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Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologist or Technician

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.

People in these jobs pay attention to detail, are dependable and flexible, can think analytically, are cooperative and show dependability. 

There are differences between technologists and technicians. Technologists generally have more responsibility. Electrical and electronics engineering technologists design, develop, install, operate and test equipment and systems. They build and test prototypes, and conduct research with scientists and engineers. They also write specifications & technical reports and develop and control schedules and budgets.

Technicians help design, develop, install and test equipment and systems. They conduct life tests (burn-ins) on assemblies and record and analyze the results. They help to build and test prototypes. They also understand and follow technical manuals to adjust and correct equipment and instruments as well as help develop estimates, schedules, budgets, specifications and reports.

Both positions might use analytical or scientific software and computer-aided design CAD software.

If you’re interested in becoming either an electrical and electronic technologist or technician, you’ll need vocational training or an associate degree.


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Taking pride in your work, with results that can last for many years. That’s the feeling you can get with a career in construction and the many related skilled trades that support this vital industry. If you’re looking for a career where you can be “hands-on,” the opportunities in this field are abundant, from plumbers to planners. For many careers in construction, you’ll need specialized skills that can be gained through certificate programs.

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Texas Labor Market Information, Texas Workforce Commission. Statewide wages by occupation, 2021. Statewide projections by occupation, 2020-2030.

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