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Electrical Engineering Technologists

Also called: Design Tech, Engineering Tech, Engineering Technologist, Technologist

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What they do:
Assist electrical engineers in such activities as process control, electrical power distribution, or instrumentation design. May prepare layouts of electrical transmission or distribution systems, supervise the flow of work, estimate project costs, or participate in research studies.
On the job, you would:
  • Diagnose, test, or analyze the performance of electrical components, assemblies, or systems.
  • Review electrical engineering plans to ensure adherence to design specifications and compliance with applicable electrical codes and standards.
  • Calculate design specifications or cost, material, and resource estimates, and prepare project schedules and budgets.


Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development
  • computers and electronics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one


Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by writing
Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Dependability
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Initiative
  • Integrity


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • PTC Mathcad
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
Development environment software
  • C
  • Motorola Digital Signal Processing DSP Assembler
Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Bentley Microstation


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
associate's degree
usually needed

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