Electrical Engineering Technologists
SOC: 17-3029.02


Assist electrical engineers in such activities as process control, electrical power distribution, or instrumentation design. May prepare layouts of electrical transmission or distribution systems, supervise the flow of work, estimate project costs, or participate in research studies.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
70,100 employed

Projected (2024):
69,900 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:

  • Design Tech
  • Distribution Engineering Technologist
  • Electrical Design Technologist
  • Electrical Engineering Technologist
  • Electrical Tech/Project Manager
  • Engineering Assistant
  • Engineering Tech
  • Engineering Technologist
  • Generation Engineering Technologist
  • Generation Technologist
  • Layout Designer
  • Prototyper
  • Senior Analysis Specialist
  • Senior Engineering Tech
  • Senior Process Control Tech
  • Technologist
  • Technologist Electronic Design or Technical Director
  • Technologist, Development

  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed


    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.


    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

    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
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Participate in training or continuing education activities to stay abreast of engineering or industry advances.
  • Assist engineers and scientists in conducting applied research in electrical engineering.
  • Diagnose, test, or analyze the performance of electrical components, assemblies, or systems.
  • Set up and operate standard or specialized testing equipment.
  • Review installation or quality assurance documentation.
  • Review, develop, and prepare maintenance standards.
  • Compile and maintain records documenting engineering schematics, installed equipment, installation or operational problems, resources used, repairs, or corrective action performed.
  • Supervise the construction or testing of electrical prototypes, according to general instructions and established standards.
  • Review electrical engineering plans to ensure adherence to design specifications and compliance with applicable electrical codes and standards.
  • Install or maintain electrical control systems, industrial automation systems, or electrical equipment, including control circuits, variable speed drives, or programmable logic controllers.
  • 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.
  • Calculate design specifications or cost, material, and resource estimates, and prepare project schedules and budgets.
  • Assemble or test solar photovoltaic products, such as inverters or energy management systems.
  • Build or test electrical components of electric-drive vehicles or prototype vehicles.
  • Conduct statistical studies to analyze or compare production costs for sustainable or nonsustainable designs.
  • Construct and evaluate electrical components for consumer electronics applications such as fuel cells for consumer electronic devices, power saving devices for computers or televisions, and energy efficient power chargers.
  • Create or modify electrical components to be used in renewable energy generation.
  • Evaluate electrical engineering plans to determine whether they comply with applicable environmental standards.
  • Participate in the development or testing of electrical aspects of new green technologies, such as lighting, optical data storage devices, or energy efficient televisions.
  • Test sustainable materials for their applicability to electrical engineering systems or system designs.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Analog current meters
  • Binocular light compound microscopes
  • Digital voltmeters DVM
  • Function generators
  • Inductance capacitance resistance LCR meters
  • Laser printers
  • Microwave frequency counters
  • Multimeters
  • Network analyzers
  • Optical time domain reflectometers OTDR
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Personal computers
  • Plotters
  • Power meters
  • Power quality analyzers
  • Probe stations
  • Programmable logic controllers PLC
  • Pulse generators
  • Reflow ovens
  • Signal generators
  • Soldering equipment
  • Spectrum analyzers
  • Standing wave ratio SWR meters
  • Agilent Advanced Design System ADS
  • Altera MAX
  • Anadigm software
  • Analog Devices VisualDSP++
  • Ansoft HFSS
  • Assembler
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Bentley Microstation
  • BSVC
  • C
  • C++
  • Cadence OrCAD PSpice
  • Cadence PCB Systems Division PSD software
  • CST Microwave Studio
  • FlukeView Forms software
  • HP InfoTech CodeVisionAVR
  • Linux
  • Microchip MPLAB Integrated Development Environment
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Visual Basic.NET
  • Microsoft Word
  • Motorola Digital Signal Processing DSP Assembler
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
  • National Instruments Multisim
  • OctTools
  • Oracle Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management
  • pMatlab
  • PowerWorld software
  • PTC Mathcad
  • PUFF
  • Rockwell RSLogix
  • Signal synthesizers
  • Simulation software
  • Tanner Research L-Edit
  • Texas Instruments Code Composer Studio CCStudio
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • The MathWorks Simulink
  • Transmission line simulators
  • UNIX
  • Vector Software VectorCast
  • Wolfram Research Mathematica

  • architecture and engineering

    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980