One of the most popular jobs in the country, and throughout the world, is engineering. We always need someone who can design and implement systems, help build infrastructure, support the growth of technologies, head innovation, etc. However, not all types of engineering can be considered as in demand.
As one of the leading labour hire recruitment agencies in Australia, I know the demand for electrical engineering technicians are constantly high. While there are many career paths associated with engineering, being an electrical engineering technician is one of the most rewarding.
Today I will explain why electrical engineering technicians are in such high demand. But before we get into statistics, let us talk first about what this job entails.
What Are the Roles of an Electrical Engineer?
As its name suggests, an electrical engineering technician is generally responsible for anything related to electricity and electronics. Thus, you are expected to:
Design electrical systems:Technicians
Can you imagine a building, business or home that does not require electricity? Sure, we already know of people who prefer to go off grid, but electricity still exists as they harness renewable energy and convert it to electricity.
As an electrical engineering technician, you are in charge of designing electrical systems, transmissions, and connections in relevance to industry and government standards or codes, design of the infrastructure and equipment the client wishes to use, among other things.
These days, part of such design is how to make buildings or businesses energy efficient. You are also expected to work with computer-aided software for design.
Lead or collaborate on projects:
Especially in an industry setting, you will be working with your own as well as other teams to accomplish one huge project. It is therefore essential that you know the essence of teamwork. You should have good communication and collaborative skills. Depending on your skill and experience, you may be asked to lead a team. If this happens, then you must know more about project management and communicate with the upper management. As a leader, you may be also asked to:
- Provide cost analysis or recommend estimated budget for the project
- Create and monitor project milestones and schedules
- Document the process workflow and create reports
Work with different tools and equipment:
Engineers are required to deal with various tools and equipment that will allow them to perform their jobs conveniently, easily and with a high level of professionalism, efficiency and accuracy. These pieces of equipment include but are not limited to diagnostics, design, repair and collaboration. Although you are not expected to be an expert in everything, you should display adeptness—that is, you are quick to learn.
Why This Job Is In Demand
Although being an electrical engineering technician requires a lot from you—that is why you should have proper training and education, even experience—it is all worth it. This is a job that is high in demand and stable.
One of the foremost reasons is the fact that almost all industries need you, whether it is gas, retail, mining or construction. The job descriptions may slightly differ as each of these industries has its own needs and requirements, but the bottom line is that they need to have you.
As for statistics especially in prospects or job outlook, it is expected that employment will be stable. Although within the next 3 years, the demand will slightly decline; in the long term it will remain to be very strong.
Moreover, an electrical engineering technician has a very high chance of employed full time. Currently, about 96% of them have full-time employment. This also means that the unemployment rate is low when compared to other engineering professions.
Electrical engineering technicians also work fewer hours than other professions. On the average, a professional may spend around 42.5 hours per week. An electrical engineering technician, on the other hand, may work for 40 hours a week, which is standard. This is good news since you have a better opportunity to achieve work-life balance by pursuing this career.
When it comes to industries, your biggest market is construction, which employs around 34% of all electrical engineers in the country. This is followed by electricity, water, waste and gas services, then manufacturing at 16.2%.
If you want to know more about becoming an Electrical engineering technician, visit http://joboutlook.gov.au/occupation.aspx?code=3123&search=&Tab=prospects
To become an electrical engineering technician, it demands hard work. You need to be well educated (at the very least you should have a degree or a vocational certificate) and even experienced in the field. Aside from technical talents, you should also have soft skills including great communication and leadership. But considering that this is a long-term, stable job that pays well, all your efforts are worth it.
When looking for electrical engineering jobs, get in touch with James Technologies. I’ll be more than happy to help you connect with qualified technicians.