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What electrical engineering technicians do

Depending on exact duties, EETs can also be called engineering technicians, electronics technicians or instrument and controls technicians.

They are often responsible for identifying issues and finding their solutions. Job duties may include:

  • Testing or modifying electrical machinery or electrical control equipment and circuitry
  • Setting up and operating test equipment to evaluate performance of parts, assemblies or systems and recording the results
  • Providing technical assistance and resolution for electrical or engineering problems in buildings
  • Building, calibrating, maintaining or troubleshooting electrical instruments or testing equipment

Job opportunities are vast, as nearly every industry requires electrical engineering technicians to keep the machines, equipment and technology necessary for their operation up and running.

From working in utilities to repairing slot machines, a base knowledge in electrical engineering can be applied to a nearly endless number of career paths. There's also great demand for electrical engineering technicians in the renewable energy industry. Companies that operate or manufacture products for solar, wind, hydropower and geothermal energy all require professionals who can work closely with engineers to test equipment, identify problems and find solutions.

Overall, a degree in electrical engineering technology gives individuals the ability to look for jobs in a ton of places across several industries. Those looking for flexibility in their career paths are likely to be a good fit in this field.

THERE WERE 187,935 CLEAN JOBS IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY LOCATED IN THE U.S. AS OF APRIL 2015.