Projected Growth: Little or no change
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
Your job is to Test or modify 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.
Common job titles of Electrical Engineering Technicians include:
Experience and Education
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
31.68% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.
25.29% said they needed a Associate's Degree.
Interpret test information to resolve design-related problems.
Collaborate with electrical engineers or other personnel to identify, define, or solve developmental problems.
Build, calibrate, maintain, troubleshoot, or repair electrical instruments or testing equipment.
Inspect electrical project work for quality control and assurance.
Build or test electrical components of electric-drive vehicles or prototype vehicles.
Assess electrical components for consumer electronics applications, such as fuel cells for consumer electronic devices, power saving devices for computers or televisions, or energy efficient power chargers.
Evaluate engineering proposals, shop drawings, or design comments for sound electrical engineering practice or conformance with established safety or design criteria.
Assemble electrical systems or prototypes, using hand tools or measuring instruments.
Participate in the development or testing of electrical aspects of new green technologies, such as lighting, optical data storage devices, or energy efficient televisions.
Plan method or sequence of operations for developing or testing experimental electronic or electrical equipment.
Identify solutions to on-site technical design problems involving electrical systems equipment.
Assemble or test solar photovoltaic products, such as inverters or energy management systems.
Review existing electrical engineering criteria to identify necessary revisions, deletions, or amendments to outdated material.
Plan, schedule, or monitor work of project support personnel.
Write engineering specifications to clarify design details or functional criteria of experimental electronics units.
Provide technical assistance in resolving electrical engineering problems encountered before, during, or after construction.
Set up or operate test equipment to evaluate performance of developmental parts, assemblies, or systems under simulated operating conditions.
Create or modify electrical components to be used in renewable energy generation.
Modify electrical prototypes, parts, assemblies, or systems to correct functional deviations.
Install or maintain electrical control systems or solid state equipment.
Write procedures for the commissioning of electrical installations.
Prepare, review, or coordinate ongoing modifications to contract specifications or plans.
Perform supervisory duties, such as recommending work assignments, approving leaves, or completing performance evaluations.
Prepare electrical project cost or work-time estimates.
Wrist anti-static straps
Wire wrap guns
Welding gogglesAll Tools
Signal measuring equipment
Radio frequency RF spectrum analyzers
Radio frequency RF signal generators
Radio frequency RF amplifiers
Programmable logic controllers PLC
Phase shift indicators
Nanosecond universal counters
Metal-oxide varistors MOV
Magnetic pickup tools
Dual power supplies
Direct current DC potentiometers
Digital voltmeters DVM
Computerized numerical control CNC machining centers
Brushless direct current DC motors
Binocular light compound microscopes
Anti-static heel grounders
Alternating current AC generators
Adjustable widemouth pliers
Computer aided design CAD software
National Instruments LabVIEW
National Instruments Multisim
OrCAD CaptureAll Technologies
Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software
Bentley Systems ProjectWise
Computer aided software engineering CASE tools
Computer-aided engineering CAE software
Mentor Graphics ModelSim
Programmable logic controller PLC software
Proportional integral derivative control PID software
Root cause analysis software
Wonderware InTouch HMI
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Quality Control Analysis
Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
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.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Production and Processing
Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.