Electrical Engineering Technicians conduct tests of electrical systems, prepare charts and tabulations, and assist in estimating costs in support of Electrical Engineers and Engineering Technologists.

Also known as: Electrical Engineering Technical Officer.

Specialisations: Electrical Engineering Laboratory Technician, Electrical Instrument Technician.

You usually need a certificate III or IV in electrical or electronics engineering or a related field to work as an Electrical Engineering Technician. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Electrical Engineering Technicians.

Tasks

  • Collects data, performs tests and calculations, graphs results, and prepares charts and tabulation.
  • Estimates materials, costs and quantities.
  • Inspects designs and finished products for compliance with specifications and regulations.
  • Assembles, installs, tests, modifies and repairs electrical equipment and installations to conform with regulations and safety requirements.
  • Undertakes electrical workshop functions, such as installing assemblies for protection relays, metering and indicating devices.
  • Assists with research and experimentation programs.

More about Electrical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians

All Electrical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians

  • $1,784 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Electrical Engineering Technicians

  • 6,300 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 88% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 46 hours Average full-time
  • 42 years Average age
  • 4% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Electrical Engineering Technicians (in their main job) grew moderately over 5 years:
from 6,000 in 2011 to 6,300 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Location: Electrical Engineering Technicians work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Construction; Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services; and Manufacturing.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (88%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 42 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 4% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Construction23.4
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services22.1
Manufacturing15.4
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services9.7
Other Industries29.4

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateElectrical Engineering TechniciansAll Jobs Average
NSW27.031.6
VIC20.425.6
QLD21.020.0
SA7.07.0
WA19.010.8
TAS3.12.0
NT1.81.0
ACT0.81.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketElectrical Engineering TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.1-5.05.0
20-245.1-9.39.3
25-3425.8-22.922.9
35-4423.9-22.022.0
45-5424.5-21.621.6
55-5910.4-9.09.0
60-645.9-6.06.0
65 and Over3.4-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationElectrical Engineering TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.6-10.110.1
Bachelor degree8.1-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma20.8-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV57.7-21.121.1
Year 126.8-18.118.1
Year 111.3-4.84.8
Year 10 and below2.7-12.512.5

You usually need a certificate III or IV in electrical or electronics engineering or a related field to work as an Electrical Engineering Technician. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Electrical Engineering Technicians.

Membership with Engineers Australia may be useful.

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Employers look for Electrical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    70% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  2. Engineering and Technology

    69% Skill level

    The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  3. Computers and Electronics

    67% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  4. Mathematics

    64% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Design

    59% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-3023.03 - Electrical Engineering Technicians.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic Mail

    96% Important

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  2. Face-to-Face Discussions

    94% Important

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  3. Work With Work Group or Team

    89% Important

    How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

  4. Being Exact or Accurate

    88% Important

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  5. Freedom to Make Decisions

    85% Important

    How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-3023.03 - Electrical Engineering Technicians.

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