|Overview:||Electrical technicians apply electrical theory to test and modify electrically driven machines and controls in industrial plants and laboratories. They work under the direction of electrical engineers on products such as transformers, switch panels and generators.|
|Duties:||Electrical technicians help design, develop, test, and manufacture electrical and electronic equipment such as communication equipment; radar, industrial, and medical monitoring or control devices; navigational equipment; and computers. They may work in product evaluation and testing, using measuring and diagnostic devices to adjust, test, and repair equipment. They use electric and electronic test equipment (oscilloscopes, computers, etc.) to determine if electrically driven machines are performing according to specifications.
Operate and test electrical equipment under different environmental conditions to determine how extreme temperatures, and humidity affect the equipment.
Provide electrical engineers with results of tests of electrical equipment and makes suggestions for adjustments and modifications.
Write reports to assist workers who will maintain the electrical equipment and troubleshoot problems and equipment failures.
|Degree(s):||A.A.S. Computer Engineering Technology
A.A.S. Electronic Engineering Technology
A.A.S. Telecommunications Technology
|Job Outlook:||Employment in this field is projected to decline by 2% or more from 2014 to 2024. For comparison, the average growth rate for all occupations over the same time period is projected to be 5% to 8%.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$30,000 to $34,000|
|Education Level:||Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.|
|Additional Training/Education:||A 2-year college associate degree or a technical institute certificate is the usual educational requirement. A knowledge of computer-aided design is essential. Graduates of programs approved by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology are given preference.|
|Advancement Info:||Electrical Technicians usually begin by doing routine duties. They work under the close supervision of experienced technicians or engineers. As they gain experience, technicians are given more difficult assignments and have less supervision. Engineering technicians with leadership skills may advance to supervisor positions. Keeping their skills current through continuing education classes helps technicians to advance. With additional education, technicians can become engineers.|
* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreementswith other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.