Electrician / Electronics Technician
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