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Career and Education Opportunities for Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers in Birmingham, Alabama

Many educational and employment opportunities exist for electrical and electronic equipment assemblers in the Birmingham, Alabama area. There are currently 3,220 working electrical and electronic equipment assemblers in Alabama; this should shrink by 13% to 2,780 working electrical and electronic equipment assemblers in the state by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for electrical and electronic equipment assemblers are expected to shrink by about 14.7%. Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers generally assemble or modify electrical or electronic equipment, such as computers, test equipment telemetering systems, electric motors, and batteries.

Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers earn about $15 hourly or $31,380 annually on average in Alabama and about $13 hourly or $27,490 per year on average nationally. Compared with people working in the overall category of Assembling and Fabrication, people working as electrical and electronic equipment assemblers in Alabama earn more. They earn less than people working in the overall category of Assembling and Fabrication nationally.

The Birmingham area is home to fifteen schools of higher education, including two within twenty-five miles of Birmingham where you can get a degree as an electrical and electronic equipment assembler. The most common level of education for electrical and electronic equipment assemblers is a high school diploma or GED. You can expect to spend only a short time studying to be an electrical and electronic equipment assembler if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assembler

Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assembler video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, electrical and electronic equipment assemblers assemble or modify electrical or electronic equipment, such as computers, test equipment telemetering systems, electric motors, and batteries.

Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers read and interpret schematic drawings and reports in order to establish materials requirements and assembly instructions. Finally, electrical and electronic equipment assemblers explain assembly procedures or techniques to other staff.

Every day, electrical and electronic equipment assemblers are expected to be able to see details at a very fine level of focus. They need to visualize how things come together and can be organized. It is also important that they listen to and understand others in meetings.

It is important for electrical and electronic equipment assemblers to position and adjust workpieces and electrical components to enable wiring and assembly. They are often called upon to clean components, using cleaning solutions and cloths. They also mark and tag components so that stock inventory can be tracked and identified. They are sometimes expected to assemble electrical or electronic systems and support structures; and install components, units and assembly casings, using rivets, bolts, soldering and micro-welding equipment. Somewhat less frequently, electrical and electronic equipment assemblers are also expected to pack finished assemblies for shipment and transport them to storage areas, using hoists or handtrucks.

Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers sometimes are asked to complete and maintain production, time, and component waste reports. They also have to be able to paint structures as specified, using paint sprayers and explain assembly procedures or techniques to other staff. And finally, they sometimes have to adjust or remove electrical or electronic component components to fix defects and to insure conformance to given requirements.

Like many other jobs, electrical and electronic equipment assemblers must be thorough and dependable and be reliable.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assembler Training

Lawson State Community College-Birmingham Campus - Birmingham, AL

Lawson State Community College-Birmingham Campus, 3060 Wilson Rd SW, Birmingham, AL 35221-1717. Lawson State Community College-Birmingham Campus is a small college located in Birmingham, Alabama. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 3,507 students. Lawson State Community College-Birmingham Campus has less than one year, one to two year, and associate's degree programs in Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician which graduated zero, zero, and six students respectively in 2008.

Bevill State Community College - Sumiton, AL

Bevill State Community College, 101 State St, Sumiton, AL 35148. Bevill State Community College is a small college located in Sumiton, Alabama. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 3,860 students. Bevill State Community College has less than one year, one to two year, and associate's degree programs in Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician which graduated zero, zero, and two students respectively in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Associate Certified Electronics Technician: Knowledge areas include: Electrical Theory, Electronic Components, Soldering-Desoldering & Tools, Block Diagrams - Schematics - Wiring Diagrams, Cabling, Power Supplies, test Equipment & Measurements, Safety Precautions, Mathematics & Formulas, Radio Communication Technology, Electronic Circuits: Series & Parallel, Amplifiers, Interfacing of Electronics Products, Digital Concepts & Circuitry, Computer Electronics, Computer Applications, Audio & Video Systems, Optical Electronics, Telecommunications Basics, Technician Work Procedures.

For more information, see the ETA International website.

IPC J-STD-001 Requirements for Soldered Electrical & Electronic Assemblies: The IPC/EIA J-STD-001 Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies has emerged as the preeminent authority for electronics assembly manufacturing.

For more information, see the IPC (Institute of Interconnecting and Packaging Electronic Circuits) website.

IPC-A-600 Acceptability of Printed Circuit Boards: The IPC-A-600 Training and Certification Program helps all segments of the electronics interconnection industry improve their understanding of printed board quality issues; greatly enhances communication between PCB manufacturers, their suppliers and their customers; and provides a valuable portable credential to industry professionals as well as recognition for their companies.

For more information, see the IPC (Institute of Interconnecting and Packaging Electronic Circuits) website.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham, Alabama
Birmingham, Alabama photo by Eric_in_SF

Birmingham is located in Jefferson County, Alabama. It has a population of over 228,798, which has shrunk by 5.8% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Birmingham, 81, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Birmingham cost $187,300 on average, which is well above the state average. In 2008, one hundred thirty-two new homes were built in Birmingham, down from two hundred thirty-two the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Birmingham are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is construction, accommodation and food services, and health care. The average travel time to work is about 24 minutes. More than 18.5% of Birmingham residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 6.6%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Birmingham is 12.5%, which is greater than Alabama's average of 10.7%.

The percentage of Birmingham residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 60.1%, is more than both the national and state average. Williams Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Westminister Presbyterian Church and West End Methodist Church are all churches located in Birmingham. The most common religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the United Methodist Church and the Catholic Church.

Birmingham is home to the Mineral Park Municipal Golf Course and the Cooper Green Golf Course as well as Avondale Mills Park and Smithfield Historic District. Shopping malls in the area include Acipco Shopping Center, Altadena Square Shopping Center and Parkway East Huffman Shopping Center. Visitors to Birmingham can choose from Marriott Hotel Birmingham, Rime Garden Extended Stay Suites and Studioplus for temporary stays in the area.