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Electrical Engineering Technician  What They Do

Just the Facts


Applies electrical theory and related knowledge to test and modify developmental or operational electrical machinery and electrical control equipment and circuitry in industrial or commercial plants and laboratories. Usually works under direction of engineering staff.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Production/Process Technology pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Assembles electrical systems or prototypes, using hand tools or measuring instruments.
  • Builds, calibrates, maintains, troubleshoots, or repairs electrical instruments or testing equipment.
  • Inspects electrical project work for quality control and assurance.
  • Identifies solutions to on-site technical design problems involving electrical systems equipment.
  • Collaborates with electrical engineers or other personnel to identify, define, or solve developmental problems.
  • Sets up or operates test equipment to evaluate performance of developmental parts, assemblies, or systems under simulated operating conditions.
  • Reviews existing electrical engineering criteria to identify necessary revisions, deletions, or amendments to outdated material.
  • Modifies electrical prototypes, parts, assemblies, or systems to correct functional deviations.
  • Prepares, reviews, or coordinates ongoing modifications to contract specifications or plans.
  • Builds or tests electrical components of electric-drive vehicles or prototype vehicles.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Electrical Engineer -- Designs, develops, tests or supervises the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment, components or systems for commercial, industrial, military or scientific use.
  • Electronic Engineering Technician -- Lays out, builds, tests, troubleshoots, repairs and modifies developmental and production electronic components, parts, equipment, and systems, such as computer equipment, missile control instrumentation, electron tubes, test equipment, and machine tool n
  • Solar Lab Technician -- Works on the design, production, installation, and testing of new solar energy technologies.