Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologists and Technicians

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Also known as:
Electrical Design Technician, Electrical Engineering Technician, Electrical Power Station Technician, Electronic Instrument Testing Technician, Lighting Engineering Technician, Programmable Logic Controller Programmer, Semiconductor Development Technician

ABOUT ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIST AND TECHNICIAN CAREERS
Video transcript

As production processes become more sophisticated, employers continue to look for technicians who are skilled in new technology. That is especially true for electrical and electronics technicians. These engineering technicians help design, develop, test, and manufacture electrical and electronic equipment such as radios, radar, sonar, television, industrial devices and computers.

Some assist engineers and scientists in research and development. Others prepare specifications for materials, devise and run tests to ensure product quality, or study ways to improve manufacturing efficiency. They may also supervise production workers to make sure they follow prescribed procedures.

Electrical technicians usually begin by performing routine duties under the close supervision of an experienced technician, technologist, engineer, or scientist. Although it is possible to qualify for some engineering technician jobs with no formal training, most employers prefer to hire someone with at least a 2-year degree in engineering technology.

As production of technical products continues to grow, competition will force companies to improve and update manufacturing facilities and product designs, and that means plenty of opportunities for electrical and electronics technicians.

SNAPSHOT

Apply electrical and electronic theory and related knowledge, usually under the direction of engineering staff, to design, build, repair, adjust, and modify electrical components, circuitry, controls, and machinery for subsequent evaluation and use by engineering staff in making engineering design decisions.

Daily tasks

Participate in training or continuing education activities to stay abreast of engineering or industry advances.

Modify electrical prototypes, parts, assemblies, or systems to correct functional deviations.

Provide user applications or engineering support or recommendations for new or existing equipment with regard to installation, upgrades, or enhancements.

Research equipment or component needs, sources, competitive prices, delivery times, or ongoing operational costs.

Review existing electrical engineering criteria to identify necessary revisions, deletions, or amendments to outdated material.

Review electrical engineering plans to ensure adherence to design specifications and compliance with applicable electrical codes and standards.

Specify, coordinate, or conduct quality control or quality assurance programs or procedures.

Produce electronics drawings or other graphics representing industrial control, instrumentation, sensors, or analog or digital telecommunications networks, using computer-aided design (CAD) software.

Assemble electrical systems or prototypes, using hand tools or measuring instruments.

Assemble, test, or maintain circuitry or electronic components, according to engineering instructions, technical manuals, or knowledge of electronics, using hand or power tools.

Compile and maintain records documenting engineering schematics, installed equipment, installation or operational problems, resources used, repairs, or corrective action performed.

MAIN ACTIVITIES
Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
Documenting/Recording Information Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
TOP SKILLS
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.