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How to become an Electrical Engineering Technician

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What does a Electrical Engineering Technician do?

Electrical engineering technicians are responsible for the commissioning, installation, maintenance and repair of electrical production and control systems. The work covers a wide range of industries including:

  • power generation and transmission – dealing with turbines, transformers, switchgear and cabled/overhead power line/street lighting distribution networks
  • industrial/commercial machinery and equipment – building, installing and repairing drives, motors and programmable logic control (PLC) panels
  • transport - rail electrification and signalling systems
  • building services infrastructure – installing and maintaining lighting, heating, air conditioning, lifts and escalators.

Electrical technicians work from wiring diagrams and use a range of equipment to calibrate, inspect and test installations and machinery to ensure they are working correctly and safely. They are often responsible for drawing up preventative maintenance schedules and quality control programmes for equipment, for instance, on a manufacturing production line.

Electrical technicians work as part of a team, with responsibility for supervision of operators and craftsmen/women but under the guidance of senior engineers. For more information on the engineer role see the Electrical Engineer profile.

What's the working environment like working as a Electrical Engineering Technician?

Technicians normally work a 40-hour week, but shiftwork, on-call duties and overtime may be required, depending on the role and project deadlines. Some technicians work permanently on a seven-day-week shift basis.

The work can take place in almost any environment, either indoors or outdoors. Work could be in offices, factories, workshops, power stations or research facilities.

What does it take to become a Electrical Engineering Technician?

As an electrical engineering technician you should:

  • have an aptitude for maths, science and technology
  • have excellent analytical skills
  • have good numeracy and IT skills
  • have good practical skills
  • have good communication skills
  • be able to understand engineering drawings and principles
  • be prepared to keep up-to-date with new developments
  • be able to work as part of a team
  • have normal colour vision
  • be aware of electrical health and safety issues.

Electrical Engineering Technician Career Opportunities

Prospects are extremely good for qualified electrical technicians. There are opportunities across a wide range of industries including aerospace, marine, agricultural, chemical, civil, manufacturing and power.

Employers include local and central government departments, the armed services, manufacturers in all industries, research and development companies, IT companies, and public utilities such as water, gas, and electricity.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Electrical Engineering Technician that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

SEMTA (Science Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance)
14 Upton Road
Watford
Hertfordshire
WD18 0JT
Tel: 0808 100 3682
www.semta.org.uk

The Engineering Careers Information Service (ECIS)
www.enginuity.org.uk

Women into Science and Engineering
22 Old Queen Street
London
SW1H 9HP
Tel: 020 7227 8421
www.wisecampaign.org.uk

Engineering Training Council (Northern Ireland)
Interpoint
20-24 York Street
Belfast
BT15 1AQ
Tel: 028 9032 9878
www.etcni.org.uk

Engineering Council
10 Maltravers Street
London
WC2R 3ER
Tel: 020 7240 7891
www.engc.org.uk
www.engtech.co.uk

The Institution of Engineering and Technology
Savoy Place
London
WC2R 0BL
Tel: 020 7240 1871
www.theiet.org