Electrical Engineering Technician Kaihangarau Take Pūhiko

Electrical engineering technicians interpret designs and technical instructions from an electrical engineer and ensure that they are accurately implemented. They also develop, install, test and maintain equipment that produces, transmits or uses power.

Electrical engineering technicians may do some or all of the following:

  • research new ways to solve electrical problems
  • prepare charts, drawings and test models from instructions, technical data and system requirements
  • perform tests, record the results and report the findings, recommendations and conclusions
  • estimate materials and costs required for new equipment and installations
  • prepare the technical specifications of contracts, and prepare service reports for clients
  • assess the condition of electrical equipment, and ensure safety and design standards are met
  • install, repair, test, find faults and maintain equipment
  • be involved in the design of complex electrical installations and control circuits under the supervision of an engineer
  • assist electrical fitters with complex problems in the field.

Physical Requirements

Electrical engineering technicians need to have good hand-eye co-ordination and normal colour vision.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for electrical engineering technicians includes:

  • engineering work
  • draughting work
  • experience in electrical or mechanical roles.

Personal Qualities

Electrical engineering technicians need to be:

  • accurate, methodical, reliable and responsible
  • able to follow instructions and remain calm under pressure
  • skilled in making calculations
  • skilled in using computers
  • skilled in problem-solving and decision-making.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for electrical engineering technicians includes:

  • engineering work
  • draughting work
  • experience in electrical or mechanical roles.

Subject Recommendations

NCEA Level 2 is required to enter tertiary training. Useful subjects include mathematics, physics and technology. 

Electrical Engineering Technicians can earn around $20-$30 per hour per year.

Chances of getting a job as a Electrical Engineering Technician are good due to a shortage of people interested in this type of work.

Electrical engineering technicians may progress to supervisory roles overseeing a team of technicians, or complete a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) or equivalent qualifications and move into an electrical engineering role. 

Electrical Engineering Technician