Electrical Engineering Technician

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Associate's degree

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What They Do

Electrical Engineering Technicians Career Video

Tests or modifies developmental or operational electrical machinery or electrical control equipment and circuitry in industrial or commercial plants or laboratories. Usually work under direction of engineers or technologists.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Manufacturing Production Process Development pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Assembles electrical systems or prototypes, using hand tools or measuring instruments.
  • Builds, calibrates, maintains, troubleshoots, or repairs electrical instruments or testing equipment.
  • Inspects electrical project work for quality control and assurance.
  • Identifies solutions to on-site technical design problems involving electrical systems equipment.
  • Collaborates with electrical engineers or other personnel to identify, define, or solve developmental problems.
  • Sets up or operates test equipment to evaluate performance of developmental parts, assemblies, or systems under simulated operating conditions.
  • Reviews existing electrical engineering criteria to identify necessary revisions, deletions, or amendments to outdated material.
  • Modifies electrical prototypes, parts, assemblies, or systems to correct functional deviations.
  • Prepares, reviews, or coordinates ongoing modifications to contract specifications or plans.
  • Builds or tests electrical components of electric-drive vehicles or prototype vehicles.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Electrical Technician
  • Engineering Assistant
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  • Generation Technician
  • Instrument and Controls Technician (I & C Technician)
  • Relay Tester
  • Results Technician
  • Test Specialist
  • Test Technician