Profession electrical engineering technician

Electrical engineering technicians work together with electrical engineers in electrical engineering research. They perform technical tasks and aid in the designing, testing, manufacturing and operation of electrical devices and facilities.

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Personality Type

Knowledge

  • Electrical equipment components

    The essential components of a certain electrical product, such as electrical wires, circuit breakers, and switches.

  • Electricity principles

    Electricity is created when electric current flows along a conductor. It entails the movement of free electrons between atoms. The more free electrons are present in a material, the better this material conducts. The three main parameters of electricity are the voltage, current (ampère), and resistance (ohm).

  • Electrical engineering

    Understand electrical engineering, a field of engineering that deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism.

  • Electrical wiring diagrams

    The visual schematic representation of an electrical circuit, its components, and the connections between these components.

  • Electrical discharge

    Tthe qualities and applications of electrical discharge, including voltage and electrodes.

  • Design drawings

    Understand design drawings detailing the design of products, tools, and engineering systems.

  • Electrical testing methods

    Test procedures performed on electrical equipment and machinery in order to check the performance and quality of the electrical equipment and their adherence to specifications. During these tests electrical properties, such as voltage, current, resistance, capacitance, and inductance, are measured using electrical measuring equipment, such as multimeters, oscilloscopes, and voltmeters.

Skills

  • Abide by regulations on banned materials

    Comply with regulations banning heavy metals in solder, flame retardants in plastics, and phthalate plasticisers in plastics and wiring harness insulations, under EU RoHS/WEEE Directives and China RoHS legislation.

  • Read engineering drawings

    Read the technical drawings of a product made by the engineer in order to suggest improvements, make models of the product or operate it.

  • Prepare production prototypes

    Prepare early models or prototypes in order to test concepts and replicability possibilities. Create prototypes to assess for pre-production tests.

  • Prepare pieces for joining

    Prepare metal or other material workpieces for joining processes by cleaning the workpieces, checking their measurements with the technical plan and marking on the pieces where they'll be joined.

  • Measure electrical characteristics

    Measure voltage, current, resistance or other electrical characteristics by using electrical measuring equipment such as multimeters, voltmeters, and ammeters.

  • Perform test run

    Perform tests putting a system, machine, tool or other equipment through a series of actions under actual operating conditions in order to assess its reliability and suitability to realise its tasks, and adjust settings accordingly.

  • Wear appropriate protective gear

    Wear relevant and necessary protective gear, such as protective goggles or other eye protection, hard hats, safety gloves.

  • Liaise with engineers

    Collaborate with engineers to ensure common understanding and discuss product design, development and improvement.

  • Ensure material compliance

    Ensure that the materials provided by suppliers comply with the specified requirements.

  • Read standard blueprints

    Read and comprehend standard blueprints, machine, and process drawings.

  • Align components

    Align and lay out components in order to put them together correctly according to blueprints and technical plans.

  • Assist scientific research

    Assist engineers or scientists with conducting experiments, performing analysis, developing new products or processes, constructing theory, and quality control.

  • Apply soldering techniques

    Apply and work with a variety of techniques in the process of soldering, such as soft soldering, silver soldering, induction soldering, resistance soldering, pipe soldering, mechanical and aluminium soldering.

  • Assemble electrical components

    Assemble switches, electrical controls, circuit boards and other electrical components by using hand and soldering equipment.

  • Inspect quality of products

    Use various techniques to ensure the product quality is respecting the quality standards and specifications. Oversee defects, packaging and sendbacks of products to different production departments.

  • Test electrical equipment

    Test electrical systems, machines, and components and check electrical properties, such as voltage, current, resistance, capacitance, and inductance, using electrical testing and measuring equipment, such as a multimeter. Gather and analyse data. Monitor and evaluate system performance and take action if needed.

  • Record test data

    Record data which has been identified specifically during preceding tests in order to verify that outputs of the test produce specific results or to review the reaction of the subject under exceptional or unusual input.

  • Adjust engineering designs

    Adjust designs of products or parts of products so that they meet requirements.

  • Read assembly drawings

    Read and interpret drawings listing all the parts and subassemblies of a certain product. The drawing identifies the different components and materials and provides instructions on how to assemble a product.

  • Fasten components

    Fasten components together according to blueprints and technical plans in order to create subassemblies or finished products.

  • Operate soldering equipment

    Use soldering equipment, such as a soldering gun, a soldering torch or a gas-powered iron, to melt and join together pieces of metal or steel.

Optional knowledge and skills

electrical equipment regulations maintain electrical equipment apply coating to electrical equipment write technical reports cae software use specialised tools in electric repairs electrical wiring plans manufacture of electrical wire products repair wiring keep records of work progress inspect electrical supplies use wire hand tools resolve equipment malfunctions electric generators cad software oversee logistics of finished products use cam software design electric power systems electrical wire accessories dispose of hazardous waste electric motors apply technical communication skills integrate new products in manufacturing power engineering electrical power safety regulations nuclear energy use wire processing machinery electrical machines wire harnesses maintain electrical engines electromechanics materials science switching devices monitor machine operations electric drives power electronics maintain power plants bend wire troubleshoot