Electrical Engineering Technologists


Education and Training Requirements

High School

In high school, take classes in algebra, trigonometry, calculus, biology, physics, chemistry, computer science, computer-aided design, business, English, speech, and social studies. Honors-level courses are recommended.

Postsecondary Training

An associate's degree is typically the minimum requirement to enter this career, but some employers prefer to hire electrical engineering technologists with a bachelor's degree. Most technologists have a degree in electrical engineering technology or a related field. Many colleges and universities, as well as vocational-technical schools, offer programs in electrical engineering. Degree programs include classes in algebra, trigonometry, science, programming languages, chemistry and physics, logical processors, and circuitry. The Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET accredits the educational programs in electrical and electronic engineers. Visit http://www.abet.org for a list of accredited programs.

Other Education or Training

Electrical engineering technologists continue to learn throughout their careers by taking classes offered by professional associations such as the American Society for Engineering Education, National Society of Professional Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, and Technology Student Association. These groups offer webinars, in-person workshops, conference sessions, and other resources.

Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

Electrical engineering technologists receive voluntary certification to hone their skills, improve their job prospects, and show their level of commitment to their profession. The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies, a division of the National Society of Professional Engineers, offers certification programs in areas such as electrical and mechanical systems and electrical power testing. Learn more at https://www.nicet.org/certification-programs.

Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

Most employers prefer to hire technologists with a degree in electrical engineering technology and one to two years of work experience.

Those who do well in this field are able to pay close attention to details, even when there is pressure to complete tasks to meet deadlines. Electrical engineering technologists are analytical thinkers who use logic to identify and solve problems. They have strong knowledge of math and are well versed in various software programs, such as computer-aided design software. Technologists understand engineering science and technology applications, have strong knowledge of computers and equipment, and know how to create and read blueprints, drawings, and other technical plans. They are able to work independently and on teams with other professionals. The job also requires good reading and listening skills. People who do best in this type of work are realistic, investigative, and dependable.