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Career and Education Opportunities for Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers can find both educational opportunities and jobs in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area. There are currently 900 jobs for electrical and electronic equipment assemblers in Iowa and this is projected to shrink by 18% to about 740 jobs by 2016. 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. 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.

A person working as an electrical and electronic equipment assembler can expect to earn about $11 per hour or $24,350 annually on average in Iowa and about $13 hourly or $27,490 annually on average in the U.S. as a whole. Incomes for electrical and electronic equipment assemblers are not quite as good as in the overall category of Assembling and Fabrication in Iowa, and not quite as good as the overall Assembling and Fabrication category nationally.

There are thirteen schools of higher education in the Cedar Rapids area, including one within twenty-five miles of Cedar Rapids where you can get a degree to start your career 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 training to become 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

Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, IA

Kirkwood Community College, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52406-2068. Kirkwood Community College is a large college located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 15,241 students. Kirkwood Community College has an associate's degree program in Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician which graduated eighteen 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: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Cedar Rapids, Iowa photo by Davumaya

Cedar Rapids is located in Linn County, Iowa. It has a population of over 128,056, which has grown by 6.0% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Cedar Rapids, 78, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Cedar Rapids are valued at $103,900 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, two hundred ninety-nine new homes were built in Cedar Rapids, up from two hundred ninety-eight the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Cedar Rapids are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is construction, professional, scientific, and technical services, and accommodation and food services. The average commute to work is about 17 minutes. More than 28.4% of Cedar Rapids residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 7.4%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Cedar Rapids is 6.0%, which is less than Iowa's average of 6.1%.

The percentage of Cedar Rapids residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 57.0%, is more than the national average but less than the state average. Seventh Day Church of God, Sevanth-Day Adventist Church and Hope Lutheran Church are some of the churches located in Cedar Rapids. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the United Methodist Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Cedar Rapids is home to the Brucemore and the Admissions Office as well as Tomahawk Park and Noelridge Park. Shopping centers in the area include Mays Shopping Center, Lindale Plaza Shopping Center and Town and Country Shopping Center. Visitors to Cedar Rapids can choose from Howard Johnson, Marriott Cedar Rapids and Clarion Hotel & Convention Center for temporary stays in the area.