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Electrical Engineering Technicians in High Demand

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.

Electrical engineering technicians in high 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

Conclusion

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.

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Labour Hire for Engineering Projects

Granted, there are countless professions all over the world. In fact, new positions and professions have emerged as the needs and demands change. For example, many countries are now hiring renewable energy specialists that can work on solar, wind, geothermal, among others, in the spirit of sustainability.

Labour Hire for Engineering Projects

Engineering is one of those professions that seem to never run out of clients and projects for one reason: It’s a huge and broad discipline. All industries require the assistance and service of engineers, whether it’s mining, oil, or gas. Everything you see has a touch of engineering. Under it are multitudes of subspecialties and sub-subdisciplines.

It also helps that nations such as Australia and New Zealand continue to produce engineering graduates to help meet the demand. But the question is; do you know how to choose your engineers?

For engineering projects to be successfully completed, often a number of engineers are required to work together on a project to get the job done. As a labour hire company, James Technologies is equipped to supply skilled technicians for a wide variety of engineering projects. If you’re looking for engineers for your engineering projects, then you’ve come to the right place.

We can help you in many ways:

Project Management

Managing engineering projects goes beyond making sure all workers are collaborating and communicating effectively. It also includes efficient use of resources such as equipment and supplies, costing and budget control, and even audit to ensure that the process implemented is correct, according to the set standards of the industry and laws and relevant to meeting the objectives.

Engineering project management can have different sets of needs, goals, and requirements, making it very challenging and complex. A good manager should have the skill, knowledge and ability to establish priorities and meet them, easily adapt to potential changes (as many things can happen in the middle of these projects), coordinate everyone and everything to make sure that everything is on track, manage risks and issues, as well as provide immediate but effective and ideal solutions.

James Technologies specialises in management of several engineering projects, whether they’re large that can span for many months or even a year to small ones that can be accomplished in a matter of days or a week. We are a growing and thriving engineering contractor with specialty in electrical, mechanical, civil, mining, construction, and building.

We can help relieve a huge burden from your shoulders through our advanced level of expertise and experience not only in engineering but mainly in project management.

Engineering Design and Maintenance

James Technologies also specialises in both design and maintenance, which are two critical components in any engineering project. Design is part of planning. In fact, before the procurement of equipment and supply, as well as labour hire, it should be clear for everyone involved, including the client, engineering design.

With the right design, businesses can:

  • Become more efficient
  • Save on costs
  • Provide a safer and healthier environment for its workers
  • Adapt to newer building and engineering trends that are leaning towards sustainability, environment friendliness, practicability, and efficiency
  • Follow engineering standards and codes

We design using modern tools such as CAD (computer-aided design) that provides a clearer visual and even simulation, helping clients better understand the nature, job and essence of engineers.

We then lay down the groundwork, according to the agreed design, as well as the available resources including budget and supplies. We collaborate with other engineers, architects, interior designers and other professionals to get the project done.

Aside from design, we also maintain. Maintenance is necessary for the same points outlined above.

Staffing and Supply Solutions

James Technologies labour hire division support various industries and businesses. If you need professional engineers to help you with your engineering projects, simply call 1300 732 881.

We pool the best technicians from around the country. We make sure that they have the right educational background and training and give importance to any experience and expertise they can provide to our clients. Simply request engineers for your project, and we’ll do the rest for you.

Meanwhile, equipment and supply often don’t come cheap, but they’re absolutely necessary to accomplish engineering projects. We can also provide them for you for a price that’s reasonable.

Conclusion

While engineers are a necessity for all projects, it’s equally important that you have the best technicians working for you. You need professionals who have the skill and talent as engineering is a highly specialised field. We at James Technologies continue to work hard to support businesses by bring skill, experience and expertise to your project.

Whether you need a great project manager or more engineers for your business, we are just a phone call or an e-mail away. Let’s talk.

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Modern Tools for Mechanical Engineering

Many types of jobs may be less in demand or even obsolete in the future. That’s already a given as the needs of society change and as new technologies and scientific breakthroughs emerge. However, if there’s one discipline that is going to be around forever, it’s engineering, especially mechanical engineering.

Modern Tools for Mechanical Engineering

 

Mechanical engineering is considered to be one of the broadest disciplines in the field of engineering because it refers to anything that moves, whether automatically or through mechanical systems and components. Depending on the machine, this may share nature with other types of engineering.

 

Take, for example, robotics. Mechanical engineers do have a hand in building robots since they are still perceived as machines and that parts such as the hands and feet have to move. On the other hand, the entire robot is a huge circuitry, which means electronics engineers can also work with mechanical engineers. Those who are into this industry may also be called a robotics engineer, although it’s still a sub-discipline of mechanical engineer.

 

James Technologies has, over the years, been a reliable and efficient contractor for mechanical engineers. To be more specific, we have provided mechanical engineering jobs in relation to mining, refining, construction, and oil and gas industry. We’ve also worked with several clients and engineers that we have already mastered what the clients need and want from their engineers, and what types of engineers would make the cut at this time.

 

One of the things we’ve discovered is that apart from the knowledge and experience of mechanical engineering, clients also want their engineers to be experts in certain modern tools.

The Importance of These Modern Tools

Why do mechanical engineers use modern tools, and what are these tools? Let’s answer each of the questions.

First, why do they have to rely on certain tools? The truth is all types of engineering require equipment in order to accomplish a job. I even like to believe that all types of work interact with some kind of a tool. For instance, if you’re working as an accountant, then you need a calculator, among others. These tools are mainly to help them do the job.

Second, these tools have evolved and have become modern to help engineers become more efficient, effective, quick, and accurate with their work. A long time ago, to design a component, a mechanical engineer may have to rely on a large drawing board, pencils, papers, etc. They’d spend days trying to complete it.

With modern tools, work is a lot faster. Mechanical engineers can store commonly used elements in a computer, for example. Many types of software already have preloaded tools so they don’t have to start from scratch.

Third, tools can assist engineers in becoming more competitive. Although engineering is here to stay, the number of those taking mechanical engineering has increased. This means competition is much tougher, whether as individuals or as businesses. These modern tools can give anyone a competitive edge, depending on how they are being used.

What Are These Tools?

Computer-aided Engineering Applications

One of the newer tools that are being used by mechanical engineers—or even other kinds of engineers—is CAE (computer-aided engineering). Remember when I mentioned that one can accomplish something like a mechanical plan or product design without having to start from scratch? This is one of the reasons why.

CAE programs can range from simple to complex, with the latter loaded with so many bells and whistles. Regardless, they are meant for the same objective: help engineers design quickly and efficiently. To build something means using any of the elements found within the application. These programs also make it easier to modify designs at any given time.

Product Lifecycle Management Application

This is necessary when you want to perform simulations such as to really see how a mechanical system works even before it’s placed in production. Like CAE, these simulations can be either 2D or 3D. Analysis is also a component of PLM, and you can see how the design interacts or responds to certain factors like increase in loads.

Finite Element Analysis Application

This may already be integrated in a CAE, although you can also get this as a stand-alone application. The main point of using FEA is to simulate how a product works in a real environment. The software then allows mechanical engineers to build a similar but virtual environment, test the product, identify potential issues especially with regard to its performance and structure and then resolve them. They can also test their options so they can properly figure out which one will help them solve an issues.

Conclusion

The relationship between these modern tools and users, such as mechanical engineers, is symbiotic. These tools help the latter do their job efficiently, while the latter has the responsibility to maximize such tools to give them real value.

If you looking for a skilled mechanical engineer for your project, or you’re looking for mechanical engineering jobs, contact James Technologies. We only employ qualified engineers and technicians to get the job done right, and on time.

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The Sub-disciplines of Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineering remains to be one of the most in-demand jobs in the country and perhaps even the entire world. One of the key reasons is because it has been broken into many sub-disciplines.

As being a licensed electrical contractor, James Technologies are specialists in the field of electrical engineering. Having been in business for many years, I’ve learnt to instinctively know what type, or sub- disciplinary of electrical engineering clients need for a variety of projects.

The Sub-disciplines of Electrical Engineering

The Sub-disciplines of Electrical Engineering

In this article, I will explain what these sub-disciplines are in the hope that you will:

  • Be able to find the right electrical engineering project to match your knowledge, experience, and expertise.
  • Figure out the requirements of clients per sub-discipline
  • Understand the scope of electrical engineering
  • Obtain the much-needed skill, educational background, training and experience for your desired sub-discipline

What Is Electrical Engineering?

But before we get into what these sub-disciplines are, we need to know firs the definition of electrical engineering.

Electrical engineering is a branch of engineering that revolves around electricity and its adherents, such as electromagnetism and electronics. It’s about harnessing the power of electricity in order to make something work, conversion of mechanical and other forms of energy to electricity, designing tools and equipment that work with or for electricity, making electricity more efficient and even sustainable, etc.

Sub-disciplines

With this definition in mind, the following sub-disciplines emerge:

Power Engineering

Power engineering refers to the design, distribution, and maintenance of electricity. Usually, these types of engineers are hired by large companies that have a role in the harnessing and then distribution of power from the source to the many homes and offices that are part of a grid.

As a power engineer, your main roles can include designing the best plan in order to make electrical distribution efficient. You also have to devise means to prevent or significantly reduce the chances of electrical issues such as blackouts and power surges. You will also have to conduct maintenance, among others, of the equipment that are also part of the network, including but not limited to transmission and power lines.

Interested in this sub-disciplinary? Then read my previous article ‘Electrical power engineering as a Career, what you can expect?

Signal Processing

What makes the modem, telephone, and the television similar? They all work through signals. As a signal processing engineer, you are responsible for detecting, analysing and even modifying or manipulating signals in order to derive the correct input and output depending on the device that one has to work on. These signals can be either audio or video (or both), which means you are more likely to work in industries that revolve around these two components like telecommunications or television manufacturing.

Computer Engineering

This is perhaps one of the most recognised and popular sub-disciplines of electrical engineering simply because there’s a huge demand, awareness and users of computers and other related systems.

One of the most common misconceptions is that computer engineers deal with computers only. They may also have to extend their duty to other devices including gaming consoles since these may also have to work closely with PCs. Computer engineers work with both hardware and software, though not as intensively with regard to the latter as the task is normally handled by software engineers.

Telecommunications Engineering

The keyword here is transmission. How do you transmit a data such as a signal from the source to its recipient and vice versa? Telecommunications engineers may sound like signal processing engineers, but again, the work of the latter doesn’t include transmission.

Today transmission of information can be accomplished through cables, satellites, or even free space. The role of the telecommunications engineer is to design, improve, and make transmission systems more efficient. It is extremely important that data loss is kept to a minimum.

Electronics Engineering

Anything that deals with electronic components or circuitry forms part of the nature of electronics engineering. As an electronics engineer, it is your job to design, enhance and maintain components of different types of circuit boards, and mind you, the number of items that require circuitry are growing incredibly rapidly). In fact, there’s already a sub-discipline for electronics engineering called micro-electronics. Its popularity may be fuelled by the fact that many things have been “downsized,” such as mobile phones. Micro-electronics engineers deal with circuitry sometimes to the nano level.

Conclusion

Electrical engineering is a very exciting field, as you have plenty of options and opportunities to apply your knowledge although some may require a more specific training. Take, for example, computer engineering, which can be an entirely different university program.

Regardless, it doesn’t change the fact that the ability to embrace multiple sub-disciplines make sure that you will never run out of work in this industry provided that you also put the best effort.

Contact James Technologies for electrical engineering jobs, we are always ready to help you and guide you.

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