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Electrical Engineering Technicians

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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.

    Work Activities
    • Assemble electrical systems or prototypes, using hand tools or measuring instruments.
    • Build, calibrate, maintain, troubleshoot, or repair electrical instruments or testing equipment.
    • Inspect electrical project work for quality control and assurance.
    • Identify solutions to on-site technical design problems involving electrical systems equipment.
    • Collaborate with electrical engineers or other personnel to identify, define, or solve developmental problems.
    • Prepare, review, or coordinate ongoing modifications to contract specifications or plans.
    • Build or test electrical components of electric-drive vehicles or prototype vehicles.
    • Interpret test information to resolve design-related problems.
    • Provide technical assistance in resolving electrical engineering problems encountered before, during, or after construction.
    • Install or maintain electrical control systems or solid state equipment.
    • Set up or operate test equipment to evaluate performance of developmental parts, assemblies, or systems under simulated operating conditions.
    • Evaluate engineering proposals, shop drawings, or design comments for sound electrical engineering practice or conformance with established safety or design criteria.
    • Review existing electrical engineering criteria to identify necessary revisions, deletions, or amendments to outdated material.
    • Write procedures for the commissioning of electrical installations.
    • Write engineering specifications to clarify design details or functional criteria of experimental electronics units.
    • Create or modify electrical components to be used in renewable energy generation.
    • Assemble or test solar photovoltaic products, such as inverters or energy management systems.
    • Plan method or sequence of operations for developing or testing experimental electronic or electrical equipment.
    • 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.
    • Modify electrical prototypes, parts, assemblies, or systems to correct functional deviations.
    • Prepare electrical project cost or work-time estimates.
    • Participate in the development or testing of electrical aspects of new green technologies, such as lighting, optical data storage devices, or energy efficient televisions.
    • Plan, schedule, or monitor work of project support personnel.
    • Perform supervisory duties, such as recommending work assignments, approving leaves, or completing performance evaluations.
    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • 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.

    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy
    • 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.

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    • 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.

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    • Ohio Annual Salary $62,120/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $29.87/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 2,450
    • Yearly Projected Openings 200
    Typical Education
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Signal generators
    • Microprocessors
    • Frequency analyzers
    • Electronic measuring probes
    • Automatic soldering machine
    • Industrial control software
    • Development environment software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Analytical or scientific software
    • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.