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Electrical engineering technician

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Summary of occupation

Electrical engineering technicians support electrical engineers in the research, design, development, manufacture, repair and maintenance of electrical systems. They may work in the design, development and manufacture of electrical equipment and products, or in the operation of electrical distribution facilities. Electrical engineering technicians test and maintain electrical equipment, construct and refine prototypes, and undertake complex electrical functions as part of the development and manufacturing processes. They also assemble and install electrical components for installation into buildings and equipment, as well as testing and calibrating these installations.

ANZSCO description: Conducts tests of electrical systems, prepares charts and tabulations, and assists in estimating costs in support of Electrical Engineers and Engineering Technologists. Registration or licensing may be required.
Alternative names: Electrical Engineering Technical Officer
Specialisations: Electrical Engineering Laboratory Technician, Electrical Instrument Technician, Telecommunications Engineering Technician
Job prospects: Limited
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

An electrical engineering technician needs:

  • to be practical and have technical ability
  • the ability to follow instructions
  • the ability to undertake detailed and accurate work
  • problem-solving skills
  • the ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • good communication skills.
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Working conditions

Electrical engineering technicians work throughout Western Australia in workshops, laboratories, factories or offices of electrical equipment manufacturers, power stations and substations and electricity suppliers such as Western Power or Horizon Power. They may also be required to work in the field, assisting with the testing, maintenance or repair of electrical equipment, facilities or distribution systems. They may be required to work in teams with engineers or other tradespeople. They may be required to work at heights or in confined spaces. Conditions may be dangerous as they may be exposed to an electrical current, or electrically-charged equipment and materials. They usually work regular business hours, but may be expected to work longer hours at times.

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Salary details

On average, electrical engineering technicians can expect to earn between $1 500 and $1 999 per week ($78 000 and $103 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. As an electrical engineering technician develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.

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Tools and technologies

Electrical engineering technicians work with a wide range of tools and technologies depending on the specific type of work that they do. They work mostly with computers, especially computer-aided design (CAD) software. They also consult electrical plans and match the plans to circuits and cabling systems, and they often use high-voltage electrical testing equipment. They may also use measuring and calculating equipment to ensure that plans are carried out to exact specifications. Electrical engineering technicians are often required to wear personal protective clothing such as glasses, boots, hard hats and anti-static clothing.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

To become an electrical engineering technician you usually need to complete a relevant VET qualification in electrical engineering.

The Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering and the Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology – Electrical are offered at TAFE Colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Western Australia.

​You can also complete a traineeship. The electrical engineer traineeship usually takes 36 months to complete.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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