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Working As An Electrical Engineering Technician

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • $60,422

    Average Salary

What Does An Electrical Engineering Technician 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 Engineering Technician

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 Engineering Technician Career Paths

Electrical Engineering Technician
Controls Technician Maintenance Manager Construction Manager
Commissioning Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Electrical Engineer Project Manager Program Manager
Development & Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Senior Electrical Engineer
Electrical Engineer Lead
8 Yearsyrs
Controls Engineer Instrumentation Engineer Electrical Project Engineer
Electrical Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Technician Project Manager Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineering Technologist Project Engineer
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineering Technologist Mechanical Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Technician Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering/Maintenance Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Controls Engineer Engineering Supervisor Facility Engineer
Facilities/Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Product Manager
Product Line Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Design Engineer Electrical Engineer
Senior Electrical Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Controls Technician Field Service Technician
Senior Electronics Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Systems Engineer
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Electrical Engineer Principal Engineer Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Test Technician 3.0 years
Top Employers Before
Technician 4.7%
Engineer 2.7%
Owner 2.3%
Top Employers After
Engineer 3.7%
Owner 2.9%
Consultant 2.9%

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Electrical Engineering Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

89.3%

Female

9.0%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

60.6%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

9.8%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.9%

French

12.9%

Carrier

12.9%

Portuguese

6.5%

Arabic

6.5%

Chinese

3.2%

German

3.2%

Japanese

3.2%

Cantonese

3.2%

Thai

3.2%

Italian

3.2%
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Electrical Engineering Technician Education

Schools

Purdue University

8.1%

Rochester Institute of Technology

7.1%

University of Houston

7.1%

Old Dominion University

6.1%

University of Phoenix

6.1%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

6.1%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

5.1%

Milwaukee School of Engineering

5.1%

Northeastern University

5.1%

Community College of Allegheny County

5.1%

University of North Dakota

4.0%

University of Central Missouri

4.0%

University of Texas at San Antonio

4.0%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.0%

Pennsylvania State University

4.0%

Orange Coast College

4.0%

Drexel University

4.0%

Strayer University

4.0%

Johns Hopkins University

4.0%

ITT Technical Institute - Indianapolis

3.0%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

41.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

23.2%

Business

5.3%

Engineering

4.2%

Computer Engineering

3.1%

Computer Science

2.5%

Engineering Technology

2.0%

Drafting And Design

2.0%

Mechanical Engineering

2.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.0%

Automotive Technology

1.5%

Management

1.5%

Computer Engineering Technology

1.5%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

1.2%

Project Management

1.2%

Electrical/Electronics Maintenance And Repair Technology

1.2%

Computer Information Systems

1.2%

Communication

1.0%

Computer Networking

1.0%

Industrial Technology

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.5%

Associate

21.9%

Other

21.1%

Masters

9.9%

Certificate

5.1%

Diploma

2.5%

Doctorate

0.7%

License

0.3%
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Real Electrical Engineering Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Electrical Engineer-SR. Member of Technical Staf Forza Silicon Corporation Pasadena, CA Jul 21, 2013 $100,000
Senior Electrical Engineering Technologist Edge Finance, LLC Pinehurst, TX Mar 21, 2016 $90,000
Electrical Engineering Technologist Automation Systems & Diagnostics, Inc. Apex, NC Aug 14, 2015 $86,237
Electrical Engineer/Power Engineering Technology Consumers Energy Company Essexville, MI Aug 15, 2016 $86,040
Electrical Enginer/Technical Sales Engineer Kobelco Compressors America Inc. Corona, CA Dec 12, 2015 $83,196
Electrical Engineer//Technical Sales Engineer Kobelco Compressors America, Inc. Corona, CA Oct 01, 2015 $83,196
Electrical Engineering Technician Walter T. Gorman, P.E., P.C. New York, NY Sep 30, 2014 $82,000
Electrical Engineering Technician Autorica, LLC. LaGrange, GA May 19, 2015 $80,000
Electrical Engineering Technologist Virtual Power Systems, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 20, 2016 $75,000
Electrical Engineering Technician Hamco America, Inc. West Point, GA Nov 10, 2016 $71,198
RF Engineer .02 Electrical Engineering Technologists Presto Engineering, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 17, 2016 $70,000
Electrical Engineering Technologist Raimbow Home Improvement Inc. New York, NY Jul 10, 2016 $68,869
Electrical Engineering Technologist Raimbow Home Improvement Inc. New York, NY Jul 18, 2016 $68,869
SR. Electrical Field Engineering Technician Electric Power Systems International, Inc. Gilbert, AZ Sep 15, 2016 $59,700
SR. Electrical Engineering Technician JOON, LLC D/B/A AJIN USA Cusseta, AL Jun 29, 2016 $58,885
Electrical Engineering Technician III Mobis Alabama, LLC West Point, GA Feb 19, 2016 $58,032
Technical Programmer/Electrical Engineer National Electric Coil Company, LP Brownsville, TX Dec 01, 2014 $57,366
Electrical Engineer-Purchasing and Technical SUP NAC Group, Inc. Saint Petersburg, FL Sep 17, 2014 $57,309
Electrical Engineering Technologist Gowell International LLC Houston, TX Jul 25, 2016 $57,000
Electrical Engineering Technologist Hana Factory Automation Corporation Opelika, AL May 01, 2015 $56,368
Electrical Engineering Technologist C. Hood and Associates, Inc. CA Jul 19, 2013 $49,462
Senior Electrical Engineering Technician Sungwon Alabama Corp. Montgomery, AL Feb 29, 2016 $49,000 -
$55,000
Electrical Engineering Technologist Svtronics, Inc. Plano, TX Sep 06, 2013 $49,000
Electrical Engineering Technologist Svtronics, Inc. Plano, TX Sep 09, 2016 $49,000
Electrical Engineering Technologist Svtronics, Inc. Plano, TX Mar 09, 2016 $49,000
Electrical Engineering Technologist Svtronics, Inc. MI Sep 06, 2013 $49,000
Electrical Engineering Technologist Svtronics, Inc. Plano, TX Sep 03, 2015 $49,000
LED Electrical Engineering Technician Bitro Group, Inc. Hackensack, NJ Nov 18, 2015 $48,693

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Top Skills for An Electrical Engineering Technician

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  1. Engineering Department
  2. PLC
  3. Test Plans
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  • Coordinated the calibration of the Engineering Department's calibration reference test equipment.
  • Designed and compiled a program to communicate and designate commands between the Main-Control-PLC and the new rubber-mixer's stand-alone-PLC.
  • Implemented online system for testing documentation, tracking and reporting that provided sharing of test plans among team members.
  • Assisted in implementation of production line expansion including the installation of new equipment and safety monitoring devices.
  • Utilized various electric and electronic test equipment in the diagnosis and inspection of electrical distribution systems and system failures.

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