Electrical Engineering Technician Kaihangarau Take Pūhiko

Electrical engineering technicians interpret the designs and technical instructions of electrical engineers, then ensure they are accurately carried out. They also develop, install, test and maintain equipment that produces, transmits or uses power.

Most electrical engineering technicians working with currents over 50 volts must register with the Electrical Workers Registration Board.

Electrical engineering technicians can apply to Engineering New Zealand to become chartered members.

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

  • understand and follow electrical plans and instructions
  • install, repair, test, and maintain test models of electrical systems
  • record data on testing techniques, equipment, and other work
  • report findings and results to colleagues and clients
  • research new ways to solve electrical problems
  • outline the materials needed for new work projects
  • calculate the cost of new equipment needed for new work projects
  • judge the condition of electrical equipment, to ensure safety and design standards are met
  • help design electrical installations and control circuits, under the supervision of an engineer.

Physical Requirements

Electrical engineering technicians need to have normal colour vision, as electrical components are often colour-coded. 

They also need to be reasonably fit as they may have to walk long distances to work sites, and carry equipment.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for electrical engineering technicians includes:

  • engineering work
  • draughting work
  • electrical or mechanical work
  • using tools
  • applying health and safety guidelines.

Personal Qualities

Electrical engineering technicians need to be:

  • accurate and methodical
  • safety-conscious
  • good at maths
  • reliable
  • able to follow instructions
  • able to work well under pressure
  • good at solving problems
  • good at making decisions.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for electrical engineering technicians includes:

  • engineering work
  • draughting work
  • electrical or mechanical work
  • using tools
  • applying health and safety guidelines.

Electrical Engineering Technicians can earn around $22-$27 per hour per hour.

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.

They may also complete a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) or equivalent qualifications, and move into an electrical engineering role.

Electrical Engineering Technician

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