Career outlook for electrical engineering technician
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would set up, maintain and fix electrical equipment and controls like systems for streetlights and railways.
You’d install and test components like motors, panels, generators and transformers, to make sure they’re working.
You could work in a range of industries.
- In the power generation and transmission industry you’d install turbines, switchgear, power lines and street lighting networks.
- If you work on industrial machinery and equipment you’d make, fit and repair drives motors and programmable logic control (PLC) panels.
- In the transport industry you could upgrade rail electrification and signalling systems
- For building services you’d install and maintain lighting, heating and air conditioning systems. You keep lifts and escalators working safely.
You would follow engineering instructions and use wiring and circuit diagrams to help you set up and fix systems.
You would calibrate equipment and machinery using a variety of tools. You’d test the equipment and machinery to make sure they continue to work correctly and safely.
Electricity can be dangerous; you’d need to understand and follow electrical health and safety regulations. You’d keep yourself up-to-date with new developments.
As an experienced technician you may be responsible for creating preventative maintenance rotas and carrying out quality control checks, for example on production line machinery.
You would normally work as part of a team, often supervising fitters and operators. You will need colour-normal vision for this type of work.
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