Electrical Engineering Technician

Electrical Engineering Technician, Electrical Equipment Technician, Electrical Technician   More Names
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Most Common Education Levels

** This graph is based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data and offers a snapshot (based on a statistical sample) of the actual education and training levels of those persons who are currently working in this career. It does not necessarily reflect the education or training that an employer may require of a new hire. **

Current Entry Requirements

Programs for electrical and electronic engineering technicians usually lead to an associate's degree in electrical or electronic engineering technology (or a related program in renewable energy technology). Vocational-technical schools include postsecondary institutions that serve local students and emphasize training needed by local employers. Community colleges offer programs similar to those in technical institutes but include more theory-based and liberal arts coursework.

Prospective electrical and electronic engineering technicians usually take courses in C++ programming, physics, microprocessors, and circuitry. The Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET (formerly the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredits programs that include at least college algebra, trigonometry, and basic science courses. There are also bachelor's degree programs in electrical engineering technology.

Graduates of these programs work as electrical engineering technologists, rather than technicians. In some cases, they are considered applied electrical or electronic engineers because they put electrical engineering concepts to use in their work. Earning an associate's degree in electronic engineering technology eases entry into a bachelor's degree program.

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Career Snapshot

Typical Education:

Certificate (High School + 0-4 years, Certificate awarded)
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Percent Job Growth:

-2% - Decline slowly or moderately
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $47,810 - $75,480

Hourly: $23 - $36