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ARE YOU MECHANICALLY INCLINED? DO YOU ENJOY WORKING WITH YOUR HANDS, TROUBLESHOOTING AND REPAIRING EQUIPMENT? IF SO, THEN WHY NOT EARN A GOOD LIVING DOING WHAT YOU ENJOY BY BECOMING AN ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN!  Electrical and electronic engineering technicians, commonly known as instrumentation and electrical (I&E) technicians, are a must-have when it comes to the continued operation of many businesses. They install, maintain, and repair automated equipment vital to functioning of manufacturing and industrial plants as well as for pipeline systems and power generation companies and many other high tech operations. Electrical and electronic engineering technicians are in constant demand in the Gulf Coast region. The demand for electrical and electronic technicians translates into outstanding career opportunities for individuals entering into the workforce as well as individuals with an electronic background looking to change careers. ARE YOU MECHANICALLY INCLINED? DO YOU ENJOY WORKING WITH YOUR HANDS, TROUBLESHOOTING AND REPAIRING EQUIPMENT?

If so, then why not earn a good living doing what you enjoy by becoming an Electrical Engineering Technician!

Electrical and electronic engineering technicians, commonly known as instrumentation and electrical (I&E) technicians, are a must-have when it comes to the continued operation of many businesses. They install, maintain, and repair automated equipment vital to functioning of manufacturing and industrial plants as well as for pipeline systems and power generation companies and many other high tech operations. Electrical and electronic engineering technicians are in constant demand in the Gulf Coast region. The demand for electrical and electronic technicians translates into outstanding career opportunities for individuals entering into the workforce as well as individuals with an electronic background looking to change careers.


The Gulf Coast Region needs 165 new Electrical & Electronic Engineering Technicians every year

 

The Gulf Coast Region needs 165 new Electrical & Electronic Engineering Technicians every year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


There are expected to be nearly 5,000 Electrical & Electronic Engineering Technicians in the Gulf Coast region by 2022.

There are expected to be nearly 5,000 Electrical & Electronic Engineering Technicians in the Gulf Coast region by 2022.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Electrical & Electronic Engineering Technicians earn an average annual salary of nearly $65,000 per year in the Gulf Coast Region!

They are found at a variety of industries with the largest number working at various manufacturing companies.

 

Electrical & Electronic Engineering Technicians earn an average annual salary of nearly $65,000 per year in the Gulf Coast Region!


Pathway to Becoming an I&E Technician

In addition to a high school diploma or a GED, employers generally require an associate's degree in instrumentation technology, industrial technology, and industrial control or related. As machinery gets more and more complex, it is becoming increasingly difficult to enter this field without formal training. Electrical and electronics engineering technicians are commonly required to be able to read schematics and blueprints, calibrate instruments, and perform component level troubleshooting. In the Gulf Coast region, there are two options for obtaining training:

  • Training programs at postsecondary vocational/technical schools
  • Training programs at community colleges

High schools may also offer related programs although they vary in scope. High school programs are an asset offering an introduction to the skills of the trade. Individuals completing related high school training are better prepared for successful completion of more intensive career preparation at vocational schools and community colleges.


License and Certification Requirements

Most employers require NCCER instrument technician certification or a combined industrial maintenance electrical and instruments technician certification. Additional information can be obtained at the National Center for Construction Education and Research.

Many positions involve electrical work and require a license. Types of licenses vary from an apprentice to a master electrician.


Preparing for a Career as an Electrical Engineering Technician*

9th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English I

World Geography

Career-Related Electives:
Principles of Manufacturing
or Energy, Power and
Transportation Systems

Algebra I

Languages other than English I

Biology

Health/PE or Equivalent

10th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English II

World History

Career-Related Electives:
Welding

Geometry

Languages other than English II

Chemistry

11th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English III

United States History

Career-Related Electives:
Advanced Welding or Practicum
in Manufacturing

Algebra II

Professional Communications

Physics

12th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English IV

Government/Economics

Career-Related Electives:
Manufacturing Engineering or
Scientific Research and Design
or Engineering Mathematics

Precalculus

Fine Arts

Engineering design and Problem Solving

Source: AchieveTexas.org

Gulf Coast Region Electrical Engineering Technician Programs

Community Colleges

Technical Colleges

Major Employers in the Gulf Coast Region

*Includes the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton.

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