adjust equipment.
The median annual wage for Industrial Electronics technicians was $51,220 in May 2012. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $28,240, and the top 10 percent earned more than $75,740. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics)
The industrial electronics program is not ETAC-ABET accredited.