Profession electrical engineering technician
Electrical engineering technicians perform technical tasks to aid in electrical engineering research, and in the design, manufacture, assembly, construction, operation, maintenance and repair of electrical equipment, facilities and distribution systems.
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- 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.
- Design drawings
Understand design drawings detailing the design of products, tools, and engineering systems.
- Electrical equipment components
The essential components of a certain electrical product, such as electrical wires, circuit breakers, and switches.
- 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.
- 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).
- Read standard blueprints
Read and comprehend standard blueprints, machine, and process drawings.
- 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.
- Ensure material compliance
Ensure that the materials provided by suppliers comply with the specified requirements.
- 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.
- Adjust engineering designs
Adjust designs of products or parts of products so that they meet requirements.
- Fasten components
Fasten components together according to blueprints and technical plans in order to create subassemblies or finished products.
- Assist scientific research
Assist engineers or scientists with conducting experiments, performing analysis, developing new products or processes, constructing theory, and quality control.
- Liaise with engineers
Collaborate with engineers to ensure common understanding and discuss product design, development and improvement.
- 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.
- Wear appropriate protective gear
Wear relevant and necessary protective gear, such as protective goggles or other eye protection, hard hats, safety gloves.
- 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.
- 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.
- Prepare production prototypes
Prepare early models or prototypes in order to test concepts and replicability possibilities. Create prototypes to assess for pre-production tests.
- Align components
Align and lay out components in order to put them together correctly according to blueprints and technical plans.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Measure electrical characteristics
Measure voltage, current, resistance or other electrical characteristics by using electrical measuring equipment such as multimeters, voltmeters, and ammeters.
Optional knowledge and skillsuse wire hand tools switching devices repair wiring electric generators apply technical communication skills nuclear energy electric motors maintain electrical engines electrical wire accessories cae software electric drives dispose of hazardous waste use wire processing machinery monitor machine operations cad software electrical power safety regulations wire harnesses integrate new products in manufacturing use specialised tools in electric repairs electrical machines keep records of work progress oversee logistics of finished products use cam software resolve equipment malfunctions electrical wiring plans troubleshoot maintain power plants design electric power systems manufacture of electrical wire products power electronics bend wire maintain electrical equipment write technical reports electrical equipment regulations power engineering electromechanics materials science apply coating to electrical equipment inspect electrical supplies
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