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A career in engineering has two options from where you can choose. You can either be an engineer or a technical engineer. Engineers and technician engineers require different educational qualification, requirements of license, duties, and salaries. Engineers are in charge of theory and principle application related to math and science, while doing research and providing solutions to development as wells as technical problems. For pursuing an engineering job one must have a bachelor's degree in this field, and it is better if a certificate is acquired in the field of science and math too. The median salary of engineers usually varies between $66,000 and $98,000, determined by the degree and specialty.

But a technician engineer only provides solution to technical problems while researching and in the process of development. Solutions are also provided to problems related in sales, manufacturing, inspection, maintenance, and construction by the usage of engineering, science and principles of math.

Technician engineers offer assistance to scientists and also the other engineers. Their work is more on the basis of application and thus has the limitation in scope unlike the other engineers. The technician engineers specialize in various disciplines of engineering such as, agriculture, aerospace, environment, chemical, mechanical, industrial, computers, nuclear, civil, petroleum, mining, electronic, geology, etc.

The job profile and skills of a technician engineers required in the field of development and research are to set up and build equipment, conduction and preparation of experiments, collection of data, calculation or recording of results, assistance to the engineers in various work of designing, involving the use of computers and also equipment of drafting or CADD. Then technician engineers also work toward the quality control. In this case, they have to do the inspection and processing of products, conduction of tests and collection of data. In the scenario of manufacturing, these engineers have to assist the other engineers in the production of designs, development, and in production.

Those who have the career objective to work as a technician engineer must at least have an associate degree in the field of engineering technology. Then one must also take up college courses in basic science, trigonometry, and algebra. The course achievement depends on the speciality. If you want to pursue a career as an electrical technician engineer then you have to take up courses related to digital electronics, microprocessors, and electrical circuit.

Though the certification as an engineering technician is on a voluntary basis, it can still fetch you a good prospect and it can provide you with a competitive edge to your resume and portfolio. This certification is given by the National Institute for Certification in the field of engineering technologies. This certification is inclusive of a written examination specialising in 30 fields, then you would also receive an experience based on your job, along with evaluation and recommendation as per the supervision. A technician engineer must have creative skills and also the ability to gel with the others for good.

Initially, technician engineers have to work under the guidance and supervision of other experienced technologists, technicians, scientists, and even engineers. After the garnering of experience, a larger number of difficult and complex assignments are given to them. Then they also have the scope of becoming supervisors in the future themselves too. A prior experience in a recognized firm or organization would uplift the prospect of employment of technician engineers, with better salary structure and also position. Future prospects of a technician engineer are bright if complete dedication and commitment is given.

Technician engineers have the largest number in the median annual earnings as per the employment of industries. Salaries of the various technician engineers follow in an annual basis: Electronic technician engineers get $50,660, Aerospace and operation technicians get $53,300, Civil engineering technicians get $38,480, Mechanical engineering technicians get $45,850, and Electro-mechanical technicians get $44,720 and Environmental engineering technicians get $40,560.

In all the disciplines, technician engineers and employment in this particular field of engineering is predicted to increase at a very fast rate more than any other profession or occupation in the future. The variation of a speciality though would influence the outlook. Like employment in the field of an environmental technician engineering would grow faster than the other fields. Then the electrical technician engineering employment would rather be slow and gradual in the growth. In the year 2006 around 511,000 technician engineers had held jobs. Of those an estimated 1/3rd of all the technician engineers were electronic and electrical technician engineers.
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