Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians (NOC 2241)

Occupation related to information and communications technology

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Nature of work

Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians may work independently or provide technical support and services in the design, development, testing, production and operation of electrical and electronic equipment and systems. They are employed by electrical utilities, communications companies, manufacturers of electrical and electronic equipment, consulting firms, and in governments and a wide range of manufacturing, processing and transportation industries.

Fields of interest

  • Carrying out tests or trials, process control
  • Creating, designing
  • Crunching numbers
  • Making or building things, constructing, doing repairs, and performing installations
  • Working with computers, information technology, and communications

Main duties

  • Electrical and electronics engineering technologists perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Design, develop and test power equipment and systems, industrial process control systems, telecommunication, broadcast, recording and audiovisual systems, micro-electronic systems and circuits, computers, computer systems and networks, and computer software
  • - Supervise the building and testing of prototypes according to general instructions and established standards
  • - Conduct or supervise the installation, commissioning, and operation of electrical and electronic equipment and systems other than aircraft electronics or instruments
  • - Carry out applied research in fields of electrical and electronic engineering and physics under the direction of scientists or engineers
  • - Set up and operate specialized and standard test equipment to diagnose, test and analyze the performance of electrical and electronic components, assemblies and systems
  • - Write specifications, schedules and technical reports and control schedules and budgets.
  • Electrical and electronics engineering technicians perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Assist in the design, development and testing of electrical and electronic components, equipment, and systems
  • - Assist in inspection, testing, adjusting and evaluation of incoming electrical, electro-mechanical and electronic components and assemblies to ensure conformance with product specifications and tolerances
  • - Conduct life tests (burn-ins) on assemblies and record and analyze results
  • - Assist in building and testing prototypes to specifications
  • - Carry out a limited range of technical functions in support of research in electrical and electronic engineering and physics
  • - Install, operate and maintain electrical and electronic equipment and systems
  • - Calibrate electrical or electronic equipment and instruments according to technical manuals and written instructions
  • - Collect and compile operational or experimental data and assist in the preparation of estimates, schedules, budgets, specifications and reports.

Main characteristics of the occupation

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of a two- or three-year college program in electrical or electronics engineering technology, computer engineering technology, telecommunications technology or an equivalent is usually required for electrical or electronics engineering technologists.
  • * Completion of a one- or two-year college program in electrical or electronics engineering technology is usually required for electrical or electronics engineering technicians.
  • * Certification in electrical or electronics engineering technology or in a related field is available through provincial associations of engineering/applied science technologists and technicians and may be required for some positions.
  • * A period of supervised work experience, usually two years, is required before certification.
  • * In Quebec, membership in the regulatory body for professional technologists is required to use the title "Professional Technologist."

Skill type

  • Natural and applied sciences and related occupations

Skill level

  • Technical

More information

  • * There is mobility to other related occupations such as technical sales, electronics service technicians, instrument technicians and avionics technicians.
  • * Progression to managerial positions in engineering, production or operations is possible with experience.