Electrical technicians install, repair, and maintain electrical equipment. They must have a working knowledge of federal and state regulations as they apply to electrical equipment, and they must stay current on safety practices. Electrical technicians perform a variety of functions, but they are above all responsible for ensuring that electrical equipment runs smoothly. If equipment fails, the first priority of the technician is to repair it as quickly, efficiently, and safely as possible. An electrical technician may calibrate, troubleshoot, inspect, clean, modify, upgrade, or even uninstall electrical equipment. In addition to the equipment, technicians may also work with wiring, voltage, or even forklifts and loaders. Most electrical technicians work in a factory or production-type atmosphere, though this is not always the case.
Electrical technicians are usually required to have a high school diploma or GED, along with some type of electrical certification, license, or trade school work. However, the requirements vary greatly depending on the specifics of the job. Some will provide training and require little experience, while others require an associate’s degree in engineering. However, electrical knowledge is required in most cases. Many need basic computer skills and must be willing to work under a supervisor.
Electrical technicians should be prepared to work a 40-hour week and may work any shift or rotating shifts. However, many technicians can expect at least occasional overtime hours and may be on-call for emergency repairs as well. The work may be indoors or outdoors, but they are usually subject to the conditions of the climate, especially in manufacturing setting. Also, a good deal of manual labor may be required when maintaining equipment or performing other job duties.
Electrical Technician Tasks
Lay out and assemble basic electrical circuits and assemblies.
Lay out and assemble machines based on drawings and detailed verbal instruction.
Perform basic mechanical and electrical troubleshooting.
Read and interpret electrical and mechanical blueprints, diagrams and schematics.