Electrical Engineering Technologists

Electrical Engineering Technologists Program System

Electrical engineering technologists help electrical engineers design and develop electrical power and distribution systems and instrumentation. They create layouts of electrical distribution or transmission systems. They also oversee the work flow, ensuring work is done according to regulations and that deadlines are met. They perform tests on electrical equipment and systems, record data, and prepare project schedules and budgets. They work closely with electrical engineers and other technologists on such things as computer systems, broadcast and communications systems, MP3 players, and GPS devices. The job closest to electrical engineering technologists that the Department of Labor provides information on is engineering technicians (all other). There are approximately 74,290 engineering technicians employed in the United States.

There are approximately 313,970 electrical and electronics engineers employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Assist electrical engineers in designing, developing, and manufacturing equipment that produces and distributes electricity, as well as equipment such as electric motors and machinery
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, with many in California, Texas, New York, Virginia, and Florida
Minimum Education Level
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience One to two years experience; on-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Scientific
  • Technical
  • Computer
  • Math
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Chief Electrical Engineering Technologist or Consultant
  • Senior Electrical Engineering Technologist
  • Electrical Engineering Technologist
  • Junior Electrical Engineering Technologist