Whether working, vacationing or spending time alone, electricity powers important aspects of everyday life. Therefore, anyone interested in jobs related to electricity have many to choose from. For example, one job choice is an electrician career. An electrician is responsible for installing, repairing and maintaining electrical systems that are in homes and buildings. However, if an electrician career isn’t an option, then other jobs, depending on education and years of experience, are available.
An electrical engineer is responsible for creating, developing and testing electrical equipment such as transmission devices, wiring, electric motors and electrical systems. For example, an electrical engineer may work on a new design of a cell phone system. The engineer also supervises the creation of electrical equipment. A bachelor’s degree in engineering is required to become an electrical engineer. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), as of May 2009 the median salary for an electrical engineer was $86,250 a year.
Electrical Engineering Technicians
An electrical engineering technician is similar to an electrical engineer because he is responsible for working on the design aspect of equipment. In fact, the technician assists in creating, developing and testing electrical equipment such as computers and medical devices. During each state of product evaluation the technician tests the equipment to make sure it works. If it doesn’t, the electrical engineering technician is responsible for adjusting and repairing the equipment. An associate’s degree in engineering technology is needed to work as an electrical engineering technician. The median salary for the technician, as of May 2009, was $55,410 a year.
An electrical drafter is responsible for creating and preparing wiring and electrical equipment diagrams called blueprints. These blueprints are what contractors, construction workers and electricians use when wiring a new building, repairing electrical equipment or creating electrical distribution systems. To work in the field, the drafter needs postsecondary education such as an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree in drafting. The median salary for electrical drafters, as of May 2009, was $54,800 a year.
Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers
An electrical and electronics installer and repairer is a technician. The technician is responsible for installing, diagnosing problems and repairing broken equipment. If he is a field technician, he travels to different locations such as factories to repair and maintain equipment such as power stations and generators. A bench technician doesn’t travel. Instead he works in places such as service center repairing and installing electrical equipment that can’t be fixed on-site. A bench technician maintains electrical equipment such as vehicles. Usually, a person only needs an associate's degree in electronics to work in the field. The median salary for electrical and electronics installer and repairer vary according to specialization. For example, according to the BLS, as of May 2009, the median salary for electrical and electronics installers and repairers (transportation equipment) was $46,550 per year.