Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians (NOC 2241)

High opportunity occupation

About this job

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

People in this career should have a solid ability in science, math and programming, and practical, hands-on skills in system design and assembly. They should be precise and detailed, skilled at problem solving and able to clearly communicate technical information. It’s important to have knowledge of a range of electrical and electronics codes and standards related to their work. In this job, individuals may need to work on their own or as a part of a team.

Watch the video below to see what a day in the life of an electrical technologist is like.

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Duties

Electrical and electronics engineering technologists:

  • Specify, design, develop and test power equipment and systems, industrial process control systems and instrumentation, telecommunication, broadcast, recording and audiovisual systems, micro-electronic systems and circuits, computers, computer systems and networks, and computer software
  • Specify, design, analyze and install renewable and sustainable energy resource systems
  • Supervise the building and testing of prototypes according to general instructions and established codes and standards
  • Conduct or supervise the installation, commissioning and operation of electrical and electronic equipment and systems other than aircraft electronics or instruments
  • Carry out applied research in fields of electrical and electronic engineering and physics under the direction of scientists or engineers
  • Set up and operate test equipment to diagnose, test and analyze the performance of electrical and electronic components, assemblies and systems
  • Write specifications, schedules and technical reports and control schedules and budgets

Electrical and electronics engineering technicians:

  • Help in the design, development and testing of electrical and electronic components, equipment and systems
  • Lead or assist in inspection, testing, adjusting and evaluation of incoming electrical, electro-mechanical and electronic components and assemblies to conform with product specifications and tolerances
  • Conduct life tests on assemblies as well as record and analyze results
  • Help build and test prototypes to specifications
  • Carry out a limited range of technical functions in support of research in electrical and electronic engineering and physics
  • Install, operate and maintain electrical and electronic equipment and systems
  • Calibrate electrical or electronic equipment and instruments according to technical manuals and written instructions
  • Collect and assemble operational or experimental data and assist in the preparation of estimates, schedules, budgets, specifications and reports

Work environment

People in this job usually work a regular 40-hour week. Overtime may be required to complete projects on time or to repair critical machinery.

Technologists and technicians work indoors in offices, industrial complexes, production plants, power generation facilities and construction sites. Outdoor work may be needed at times and workers may be exposed to various weather conditions. Individuals need to be able to lift heavy objects. They must take safety precautions because they work with electrical equipment and machinery and may be exposed to toxic chemicals.

Insights from industry

Expanding infrastructure networks and support for communications services, such as cellular phones, wireless email and the Internet continue to provide employment opportunities.

Individuals work for electrical utilities, communications and biomedical engineering companies, manufacturers of electrical and electronic equipment, consulting firms, government and in the manufacturing, processing and transportation industries.

People in this career need to keep up to date with recent advances in technology, codes and other regulations. They often need to take additional training or develop professionally. Workers who upgrade their skills have an advantage looking for work.

The industry is moving away from using fossil fuels and moving towards alternate energy sources. Workers with specialization in alternate energy and transportation fields will be in higher demand.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Graduates of a college or polytechnical institute usually take entry level jobs with municipalities, communications and power utilities, equipment manufacturers and consulting engineering companies.

They may move into supervisory or management positions in engineering, production or operations with five to 10 years of experience. Individuals who have completed business courses may have better chances of being promoted to a management position.

People in this career may choose to specialize in related occupations, such as technical sales, electronics service technology, instrument technology and avionics technology.

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