Electrical engineering technologists help to design,
develop, test, and manufacture electrical and electronic equipment
such as communication equipment, radar, industrial and medical
measuring or control devices, navigational equipment, robotics, and computers.
They may work in product evaluation and testing, using measuring and
diagnostic devices to adjust, test, and repair equipment.
Electrical and electronic engineering technology also is applied to
a wide variety of systems such as communication and process
controls. Electrical engineering technologists may also be involved
in the generation and distribution of electric power. With renewed
interest in alternate forms of electric generation (wind, solar, etc.)
this field is growing in importance, and requires the expertise of
electrical engineering technologists.
Electrical engineering technologists often applying project
management skills, and preparing design and operation documents for an
electrical system. They may also be involved in selecting
appropriate devices and practices, and will interact between designers,
developers, and customers.
interested in a career in electrical engineering technology should
consider reviewing engineering technology programs that are accredited
by ABET, Inc. However, there are many ET programs not yet accredited by
ABET, so check with your local community college or university for more
information. If you choose to attend a program that is not ABET
accredited, you should be sure that the university is regionally accredited. Students take courses such as digital
electronics, linear electronic circuits, programmable logic controllers,
fundamentals of semiconductors, and technical physics.