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Electrical Technician

Overview: Electrical technicians apply electrical theory to test and modify electrically driven machines and controls in industrial plants and laboratories. They work under the direction of electrical engineers on products such as transformers, switch panels and generators.
Duties: Electrical technicians help design, develop, test, and manufacture electrical and electronic equipment such as communication equipment; radar, industrial, and medical monitoring or control devices; navigational equipment; and computers. They may work in product evaluation and testing, using measuring and diagnostic devices to adjust, test, and repair equipment. They use electric and electronic test equipment (oscilloscopes, computers, etc.) to determine if electrically driven machines are performing according to specifications.

Operate and test electrical equipment under different environmental conditions to determine how extreme temperatures, and humidity affect the equipment.

Provide electrical engineers with results of tests of electrical equipment and makes suggestions for adjustments and modifications.

Write reports to assist workers who will maintain the electrical equipment and troubleshoot problems and equipment failures.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Computer Engineering Technology 
A.A.S. Electronic Engineering Technology 
A.A.S. Telecommunications Technology 
Job Outlook: Employment of electrical technician is expected to show little or no change throught 201. Foreign competition in design and manufacturing, together with increased efficiencies in the design process, will reduce demand for these workers.
Salary Range (National Average): $30,000 to $34,000
Green: Green Career
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: A 2-year college associate degree or a technical institute certificate is the usual educational requirement. A knowledge of computer-aided design is essential. Graduates of programs approved by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology are given preference.
Advancement Info: Electrical Technicians usually begin by doing routine duties. They work under the close supervision of experienced technicians or engineers. As they gain experience, technicians are given more difficult assignments and have less supervision. Engineering technicians with leadership skills may advance to supervisor positions. Keeping their skills current through continuing education classes helps technicians to advance. With additional education, technicians can become engineers.
Recommended Skills:
  • Identifying the most appropriate equipment and tools needed to get a job done.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Performing routine maintenance and/or repairs on equipment using the appropriate tools.
  • Using your hands to operated fine instruments and precision tools.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Analyzing the symptoms of a problem and deciding what actions should be taken to resolve the problem.
Recommended Values:
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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* For New York green job information please click here.

Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.