What do Electrical Engineering Technicians do?

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.

  • Set up and operate test equipment to evaluate performance of developmental parts, assemblies, or systems under simulated operating conditions, and record results.
  • Assemble electrical and electronic systems and prototypes according to engineering data and knowledge of electrical principles, using hand tools and measuring instruments.
  • Provide technical assistance and resolution when electrical or engineering problems are encountered before, during, and after construction.
  • Build, calibrate, maintain, troubleshoot, or repair electrical instruments or testing equipment.
  • Review existing electrical engineering criteria to identify necessary revisions, deletions, or amendments to outdated material.
  • Collaborate with electrical engineers or other personnel to identify, define, or solve developmental problems.
  • Conduct inspections for quality control and assurance programs, reporting findings and recommendations.
  • Plan method or sequence of operations for developing or testing experimental electronic or electrical equipment.
  • Analyze and interpret test information to resolve design-related problems.
  • Modify electrical prototypes, parts, assemblies, or systems to correct functional deviations.
  • Draw or modify diagrams and write engineering specifications to clarify design details and functional criteria of experimental electronics units.
  • Install or maintain electrical control systems or solid state equipment.
  • Prepare electrical project cost or work-time estimates.
  • Perform supervisory duties, such as recommending work assignments, approving leaves, or completing performance evaluations.
  • Plan, schedule and monitor work of support personnel to assist supervisor.
  • Prepare contracts and initiate, review and coordinate modifications to contract specifications and plans throughout the construction process.
  • Visit construction sites to observe conditions impacting design and to identify solutions to technical design problems involving electrical systems equipment that arise during construction.
  • Evaluate engineering proposals, shop drawings and design comments for sound electrical engineering practice and conformance with established safety and design criteria, and recommend approval or disapproval.
  • Write commissioning procedures for electrical installations.
  • Assemble or test solar photovoltaic products, such as inverters or energy management systems.
  • Assess electrical components for consumer electronics applications, such as fuel cells for consumer electronic devices, power saving devices for computers or televisions, or energy efficient power chargers.
  • Build or test electrical components of electric-drive vehicles or prototype vehicles.
  • Create or modify electrical components to be used in renewable energy generation.
  • Participate in the development or testing of electrical aspects of new green technologies, such as lighting, optical data storage devices, or energy efficient televisions.

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Necessary Skills

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Critical Thinking
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Monitoring
  • Coordination

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