Electrical and electronics engineering technologists perform some or all of the following duties:
A. 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
B. Conduct life tests (burn-ins) on assemblies and record and analyze results
C. Assist in building and testing prototypes to specifications
D. Carry out a limited range of technical functions in support of research in electrical and electronic engineering and physics
E. Install, operate and maintain electrical and electronic equipment and systems
F. Calibrate electrical or electronic equipment and instruments according to technical manuals and written instructions
G. Collect and compile operational or experimental data and assist in the preparation of estimates, schedules, budgets, specifications and reports.
1. Computer and electronic product manufacturing - 19.0%
2. Information and cultural industries - 10.0%
3. Wholesale trade - 8.0%
4. Utilities - 8.0%
5. Public administration - 5.0%
6. Architectural engineering and related services - 5.0%
7. Electrical equipment appliance and component manufacturing - 5.0%
1. To be a technologist, you need a two- to three-year college program in electrical/electronics engineering technology, computer engineering technology, telecommunications technology, or an equivalent area of study.
2. To be a technician, you need a one- to two-year college program in electrical/electronics engineering technology.
3. You may need certification by a provincial association, which is obtained after two years' supervised work experience.
4. There is mobility among related occupations such as technical sales, electronics service technicians, instrument technicians, and avionics technicians.
5. With experience, you may move up the ranks to be come a manager in engineering, production or operations.
6. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma and almost 3 in 10 have an undergraduate university degree.
4. Industrial Arts (Electronics)
The average hourly wages for Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians is $23.11/HR, which is below average for occupations in the natural and applied sciences and related occupations and above average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.