Electrical Engineering Technicians

Manufacturing > Manufacturing Production Process Development

Projected Growth: Little or no change

12700+
Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

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:
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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.

Tasks

    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.

Tools

Wrist anti-static straps

Wire wrap guns

Wire strippers

Wire cutters

Wire crimpers

Welding hoods

Welding goggles

All Tools

Welders

Wattmeters

Voltage testers

Voltage probes

Transformers

Tachometers

Stroboscopes

Spectrum analyzers

Soldering stations

Soldering equipment

Signal measuring equipment

Signal generators

Screwdrivers

Radio frequency RF spectrum analyzers

Radio frequency RF signal generators

Radio frequency RF amplifiers

Q meters

Programmable logic controllers PLC

Power screwdrivers

Power meters

Power drills

Potentiometers

Phase shifters

Phase shift indicators

Personal computers

Oscilloscopes

Ohmmeters

Notebook computers

Nanosecond universal counters

Multimeters

Microprocessors

Microcomputers

Metal-oxide varistors MOV

Magnetic pickup tools

Logic analyzers

Lasers

Laser printers

Laptop computers

Impedance meters

Harmonic analyzers

Function generators

Frequency counters

Dynamometers

Dual power supplies

Direct current DC potentiometers

Digital voltmeters DVM

Digital plotters

Digital cameras

Desoldering stations

Desktop computers

Dataloggers

Current probes

Computerized numerical control CNC machining centers

Brushless direct current DC motors

Binocular light compound microscopes

Bench lathes

Anti-static heel grounders

Ammeters

Alternating current AC generators

Adjustable wrenches

Adjustable widemouth pliers

Technologies

Altium Designer

Autodesk Revit

Bentley MicroStation

Computer aided design CAD software

National Instruments LabVIEW

National Instruments Multisim

OrCAD Capture

All Technologies

Python

Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software

Assembler

Bentley Systems ProjectWise

Cadence PSpice

Computer aided software engineering CASE tools

Computer-aided engineering CAE software

Debugging software

Emulators

Mentor Graphics ModelSim

Oracle software

Programmable logic controller PLC software

Proportional integral derivative control PID software

Rockwell RSLogix

Rockwell RSView

Root cause analysis software

Verilog

Wonderware InTouch HMI

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.

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.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Speaking

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Equipment Maintenance

Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

Troubleshooting

Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

Repairing

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.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Writing

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Coordination

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Abilities

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

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Occupation Sections

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.

Mathematics

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.

Mechanical

Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Design

Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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