Electric power technicians construct and maintain mechanisms used in electrical power generation, power transmission, and power distribution. They also maintain and repair power generators, electrical transformers, power converters, and circuit breakers. They control and monitor voltage related to their employer’s power plants.
They must document installation procedures and repairs. They must have good computer skills, since they must maintain or adjust power levels by using high-technology tools and equipment. They must also learn relevant computer software. They must be able to troubleshoot problems related to relevant equipment, instruments, and tools that. They must follow Occupational Safety and Health administration regulations, as well as their own company’s safety rules and regulations. They must attend and successfully complete various on the job training. They must follow their employer’s policies, procedures, and guidelines. They must have good interpersonal skills. They must be able to work independently with minimal supervision, as well as in a team environment. They must be able to communicate clearly. They must be able to walk or stand for long periods of time. They must be able to stoop, bend, or squat to perform their job. They must not be afraid of heights.
Employers usually require that electric power technicians have an associate’s degree or a certificate from a trade school, plus a few years of commensurate experience. However, completion of apprenticeship programs may also meet work experience requirements.
Electric Power Technician Tasks
Inspect electrical systems and equipment, parts, and tools, to identify and solve problems.
Follow safety procedures and ensure a safe work site.
Advise engineers on tolerances, construction needs, and safety.
Collect, analyze and interpret data to determine the source of problems.
Update parts inventory and orders and log system status.