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Working As An Electrical Technician

  • $56,000

    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
Electrician Foreman Superintendent
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Electrician Supervisor Superintendent
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Electrician Supervisor Production Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Foreman Superintendent
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Engineer Design Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Owner Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Systems Administrator Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Journeyman Electrician Foreman Service Manager
Regional Service Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Production Supervisor
General Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Journeyman Electrician Maintenance Supervisor Service Manager
Installation Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Design Engineer Electrical Engineer
Electrical Engineering Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Journeyman Electrician Maintenance Supervisor Director Of Facilities
Director, Facilities & Operations
6 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Technical Support Engineer Technical Support Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Accountant Senior Auditor
Controls Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Electrical Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Electrical Foreman Electrical Superintendent
Electrical Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Electrical Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Senior Electronics Technician
Senior Electro-Mechanical Technician
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Electrical Foreman 5.0 years
Plant Electrician 4.3 years
Top Careers Before Electrical Technician
Electrician 19.2%
Technician 8.9%
Cashier 2.6%
Supervisor 2.5%
Top Careers After Electrical Technician
Electrician 15.5%
Technician 9.5%
Supervisor 2.5%

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Electrical Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

83.6%

Unknown

9.2%

Female

7.2%
Ethnicity

White

59.3%

Hispanic or Latino

17.0%

Black or African American

12.1%

Asian

7.6%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

54.8%

Arabic

9.0%

French

7.2%

Italian

3.6%

Portuguese

3.6%

Russian

3.0%

Chinese

2.4%

German

2.4%

Mandarin

1.8%

Dakota

1.8%

Polish

1.8%

Vietnamese

1.2%

Thai

1.2%

Cantonese

1.2%

Carrier

1.2%

Hebrew

1.2%

Hmong

0.6%

Hindi

0.6%

Norwegian

0.6%

Albanian

0.6%
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Electrical Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.4%

A-Technical College

7.6%

Community College of the Air Force

7.3%

Universal Technical Institute

6.3%

Purdue University

5.9%

More Tech Institute

5.9%

Houston Community College

5.1%

ITI Technical College

4.9%

Kaplan University

4.4%

Texas State Technical College - Waco

4.4%

Arizona State University

3.9%

Porter and Chester Institute

3.9%

University of Houston

3.7%

Monroe Community College

3.7%

Lee College

3.7%

University of Akron

3.4%

Trident Technical College

3.2%

Henry Ford College

3.2%

Excelsior College

3.2%

ECPI University

3.2%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

28.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

27.0%

Business

7.2%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

4.7%

Industrial Technology

4.5%

Automotive Technology

3.5%

Computer Science

2.8%

General Studies

2.2%

Engineering

1.8%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.8%

Mechanical Engineering

1.8%

Heating And Air Conditioning

1.8%

Education

1.7%

Criminal Justice

1.6%

Information Technology

1.5%

Electrical/Electronics Maintenance And Repair Technology

1.5%

Mechatronics And Robotics

1.5%

Electromechanical Instrumentation And Maintenance Technologies/Technicians

1.5%

Computer Engineering Technology

1.4%

Music

1.4%
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Degrees

Other

33.6%

Associate

25.2%

Bachelors

21.8%

Certificate

9.1%

Diploma

5.3%

Masters

4.3%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Average Yearly Salary
$56,000
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$39,000
Min 10%
$56,000
Median 50%
$56,000
Median 50%
$56,000
Median 50%
$56,000
Median 50%
$56,000
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$56,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
$80,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Alstom
Highest Paying City
Eureka, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does an Electrical Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Electrical Technician in the United States is $56,171 per year or $27 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $39,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $80,000.

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. IN Aug 01, 2014 $51,236
Industrial Electrical Technician Amsic International, Inc. IN Aug 25, 2014 $51,236
Industrial Electrical Technician Amsic International, Inc. West Harrison, IN Oct 20, 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 Helper Powerserve Technologies, Inc. FL May 01, 2013 $42,512
Electrical Technician City Fire Inc. Hollywood, FL Oct 11, 2007 $42,250
Electrical Technologist Unistar Plastics, LLC Harahan, LA Apr 19, 2010 $40,000
Electrical Technologist Unistar Plastics, LLC Harahan, LA Apr 15, 2010 $40,000
Electrical Technician Columbus Brick Company Columbus, MS May 27, 2010 $37,983
Electrical Technician International Plant Services, LLC TX Jul 01, 2012 $37,274

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Top Skills for An Electrical Technician

  1. Electrical Systems
  2. Motor Control Centers
  3. PLC
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  • Maintained and troubleshot automated electrical systems in the manufacture of electronic cables and devices.
  • Experience gained in filler closing machines, conveyors, scales, retort cookers, and motor control centers and various other equipment
  • Program PLC's for controls, provide documentation, troubleshoot/ repair automated equipment at customer site and provide suggestions for improvements.
  • Performed high voltage clearances on previously energized electrical equipment.
  • Conducted infrared scan and load centers and high-voltage transformers, performing electrical correction as required.

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