Electrical Technician

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At A Glance: Electrical Technician

Electrical technicians are responsible for inspecting, testing, repairing, and maintaining electrical equipment at generating and substations. The work with a variety of tools and equipment to solve electrical problems. They may test and repair equipment such as circuit boards and breakers, control panels, and meters. Because they work with electrical currents, electrical technicians must uphold safety and quality standards to protect their and others' lives on the job. To become an electrical technician at a generating or substation requires at least a certification and 1-2 years of training. Sometimes they must complete an apprenticeship program. Electrical technicians earn approximately $30.93 an hour. The need for Electrical Technicians grows at a rate of 2% to 4% per year.

Entry Level Requirements



To become an electrical technician requires a post-secondary certificate after high school graduation. In some positions, an associate's degree or some college coursework is required.
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Hourly Rate: $18 - $46/HR.

Job Details: Electrical Technician

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Commonly Performed Tasks

Electrical technicians ensure electrical equipment are operating correctly in generating stations, substations, and in-service relays. On a daily basis, they inspect, test and repair electrical equipment to keep equipment working properly.
  • Repair, maintain, test, fine-tune machines, devices, and equipment
  • Analyze data, determine system performance characteristics and evaluate the effects of modifications
  • Inspect and test equipment and circuits for problems, prepare and maintain records of tests
  • Consult manuals, wiring diagrams, and engineers to solve problems and determine optimal function.

Required Job Skills

Electrical technicians require specific skills, abilities and knowledge to do their jobs effectively. Because they are responsible for maintaining all electrical equipment at generating and substations, they regularly work within a team. Their job requires the ability to read complex informational texts and blueprints to properly maintain and repair equipment.
  • Concentrate on a task without being distracted
  • Knowledge of machines, tools, and materials
  • Identify, analyze, and solve complex problems
  • Actively listen and follow directions
  • Comprehend complex informational text and visuals

Education & Training Information

Programs and Opportunities

Stark State College
Program: Electrical Maintenance Technology
Certification: Associate's Degree
Length: 2 Years
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Program: Electrical Technology
Certification: Associate's Degree
Length: 2 Years
Westmoreland County Community College
Program: Electronic Engineering Technology
Certification: Associate's Degree
Length: 2 Years
Community College of Allegheny County - South Campus
Program: Electronics Basic
Certification: Certificate
Length: 1 Year
Belmont College
Program: Industrial Electronics
Certification: Associate's Degree
Length: 2 Years
Butler County Community College - Main Campus
Program: Electronics Technology
Certification: Associate's Degree
Length: 2 Years

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