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Become An Electrical Technician

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Working As An Electrical Technician

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • $69,360

    Average Salary

What Does An Electrical 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 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 Technician Career Paths

Electrical Technician
Maintenance Supervisor Operations Manager Assistant Director
Director
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Production Manager Material Manager
Director Of Materials Management
6 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Instrument Technician Field Service Technician Maintenance Manager
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Construction Manager Contracts Manager
Government Contractor
8 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Systems Administrator Engineer
Lead Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Electrical Supervisor Maintenance Technician Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager Operations Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Controls Technician Project Manager Product Manager
Research And Development Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Engineer Design Engineer
Senior Design Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Operations Director Senior Technician Specialist
Senior Designer
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Maintenance Supervisor Electrical Engineer
Senior Electrical Designer
13 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Field Service Technician Electrical Engineer
Senior Electrical Engineer
12 Yearsyrs
Avionics Technician Electronics Technician
Senior Electronics Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Electrical Supervisor Maintenance Supervisor Engineering Technician
Senior Engineering Technician
9 Yearsyrs
Instrument Technician Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician
Senior Field Service Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
IE Technician Instrument Technician
Senior Instrument Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Controls Technician Network Engineer Design Engineer
Senior Mechanical Designer
11 Yearsyrs
Avionics Technician Technician Test Technician
Senior Test Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Field Engineer Assistant Superintendent
Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
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Electrical Technician Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    90.6%
  • Female

    7.6%
  • Unknown

    1.8%

Ethnicity

  • White

    76.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    13.0%
  • Asian

    7.8%
  • Unknown

    2.1%
  • Black or African American

    0.8%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    55.0%
  • Arabic

    8.6%
  • French

    7.9%
  • Portuguese

    3.6%
  • German

    3.6%
  • Russian

    2.1%
  • Italian

    2.1%
  • Chinese

    2.1%
  • Dakota

    2.1%
  • Vietnamese

    1.4%
  • Mandarin

    1.4%
  • Thai

    1.4%
  • Cantonese

    1.4%
  • Carrier

    1.4%
  • Japanese

    1.4%
  • Polish

    1.4%
  • Hmong

    0.7%
  • Hindi

    0.7%
  • Dutch

    0.7%
  • Ukrainian

    0.7%
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Real Electrical Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Electrical Engineerign Technicians Anlac, LLC Alexandria, VA Nov 25, 2011 $74,000
Electrical Technician 2Ls Consulting Engineering, P.C. New York, NY Oct 27, 2014 $68,308
Electrical Technician Sadowski Electric Services Inc. Elmwood Park, NJ Dec 31, 2015 $68,078
Electrical Technician Sadowski Electric Services Inc. Elmwood Park, NJ Oct 05, 2016 $68,078
Electrical Technician Seung Kwang LLC Montgomery, AL Mar 12, 2015 $63,970
Electrical Technician Hana Factory Automation Corporation Opelika, AL Feb 16, 2016 $60,757
Electrical Technician Oceaneering International Inc. Houston, TX Sep 12, 2015 $57,914
Electrical Technician ETS Automation, Inc. Spokane, WA Aug 01, 2013 $55,000 -
$65,000
Electrical Technician Air Zone Systems, Inc. Montville, NJ Jul 16, 2015 $53,706
Electrical Technician Oceaneering International Inc. Houston, TX Aug 20, 2016 $52,968
Electrical Technologists Electrical General Corporation Annapolis, MD Aug 22, 2008 $52,175
Electrical Technician Prima Products, Inc. Tracy, CA May 05, 2009 $51,361 -
$58,436
Electrical Technician Alter and Son General Engineering ME Dec 01, 2012 $51,278
Industrial Electrical Technician Amsic International, Inc. West Harrison, IN Oct 20, 2014 $51,236
Industrial Electrical Technician Amsic International, Inc. IN Aug 01, 2014 $51,236
Industrial Electrical Technician Amsic International, Inc. IN Aug 25, 2014 $51,236
Electrical Technician All Star Conyers, GA Sep 16, 2008 $51,048
Electrical Technician CIH Environmental Solutions Miami, FL Dec 21, 2009 $50,088
Electrical Technician Wyckoff Auto Repair Corporation New York, NY Feb 09, 2016 $47,625
Electrical Technician Columbus Brick Company Columbus, MS Jun 29, 2011 $45,032
Electrical Technician Beacon Electric Corp. Floral Park, NY Oct 18, 2007 $43,764
Electrical Technician Roth Fabric, Inc. Norwalk, CT May 04, 2009 $43,639
Electrical Technician City Fire Inc. Hollywood, FL Oct 11, 2007 $42,250
Electrical Engieering Technologist HAKS Engineers Architects & Land Surveyors PC New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $42,032
Electrical Technologist Unistar Plastics, LLC Harahan, LA Apr 19, 2010 $40,000
Electrical Technologist Unistar Plastics, LLC Harahan, LA Apr 15, 2010 $40,000

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Top Skills for An Electrical Technician

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Top Electrical Technician Skills

  1. Motor Control Centers
  2. Safety
  3. Electrical Systems
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Build and wire motor control centers, and alarm panels for Board of Water Supply.
  • Adhere to all plant safety and environmental guidelines, policies, and procedures and actively participate in safety program.
  • Performed skilled laboring duties related to the installation, maintenance and repair of a wide variety of electrical systems and equipment.
  • Changed out high voltage rectifiers; high voltage alternators; phase modules and wheel motors.
  • Performed calibration and quality inspections using gauges and electrical equipment.

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