You'll need at least a bachelor's degree to qualify for a position as an electrical engineering technologist. Alongside full-fledged engineers, these professionals often draw up engineering designs, calculate project costs and help with product testing.
An electrical engineering technologist is involved with maintenance, testing, installation or inspection in fields such as controls and automation, robotics, power generation and distribution, instrumentation and communications. They can work in a variety of settings, including manufacturing plants and power distribution facilities. A bachelor's degree in electrical engineering technology is typically required.
|Required Education||Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering technology or other relevant field|
|Projected Job Outlook (2014-2024)*||Decline of 2% (electronics engineering technicians)|
|Median Annual Salary (2015)*||$61,130 (for electrical and electronics engineering technicians)|
Sources: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Salary Information for an Electrical Engineering Technologist
While the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) doesn't have data specifically for electrical engineering technologists, it does report that electrical engineering technicians earned a median annual salary of $61,130 in 2015. The bottom-paid 10% of these professionals earned $36,170 or less per year, while the top-paid 10% made $90,570 or more on an annual basis, per the BLS.
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Career Information for an Electrical Engineering Technologist
An electrical engineering technologist is involved in electrical engineering fields such as process control, instrumentation design or electrical power distribution and uses engineering knowledge and electrical technical skills to perform duties in manufacturing plants, power utilities, industrial control or other areas that need practical application of electrical engineering knowledge.
Duties of an electrical engineering technologist may include calculating specifications of designs, estimating materials costs, preparing project budgets, designing or modifying schematics, installing and maintaining control systems or industrial automation systems, ensuring compliance with codes and regulations, developing maintenance standards, supervising electrical prototypes during construction and testing, analyzing and interpreting data, maintaining records and identifying and solving other electrical engineering problems.
A bachelor's degree is usually required to work as an electrical engineering technologist. An electrical engineering technology bachelor's degree will have courses on such topics as electrical drafting, programmable controller fundamentals, digital systems designs, automatic control systems, applied engineering mathematics, industrial automation, electrical power systems, circuits and microprocessors. At the end of their senior year in college, students in an electrical engineering technology program may be eligible to begin registration as a professional engineer by taking the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination. However, only some states allow engineering technologists to earn professional engineer licensure; others restrict it to engineers.
The good news is that a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering or a similar field can qualify you for a position as an electrical engineering technologist. The bad news is that employment opportunities for electrical engineering technicians is expected to decline by 2% from 2014-2024. Further good and bad news is that it depends on your state whether or not you're eventually qualified for professional engineer licensure.