What does an Electrical Engineering Technician 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.

Jobs Roles

  • Install or maintain electrical control systems or solid state equipment.
  • Modify electrical prototypes, parts, assemblies, or systems to correct functional deviations.
  • Collaborate with electrical engineers or other personnel to identify, define, or solve developmental problems.
  • Build, calibrate, maintain, troubleshoot, or repair electrical instruments or testing equipment.
  • Prepare electrical project cost or work-time estimates.
  • Review existing electrical engineering criteria to identify necessary revisions, deletions, or amendments to outdated material.
  • Perform supervisory duties, such as recommending work assignments, approving leaves, or completing performance evaluations.
  • Plan method or sequence of operations for developing or testing experimental electronic or electrical equipment.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Set up or operate test equipment to evaluate performance of developmental parts, assemblies, or systems under simulated operating conditions.
  • Prepare, review, or coordinate ongoing modifications to contract specifications or plans.
  • Interpret test information to resolve design-related problems.
  • Provide technical assistance in resolving electrical engineering problems encountered before, during, or after construction.
  • Evaluate engineering proposals, shop drawings, or design comments for sound electrical engineering practice or conformance with established safety or design criteria.
  • Write procedures for the commissioning of electrical installations.
  • Write engineering specifications to clarify design details or functional criteria of experimental electronics units.
  • Plan, schedule, or monitor work of project support personnel.
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