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Career and Education Opportunities for Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers in Elgin, Illinois

Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers can find both educational opportunities and jobs in the Elgin, Illinois area. About 8,180 people are currently employed as electrical and electronic equipment assemblers in Illinois. By 2016, this is expected to shrink by 30% to 5,740 people employed. This is not quite as good as the national trend for electrical and electronic equipment assemblers, which sees this job pool shrinking by about 14.7% over the next eight years. 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 approximately $11 hourly or $22,950 per year on average in Illinois. Nationally they average about $13 per hour or $27,490 per year. Incomes for electrical and electronic equipment assemblers are not quite as good as in the overall category of Assembling and Fabrication in Illinois, and not quite as good as the overall Assembling and Fabrication category nationally.

The Elgin area is home to sixty-one schools of higher education, including two within twenty-five miles of Elgin 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. It will take only a short time to learn 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.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Elgin include:

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assembler Training

College of DuPage - Glen Ellyn, IL

College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6599. College of DuPage is a large college located in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 25,668 students. College of DuPage has 2 areas of study related to Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assembler. They are:

  • Communications Systems Installation and Repair Technology, associate's degree which graduated 2 students in 2008.
  • Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician, associate's degree which graduated 5 students in 2008.

Harper College - Palatine, IL

Harper College, 1200 W Algonquin Rd, Palatine, IL 60067-7398. Harper College is a large college located in Palatine, Illinois. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 15,250 students. Harper College has a less than one year program in Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician which graduated twenty-six students 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: Elgin, Illinois

Elgin, Illinois
Elgin, Illinois photo by James Jordan

Elgin is located in Kane County, Illinois. It has a population of over 106,330, which has grown by 12.5% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Elgin, 104, is above the national average. New single-family homes in Elgin cost $156,500 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, three hundred thirty-two new homes were constructed in Elgin, down from seven hundred fifty-six the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Elgin are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is construction, metal and metal products, and administrative and support and waste management services. The average travel time to work is about 26 minutes. More than 20.5% of Elgin residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 6.0%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Elgin is 12.4%, which is greater than Illinois's average of 10.5%.

The percentage of Elgin residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 56.0%, is more than both the national and state average. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Seventh Day Adventist Church and Saint Thomas More Roman Catholic Church are some of the churches located in Elgin. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Elgin is home to the Fox Bluff Corporate Center and the Elgin Fire Station Number 2 as well as Wing Park and College Park. Shopping malls in the area include Wing Park Manor Shopping Center, Tyler Creek Plaza Shopping Center and Town and Country Plaza Shopping Center. Visitors to Elgin can choose from Elgin-Days Inn, Colonial Lodge Motel and Crowne Plaza for temporary stays in the area.