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Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologists and Technicians

Apply electrical and electronic theory and related knowledge, usually under the direction of engineering staff, to design, build, repair, adjust, and modify electrical components, circuitry, controls, and machinery for subsequent evaluation and use by engineering staff in making engineering design decisions.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Modify, maintain, or repair electronics equipment or systems to ensure proper functioning.
    • Replace defective components or parts, using hand tools and precision instruments.
    • Set up and operate specialized or standard test equipment to diagnose, test, or analyze the performance of electronic components, assemblies, or systems.
    • Install or maintain electrical control systems, industrial automation systems, or electrical equipment, including control circuits, variable speed drives, or programmable logic controllers.
    • Read blueprints, wiring diagrams, schematic drawings, or engineering instructions for assembling electronics units, applying knowledge of electronic theory and components.
    • Identify and resolve equipment malfunctions, working with manufacturers or field representatives as necessary to procure replacement parts.
    • Design or modify engineering schematics for electrical transmission and distribution systems or for electrical installation in residential, commercial, or industrial buildings, using computer-aided design (CAD) software.
    • Assemble electrical systems or prototypes, using hand tools or measuring instruments.
    • Review electrical engineering plans to ensure adherence to design specifications and compliance with applicable electrical codes and standards.
    • Interpret test information to resolve design-related problems.
    • Assemble, test, or maintain circuitry or electronic components, according to engineering instructions, technical manuals, or knowledge of electronics, using hand or power tools.
    • Review existing electrical engineering criteria to identify necessary revisions, deletions, or amendments to outdated material.
    • Maintain system logs or manuals to document testing or operation of equipment.
    • Select electronics equipment, components, or systems to meet functional specifications.
    • Calculate design specifications or cost, material, and resource estimates, and prepare project schedules and budgets.
    • Educate equipment operators on the proper use of equipment.
    • Supervise the installation or operation of electronic equipment or systems.
    • Compile and maintain records documenting engineering schematics, installed equipment, installation or operational problems, resources used, repairs, or corrective action performed.
    • Modify electrical prototypes, parts, assemblies, or systems to correct functional deviations.
    • Integrate software or hardware components, using computer, microprocessor, or control architecture.
    • Procure parts and maintain inventory and related documentation.
    • Participate in training or continuing education activities to stay abreast of engineering or industry advances.
    • Research equipment or component needs, sources, competitive prices, delivery times, or ongoing operational costs.
    • Provide user applications or engineering support or recommendations for new or existing equipment with regard to installation, upgrades, or enhancements.
    • Specify, coordinate, or conduct quality control or quality assurance programs or procedures.
    • Produce electronics drawings or other graphics representing industrial control, instrumentation, sensors, or analog or digital telecommunications networks, using computer-aided design (CAD) software.

    Skills

    • 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.

    • Complex Problem Solving

      Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    6
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • 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.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    Knowledge

    • 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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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 65240/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 31.36/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 2,920
    • Yearly Projected Openings 270

    Typical Education

    Personality

    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
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Cooperation

    Tools

    • Voltage or current meters
    • Signal generators
    • Multimeters
    • Frequency analyzers
    • Electronic measuring probes

    Technology

    • Industrial control software
    • Development environment software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Analytical or scientific software

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