Electrical Engineering Technicians
SOC: 17-3023.03


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.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
139,400 employed

Projected (2024):
136,600 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Electrical Engineering Technician
  • Electrical Equipment Technician
  • Electrical Technician
  • Electrification Adviser
  • Electronics Technician
  • Engineer
  • Engineering Assistant
  • Engineering Technician
  • Equipment Specialist
  • Failure Analysis Technician
  • Generation Technician
  • Instrument and Controls Technician (I & C Technician)
  • Light Technician
  • Lighting Adviser
  • Lighting Specialist
  • Programmable Logic Controller Programmer (PLC Programmer)
  • Programmable Logic Controller Technician (PLC Technician)
  • Relay Tester
  • Research Electrician
  • Results Technician
  • Solar Lab Technician
  • Test Specialist
  • Test Technician

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    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.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job 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.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

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

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Alternating current AC generators
  • Ammeters
  • Anti-static heel grounders
  • Bench lathes
  • Binocular light compound microscopes
  • Brushless direct current DC motors
  • Computerized numerical control CNC machining centers
  • Current probes
  • Dataloggers
  • Desktop computers
  • Desoldering stations
  • Digital cameras
  • Digital plotters
  • Digital voltmeters DVM
  • Direct current DC potentiometers
  • Dual power supplies
  • Dynamometers
  • Frequency counters
  • Function generators
  • Harmonic analyzers
  • Impedance meters
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser printers
  • Lasers
  • Logic analyzers
  • Magnetic pickup tools
  • Metal-oxide varistors MOV
  • Microcomputers
  • Microprocessors
  • Multimeters
  • Nanosecond universal counters
  • Notebook computers
  • Ohmmeters
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Personal computers
  • Phase shift indicators
  • Phase shifters
  • Potentiometers
  • Power drills
  • Power meters
  • Power screwdrivers
  • Programmable logic controllers PLC
  • Q meters
  • Radio frequency RF amplifiers
  • Radio frequency RF signal generators
  • Radio frequency RF spectrum analyzers
  • Screwdrivers
  • Signal generators
  • Signal measuring equipment
  • Soldering equipment
  • Soldering stations
  • Spectrum analyzers
  • Stroboscopes
  • Tachometers
  • Transformers
  • Voltage probes
  • Voltage testers
  • Wattmeters
  • Welders
  • Welding goggles
  • Welding hoods
  • Wire crimpers
  • Wire cutters
  • Wire strippers
  • Wire wrap guns
  • Wrist anti-static straps
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software
  • Assembler
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Autodesk Revit
  • Bentley Microstation
  • Bentley Systems ProjectWise
  • C
  • C++
  • Cadence PSpice
  • Cadence software
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Computer aided software engineering CASE tools
  • Database software
  • Emulators
  • Graphics software
  • Mentor Graphics ModelSim
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Microsoft Word
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
  • National Instruments Multisim
  • Oracle software
  • OrCAD Capture
  • Programmable logic controller PLC software
  • Proportional integral derivative control PID software
  • Rockwell RSLogix
  • Rockwell RSView
  • Root cause analysis software
  • SAP software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • Verilog
  • Wonderware InTouch HMI

  • architecture and engineering

    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980