Profession electrical engineering technician

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

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Electrical discharge

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

  • 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.

  • Design drawings

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

  • Electrical wiring diagrams

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

  • 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.

  • Electrical equipment components

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

Skills

  • Align components

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Operate soldering equipment

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

  • 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.

  • Assemble electrical components

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

  • 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.

  • Read standard blueprints

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

  • Measure electrical characteristics

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

  • Liaise with engineers

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

  • Prepare production prototypes

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

  • 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.

  • Ensure material compliance

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

  • 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.

  • Adjust engineering designs

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

  • Assist scientific research

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

  • Fasten components

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

Optional knowledge and skills

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