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Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians

What they do?

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.

Where they find work?

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%

What education do I need?

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.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. English
3. Sciences
4. Industrial Arts (Electronics)

What can you expect to make:

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.

Average Wage

Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians wages

Expected Wage by Age

Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians Wage By Age

Unemployment:

4% of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for technical, professional, and skilled occupations.

Unemployment

Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians is considered Average because:

1. Demand, which has been increasing because of strong growth in the electrical/electronics products industry, has been dampened by the 2001 economic slowdown.

2. The rate of wage growth is average.

3. The unemployment rate is below average (5%).

4. The number of job seekers is keeping pace with the number of job openings, and many new entrants are recent graduates/immigrants.

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be below average with demand concentrated in the electricity industry as well as the wholesale and computer sectors.

2. Demand will likely be weak in the communications sector and electrical/electronics products industry.

3. The retirement rate will likely be average.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians are found in Quebec and Ontario while the lowest concentrations are in Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (35%) is close to the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Team project work

2. Proposal writing

3. Presenting

Part Time Workers

Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians Part Time Workers

Part time workers:


3% of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 29,900 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 8% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians Age Demographics

Age Demographics:


The younger-than-average age (37) of worker will likely result in a below-average retirement rate to 2009.

Self Employed

Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians Self Employed

Self Employed:


Roughly 2% of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians are self-employed. This is considered Average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians Men vs Women

Men vs Women:


17% of the individuals employed as Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians are women. Compared to other industries, this is Average.