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Electrician / Electronics Technician

 

Overview:

Electrician/Electronics Technicians implement wiring and the maintenance for mechanical equipment in electrical systems.

 

What responsibilities will I have?

  • Installation, maintenance and repair of electrical systems
  • Read blueprints and diagrams while troubleshooting and diagnosing electrical problems
  • Perform preventative maintenance to avoid operational failures of electrical systems
  • Install electrical wiring, assemble electrical parts and test fixtures and components that provide electricity to related instruments
  • Provide drawings and suggestions related to inspection and testing
  • Use computers and other technologies to test electrical equipment
  • Tear apart and reassemble equipment
  • Read dials and meters to determine amperage, voltage, electrical output and input at specific operating temperature to analyze parts performance
  • Install electrical warning systems
  • Ensure compliance with local and national electrical codes
  • Maintain an inventory of the instrument/electrical/electronic parts
  • Assist in developing, trainings and reviewing electrical programs and procedures for company

 

What education and training is required?

A high school diploma or more preferably an associate’s degree in industrial equipment technologies, HVAC Maintenances or electrical/electronic technology is required.  With a high school diploma you will need to earn electrical certifications.

 

To pursue a career as an Electrician:

The following high school courses are recommended:  agricultural education, a focus on science, and mathematics.

 

Where can I work?

Typical employers: employed by farm equipment dealers and manufacturers, grain milling operations, research firms, meat processing companies, as well as some state and government agencies.

 

Future Job Market/Outlook:

The future outlook for Electricians is projected to be good to excellent depending on skills, certification and location.

 

Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations:

  • National Electrical Contractors Association
  • Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association
  • Midwest Equipment Dealers Association
  • International Association of Electrical