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:
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.
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.
As an electrical engineering technician you should:
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.
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