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Working As An Electrical Assistant

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • $41,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Electrical Assistant Do

Electrical and electronics engineering technicians help engineers design and develop computers, communications equipment, medical monitoring devices, navigational equipment, and other electrical and electronic equipment. They often work in product evaluation and testing, using measuring and diagnostic devices to adjust, test, and repair equipment. They are also involved in the manufacture and deployment of equipment for automation.

Duties

Electrical engineering technicians typically do the following:

  • Put together electrical and electronic systems and prototypes
  • Build, calibrate, and repair electrical instruments or testing equipment
  • Visit construction sites to observe conditions affecting design
  • Identify solutions to technical design problems that arise during the construction of electrical systems
  • Inspect designs for quality control, report findings, and make recommendations
  • Draw diagrams and write specifications to clarify design details of experimental electronics units

Electrical engineering technicians install and maintain electrical control systems and equipment, and modify electrical prototypes, parts, and assemblies to correct problems. When testing systems, they set up test equipment and evaluate the performance of developmental parts, assemblies, or systems under simulated conditions. They then analyze test information to resolve design-related problems.

Electronics engineering technicians typically do the following:

  • Design basic circuitry and draft sketches to clarify details of design documentation, under engineers’ direction
  • Build prototypes from rough sketches or plans
  • Assemble, test, and maintain circuitry or electronic components according to engineering instructions, technical manuals, and knowledge of electronics
  • Adjust and replace defective circuitry and electronic components
  • Make parts, such as coils and terminal boards, by using bench lathes, drills, or other machine tools

Electronics engineering technicians identify and resolve equipment malfunctions and then work with manufacturers to get replacement parts. They also calibrate and perform preventative maintenance on equipment and systems.

These technicians often need to read blueprints, schematic drawings, and engineering instructions for assembling electronic units. They also write reports and record data on testing techniques, laboratory equipment, and specifications.

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How To Become An Electrical Assistant

Electrical and electronics engineering technicians typically need an associate’s degree.

Education

Programs for electrical and electronics engineering technicians usually lead to an associate’s degree in electrical or electronics engineering technology. Vocational–technical schools include postsecondary institutions that serve local students and emphasize training needed by local employers.

Community colleges offer programs similar to those in technical institutes but include more theory-based and liberal arts coursework. Some of these colleges allow students to concentrate in computer electronics, industrial electronics, or communications electronics.

Prospective electrical and electronics engineering technicians usually take courses in ANSI C, C++ programming, Java programming, physics, microprocessors, and circuitry. The Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET accredits programs that include at least college algebra, trigonometry, and basic science courses.

Important Qualities

Logical-thinking skills. Electrical and electronics engineering technicians must isolate and then identify problems for the engineering staff to work on. They need good reasoning skills to identify and fix problems. Technicians must also be able to follow a logical sequence or specific set of rules to carry out engineers’ designs, inspect designs for quality control, and put together prototypes.

Math skills. Electrical and electronics engineering technicians use math for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Mechanical skills. Electronics engineering technicians in particular must be able to use hand tools and soldering irons on small circuitry and electronic parts to create detailed electronic components by hand.

Observational skills. Electrical engineering technicians sometimes visit construction sites to make sure that electrical engineers’ designs are being carried out correctly. They are responsible for evaluating projects onsite and reporting problems to engineers.

Problem-solving skills. Electrical and electronics engineering technicians create what engineers have designed and often test the designs to make sure that they work. Technicians help to resolve any problems that come up in carrying out the engineers’ designs.

Writing skills. These technicians must write reports about onsite construction, the results of testing, or problems they find when carrying out designs. Their writing must be clear and well organized so that the engineers they work with can understand the reports.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) offers certification in electrical power testing. This certification would benefit those technicians working in the electric power generation, transmission, and distribution industry.

ETA International also offers certifications in several fields, including basic electronics, biomedical, and renewable energy.

The International Society of Automation offers certification as a Control Systems Technician. To gain such certification, technicians must demonstrate skills in pneumatic, mechanical, and electronic instrumentation. In addition, they must demonstrate an understanding of process control loops and process control systems.

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Electrical Assistant Career Paths

Electrical Assistant
Electrician Foreman Superintendent
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Electrician Foreman Supervisor
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Technician Foreman Superintendent
Construction Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Electrical Technician Field Service Technician Owner
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Electrical Technician Field Service Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Chief Engineer
9 Yearsyrs
Electrical Technician Field Service Technician Owner/Operator
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Lead Person Supervisor Superintendent
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Person Supervisor Property Manager
Director Of Property Management
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Person Owner Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Production Supervisor Quality Control Supervisor
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Test Engineer Electrical Engineer
Senior Electrical Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Engineering Technician
Senior Electronics Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Electrical Engineer
Electrical Engineering Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Electrician Helper Journeyman Electrician Electrical Superintendent
Electrical Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Master Electrician 6.2 years
Electrical Foreman 5.0 years
Electrician 4.3 years
Electrical Worker 3.4 years
Electrical Helper 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Electrical Assistant
Cashier 10.3%
Technician 6.0%
Cook 5.6%
Assistant 5.2%
Manager 3.4%
Driver 3.4%
Top Careers After Electrical Assistant
Electrician 11.5%
Cashier 5.9%
Technician 5.7%
Driver 5.5%
Assistant 4.7%
Mechanic 4.1%
Supervisor 3.5%
Internship 3.5%
Server 2.9%

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Top Skills for An Electrical Assistant

  1. Electrical Systems
  2. Conduit Ends
  3. Light Fixtures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed building maintenance, installed alarm security systems while insuring all electrical systems and the installation where up-to-date.
  • Assembled new light fixtures in needed areas, and replaced old fixtures with newer up to date models.
  • Disassembled defective electrical equipment, replaced faulty or dilapidated parts, and reassembled equipment by utilizing hand tools.
  • Assist with installing, connecting to and/or replacing circuit breakers, fuses, switches, transformers and other electrical components.
  • Replaced fuses, light sockets, bulbs, switches and defective electrical equipment.

Electrical Assistant Demographics

Gender

Male

82.7%

Unknown

10.3%

Female

7.0%
Ethnicity

White

58.9%

Hispanic or Latino

18.4%

Black or African American

13.5%

Asian

6.0%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

81.1%

Chinese

5.4%

Portuguese

2.7%

Chamorro

2.7%

Albanian

2.7%

Mandarin

2.7%

Polish

2.7%
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Electrical Assistant Education

Schools

Apex Technical School

11.3%

University of Phoenix

9.4%

The Academy

6.6%

A-Technical College

6.6%

Youngstown State University

5.7%

Trident Technical College

4.7%

Universal Technical Institute

4.7%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

4.7%

Lincoln Technical Institute

4.7%

Thompson Institute

3.8%

Michigan State University

3.8%

Community College of Philadelphia

3.8%

Fox Valley Technical College

3.8%

Tulsa Welding School

3.8%

Joliet Junior College

3.8%

Kirkwood Community College

3.8%

Texas A&M University

3.8%

Durham Technical Community College

3.8%

Bergen Community College

3.8%

Albany Technical College

3.8%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering Technology

17.3%

Business

15.8%

Electrical Engineering

15.5%

General Studies

4.7%

Criminal Justice

4.7%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

4.5%

Graphic Design

3.7%

Education

3.3%

Computer Science

3.0%

Automotive Technology

3.0%

Management

3.0%

Precision Metal Working

2.8%

Accounting

2.8%

Liberal Arts

2.7%

Mechanical Engineering

2.5%

Industrial Technology

2.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.3%

Drafting And Design

2.0%

Psychology

2.0%

Construction Management

2.0%
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Degrees

Other

38.4%

Bachelors

27.3%

Associate

16.4%

Certificate

8.1%

Masters

5.1%

Diploma

3.9%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.3%
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