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Working As An Electrical Mechanical Technician

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • $46,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Electrical Mechanical 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 Mechanical 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 Mechanical Technician Career Paths

Electrical Mechanical Technician
Field Service Technician Service Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Systems Administrator Consultant
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Systems Administrator Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Supervisor Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Chief Engineer
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Owner/Operator General Contractor Superintendent
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Owner/Operator Owner Facilities Manager
Chief Engineer
9 Yearsyrs
Owner/Operator Maintenance Manager Production Manager
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Construction Manager Quality Control Manager
Controls Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Instrument And Electrical Technician Instrument And Controls Technician Instrumentation & Control Engineer
Senior Electrical Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Instrument And Electrical Technician Electrical Supervisor Electrical Superintendent
Electrical Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Instrument And Electrical Technician Electrical Controls Technician Controls Engineer
Manager Of Electrical Engineering
12 Yearsyrs
Electrician/Mechanic Electrical Foreman Electrical Engineer
Electrical Engineer Lead
8 Yearsyrs
Electrician/Mechanic Maintenance Electrician Electrical Engineer
Senior Electrical Designer
14 Yearsyrs
Electrician/Mechanic Industrial Electrician Electrical Engineer
Electrical Engineering Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Technologist Senior Engineer Lead Engineer
Senior Engineering Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Electrical Controls Technician Controls Engineer Systems Integrator
Senior Electronics Technician
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Electrical Mechanical Technician
Electrician 11.1%
Technician 7.3%
Mechanic 3.3%
Welder 2.4%
Owner 2.3%
Top Careers After Electrical Mechanical Technician
Technician 6.2%
Mechanic 3.8%
Owner 2.6%

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Top Skills for An Electrical Mechanical Technician

  1. Electrical Systems
  2. Electric Motors
  3. Preventative Maintenance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained mechanical and critical electrical systems in an interruption free environment.
  • Serviced and repaired backup generators to include electric motors.
  • Tracked equipment downtime, trouble history and prioritized maintenance activity, including preventative maintenance, overhauls, and equipment replacement.
  • Maintain, service and repair all Make and models of air compressors.
  • Adjusted and replaced defective or improperly functioning circuitry and electronics components, using hand tools and soldering iron.

Electrical Mechanical Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

86.6%

Unknown

8.1%

Female

5.3%
Ethnicity

White

58.8%

Hispanic or Latino

18.6%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

8.2%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

39.1%

Vietnamese

13.0%

German

13.0%

French

13.0%

Chinese

4.3%

Dutch

4.3%

Welsh

4.3%

Carrier

4.3%

Italian

4.3%
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Electrical Mechanical Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.2%

Community College of the Air Force

7.1%

University of Houston

7.1%

Universal Technical Institute

7.1%

Triangle Tech - Bethlehem

5.3%

Colorado Technical University

5.3%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

4.4%

North Shore Community College

4.4%

More Tech Institute

4.4%

Lincoln Technical Institute

4.4%

Ranken Technical College

4.4%

Pennsylvania College of Technology

3.5%

IVY TECH STATE COLLEGE - KOKOMO - Health Sciences

3.5%

Arizona State University

3.5%

Pennsylvania State University

3.5%

The Academy

3.5%

Monroe Community College

3.5%

University of Connecticut

3.5%

De Anza College

3.5%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

3.5%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

26.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

24.1%

Industrial Technology

7.2%

Business

6.8%

Automotive Technology

4.0%

Mechanical Engineering

3.5%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

2.9%

Computer Science

2.6%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.5%

Drafting And Design

2.2%

General Studies

2.0%

Management

2.0%

Information Technology

2.0%

Engineering

2.0%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.0%

Computer Information Systems

1.9%

Education

1.6%

Aviation

1.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.5%

Fine Arts

1.2%
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Degrees

Other

38.7%

Associate

29.4%

Bachelors

17.1%

Certificate

8.0%

Diploma

4.1%

Masters

1.8%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.3%
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