Electrical & Electronics Engineering Technicians & Technologists

DESCRIPTION

Electrical and electronics engineering technologists & technicians may work independently or provide technical support and services in the design, development, testing, production and operation of electrical and electronic equipment and systems. 

These workers often provide advanced technical assistance and solutions to problems and challenges encountered before, during, and after project construction. They are highly skilled problem solvers that can assemble electrical and electronic systems and prototypes according to engineering data and electrical principles. They often collaborate with other departments to identify, define, and solve developmental problems. 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Design, develop and test power equipment and systems, industrial process control systems, telecommunication, broadcast, recording and audiovisual systems, micro-electronic systems & circuits, computers, computer systems and networks and computer software.
  • Conduct, supervise, or assist in the installation, commissioning, and operation of electrical and electronic equipment and systems other than aircraft electronics or instruments.
  • Set up and operate specialized and standard test equipment to diagnose, test and analyze the performance of electrical and electronic components, assemblies and systems. 
  • Carry out or assist in applied research in fields of electrical & electronic engineering and physics under the direction of other scientists or engineers.
  • Write or assist in writing specifications, schedules, technical reports, control schedules and budgets as required.
THIS JOB IS FOR YOU IF…
  • You are keen to be involved in a career that is an integral to almost all construction industries.
  • You want to be involved in every step from design to implementation of electronic devices and systems.
  • You want to be at the forefront and potentially influencing electrical engineering innovations.
  • You consider yourself a bit of an electromagnetic scientist and are passionate about harnessing and converting electromagnetic energy.

GETTING STARTED

Careers in the BC shipbuilding & ship repair industry typically begin with graduates obtaining an entry level job after completing certification, or with workers moving over from other sectors such as electrical utilities, communications, manufacturing, consulting firms, and a wide range of processing and transportation industries.

Discuss possible career steps with your school counsellor, career counsellor, or a union hall representative and consider high school trades programs and post-secondary per-apprenticeship programs as a great place to start learning about the trades.

EDUCATION & TRAINING

Completion of a two or three-year college program in electrical or electronics engineering technology, computer engineering technology, telecommunications technology or an equivalent is usually required for a career as an electrical engineering technologist. Completion of a one or two-year college program in electrical or electronics engineering technology is usually required for electrical or electronics engineering technicians.

Trade certification as an electrical engineering technologist or technician typically requires supervised work experience for a period of at least two years.

Continuing technical education throughout an electrical or electronics engineering technologist or technician’s career is also necessary to remain current in the field. Individuals can seek out this additional training or it may be offered by employers or the industry.