Electrical Engineering Technologist
Electrical engineering technologists assist electrical engineers with process control, power distribution, or instrumentation design.
What does an Electrical Engineering Technologist do?
Electrical engineering technologists assist electrical engineers in such activities as process control, electrical power distribution, or instrumentation design. They may prepare layouts of electrical transmission or distribution systems, supervise the flow of work, estimate project costs, or participate in research studies.
As an electrical engineering technologist, you would:
- diagnose, test, or analyse 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
- compile and maintain records documenting engineering schematics, installed equipment, installation or operational problems
- set up and operate standard or specialised testing equipment
- review installation or quality assurance documentation.
Key skills and interests
To become an electrical engineering technologist, you would need:
- strong technical ability
- practical and creative skills
- the ability to identify, analyse and solve problems
- good oral and written communication skills
- aptitude for computing and design.
Working hours and conditions
You would usually work a standard week which could include shiftwork and overtime. You might also be on-call to respond to out-of-hours problems.
Your working environment would depend on your exact job, but could include an office, factory, workshop, power station or research facility. You will usually need a drivers’ licence.
How to become an Electrical Engineering Technologist?
Entry Level Education
To become an electrical or electronics engineering technologist you usually have to complete a degree in engineering, engineering technology or engineering science with a major in electrical or electronic engineering. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English, mathematics, chemistry and physics would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.
Electrical engineering graduates may be eligible for membership of Engineers Australia.
Employment of professionals across all areas of electrical and electronics engineering and engineering technology is projected to grow slower than the average for all occupations.
Job growth is expected because of electrical and electronics engineers’ versatility in developing and applying emerging technologies. On the other hand, employment growth could be tempered by slow growth or decline in most manufacturing sectors in which electrical and electronics engineering professionals are employed.
Job growth will largely occur in engineering services firms, and in computer systems design, as industries continue to implement more powerful portable computing devices.