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Electrical Engineering Technicians

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.   (O'Net 17-3023.03)

 
Reported job titles:   Electrical Engineering Technician, Electrical Equipment Technician, Electrical Technician, Electrification Adviser, Electronics Technician, Engineer, Engineering Assistant, Engineering Technician, Failure Analysis Technician, Generation Technician, Instrument and Controls Technician (I & C Technician), Light Technician, Lighting Adviser, Lighting Specialist, Programmable Logic Controller Programmer (PLC Programmer), Relay Tester, Research Electrician, Results Technician, Solar Lab Technician, Test Specialist, Test Technician
 
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    Wages
    for Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians which includes:
                          - Electronics Engineering Technicians
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 20.50   $ 25.10   $ 33.57   $ 50.58   $ 61.78   $ 37.93  
    Yearly $42,630   $52,210   $69,820   $105,200   $128,490   $78,900  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 20.61   $ 25.92   $ 38.52   $ 54.10   $ 64.76   $ 40.25  
    Yearly $42,880   $53,910   $80,120   $112,520   $134,700   $83,730  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 20.05   $ 23.81   $ 29.11   $ 32.29   $ 36.41   $ 28.28  
    Yearly $41,700   $49,520   $60,560   $67,170   $75,740   $58,820  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians which includes:
                                  - Electronics Engineering Technicians
                                  - Electrical Engineering Technicians
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    No trend data for this occupation.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians which includes:
                                - Electronics Engineering Technicians
                                - Electrical Engineering Technicians
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Computer and electronic product manufacturing 26.5%
    Architectural, engineering, and related services 15.1%
    Federal government, all industries 10.3%
    Merchant wholesalers, durable goods 4.6%
    Utilities 4.6%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Electrical Engineering Technicians
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Electrical Engineering Technicians  updated June 2010
     


    Knowledge
    for Electrical Engineering Technicians
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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
     
  • 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.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
     
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Electrical Engineering Technicians  updated June 2010
     


    Skills
    for Electrical Engineering Technicians
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Electrical Engineering Technicians  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
    for Electrical Engineering Technicians
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  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Electrical Engineering Technicians  updated June 2010
     


    Work Activities
    for Electrical Engineering Technicians
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  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Analyzing Data or Information - Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
  • Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
     
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards - Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Electrical Engineering Technicians  updated June 2010
     


    Interests
    for Electrical Engineering Technicians
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  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
     
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Electrical Engineering Technicians  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Electrical Engineering Technicians  updated June 2010
     


    State of Vermont License Information
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
    for Electrical Engineering Technicians
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  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
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  • Experience: Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Electrical Engineering Technicians  updated June 2010
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to Electrical Engineering Technicians
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Computer Engineering Technology/Technician.
     
    • Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology.
     
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other.
     
    • Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician.
     
    • Integrated Circuit Design. (NEW)
     
    • Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology. (NEW)
     
    • Telecommunications Technology/Technician.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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