Electrical Engineering Technicians

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About the Job

Test or modify developmental or operational electrical machinery or electrical control equipment and circuitry in industrial or commercial plants or laboratories. Usually work under direction of engineers or technologists.

It is also Called

  • Electrical Engineering Technician
  • Electrical Equipment Technician
  • Electrical Technician
  • Electrification Adviser
  • Electronics Technician
  • Engineer
  • Engineering Assistant
  • Engineering Technician
  • Equipment Specialist
  • Failure Analysis Technician
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What They Do

  • Build, calibrate, maintain, troubleshoot, or repair electrical instruments or testing equipment.
  • Assemble electrical systems or prototypes, using hand tools or measuring instruments.
  • Inspect electrical project work for quality control and assurance.
  • Identify solutions to on-site technical design problems involving electrical systems equipment.
  • Prepare, review, or coordinate ongoing modifications to contract specifications or plans.
  • Collaborate with electrical engineers or other personnel to identify, define, or solve developmental problems.
  • Build or test electrical components of electric-drive vehicles or prototype vehicles.
  • Interpret test information to resolve design-related problems.
  • Provide technical assistance in resolving electrical engineering problems encountered before, during, or after construction.
  • Set up or operate test equipment to evaluate performance of developmental parts, assemblies, or systems under simulated operating conditions.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RIC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Investigative and Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Working Conditions and Relationships in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Ohio was $58,830 with most people making between $34,840 and $80,000

Outlook

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avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 3,620 people in Ohio. It is projected that there will be 3,560 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 90 replacement openings for approximately 90 total annual openings.

Work Keys

This occupation requires a Platinum certificate

Skill Level
Applied Mathematics6
Reading for Information5
Locating Information5
Listening4
Observation4
Writing3
Writing3
Teamwork3