Details Report for:
17-3023.00 - Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologists and Technicians
Apply electrical and electronic theory and related knowledge, usually under the direction of engineering staff, to design, build, repair, adjust, and modify electrical components, circuitry, controls, and machinery for subsequent evaluation and use by engineering staff in making engineering design decisions.
Sample of reported job titles: Communications Technologist, Electrical Engineering Technician, Electrical Technician, Electronics Engineering Technician, Electronics Technician, Engineering Technician (Engineering Tech), Engineering Technologist, System Technologist, Technologist
Tasks | Technology Skills | Tools Used | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
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- Analytical or scientific software — The MathWorks MATLAB ; The MathWorks Simulink; Transmission line simulators; Wolfram Research Mathematica (see all 30 examples)
- Business intelligence and data analysis software — IBM Cognos Impromptu
- Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD ; Autodesk Revit ; Bentley MicroStation ; Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS (see all 20 examples)
- Data base user interface and query software — Database software; FileMaker Pro; Microsoft Access ; Oracle software
- Development environment software — C; Eclipse IDE ; Microsoft Visual Basic ; National Instruments LabVIEW (see all 13 examples)
- Document management software — Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat ; FlukeView Forms
- Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook
- Enterprise application integration software — IBM WebSphere
- Enterprise resource planning ERP software — Oracle Hyperion ; Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne ; Oracle Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management ; SAP
- Graphics or photo imaging software — Graphics software
- Industrial control software — Human machine interface HMI software; Programmable logic controller PLC software; Rockwell RSView; Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software (see all 5 examples)
- Internet browser software — Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Network connectivity terminal emulation software — Terminal emulation software
- Object or component oriented development software — C++ ; Computer aided software engineering CASE tools; Microsoft Visual Basic.NET; Python
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office
- Operating system software — Emulators; Linux ; Microsoft Windows ; UNIX
- Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint
- Program testing software — Debugging software; Rockwell RSLogix; Vector Software VectorCast
- Project management software — Bentley Systems ProjectWise; Microsoft Project
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- Adjustable widemouth pliers
- Adjustable wrenches
- Amplifiers — Radio frequency RF amplifiers
- Antistatic wrist straps — Wrist anti-static straps
- Automatic soldering machine — Desoldering stations; Soldering stations
- Auxiliary generator — Dual power supplies
- Binocular light compound microscopes
- Brushless motor DC — Brushless direct current DC motors
- Capacitance meters — Inductance capacitance resistance LCR meters
- Desktop computers
- Diesel generators — Alternating current AC generators
- Digital cameras
- Electronic counters — Nanosecond universal counters
- Electronic measuring probes — Current probes; Probe stations; Voltage probes
- Frequency analyzers — Harmonic analyzers; Radio frequency RF spectrum analyzers; Spectrum analyzers
- Frequency counters or timer or dividers — Frequency counters; Microwave frequency counters
- Goggles — Welding goggles
- Heel grounding straps — Anti-static heel grounders
- Impedance meters
- Instrument transformers — Transformers
- Integrated circuit testers — Digital logic analyzers; Logic analyzers
- Laboratory mechanical convection ovens — Reflow ovens
- Laser printers
- Level generators — Pulse generators
- Magnetic tools — Magnetic pickup tools
- Microcontrollers — Programmable logic controllers PLC
- Microprocessors — Microcomputers
- Milling machines — Computerized numerical control CNC machining centers
- Multimeters — Analog multimeters; Digital multimeters; Signal measuring equipment
- Network analyzers
- Notebook computers — Laptop computers
- Personal computers
- Phase shifters
- Phasemeters — Phase shift indicators
- Plotter printers — Digital plotters; Plotters
- Portable data input terminals — Dataloggers
- Potentiometers — Direct current DC potentiometers
- Power drills
- Power meters — Power quality analyzers
- Power screwguns — Power screwdrivers
- Q Meters
- Reflectometers — Optical time domain reflectometers OTDR
- Signal generators — Function generators; Radio frequency RF signal generators
- Soldering iron — Soldering equipment
- Speed sensors — Stroboscopes
- Spot welding machine — Welders
- Stripping tools — Wire strippers
- Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe — Bench lathes
- Variable resistors or varistors — Metal-oxide varistors MOV
- Voltage or current meters — Analog current meters; Digital voltmeters DVM; Standing wave ratio SWR meters; Voltage testers
- Welding masks — Welding hoods
- Wire cutters
- Wire lug crimping tool — Wire crimpers
- Wire wrapping tool — Wire wrap guns
- Maintain electronic equipment.
- Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment.
- Review technical documents to plan work.
- Install instrumentation or electronic equipment or systems.
- Confer with other personnel to resolve design or operational problems.
- Resolve operational performance problems.
- Create electrical schematics.
- Assemble equipment or components.
- Evaluate designs or specifications to ensure quality.
- Interpret design or operational test results.
- Maintain operational records or records systems.
- Select tools, equipment, or technologies for use in operations or projects.
- Estimate technical or resource requirements for development or production projects.
- Direct industrial production activities.
- Direct installation activities.
- Document technical design details.
- Estimate operational costs.
- Prepare project budgets.
- Train personnel on proper operational procedures.
- Design electrical equipment or systems.
- Operate computer systems.
- Purchase materials, equipment, or other resources.
- Update technical knowledge.
- Advise customers on the use of products or services.
- Direct quality control activities.
- Create schematic drawings for electronics.
- Analyze costs and benefits of proposed designs or projects.
- Determine operational criteria or specifications.
- Evaluate characteristics of equipment or systems.
- Test green technologies or processes.
|Title||Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed|
|Education||Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.|
|Related Experience||Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include hydroelectric production managers, travel guides, electricians, agricultural technicians, barbers, court reporters, and medical assistants.|
|SVP Range||(6.0 to < 7.0)|
|15-1232.00||Computer User Support Specialists|
|17-3026.00||Industrial Engineering Technologists and Technicians|
|17-3027.00||Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians|
|19-4043.00||Geological Technicians, Except Hydrologic Technicians Bright Outlook|
|27-4011.00||Audio and Video Technicians|
|49-2021.00||Radio, Cellular, and Tower Equipment Installers and Repairers|
|49-2094.00||Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment|
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2020)||$32.48 hourly, $67,550 annual|
|Employment (2019)||125,800 employees|
|Projected growth (2019-2029)||Slower than average (1% to 2%)|
|Projected job openings (2019-2029)||10,700|
|Top industries (2019)||
Manufacturing (37% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 wage data and 2019-2029 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2019-2029). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
- ETA International
- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
- National Fire Protection Association
- National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Electrical and electronics engineering technicians
- SAE International
- Society of Women Engineers