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Engineering Technician - Electrical

Job Zone

Education
Most occupations in this zone require job specific training (vocational training) related to the occupation (NFQ Levels 5 and 6 or higher), related on-the-job experience, or a relevant professional award.

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Job Training
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€23k > 42
Electronics/Electrical Engineering Technician
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€23 - 42
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Data Source(s):
Payscale.com

Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Shortage Indicator

Electricians are in demand in both construction and industry. Employment has been increasing in recent years, although there is evidence of churn through the recent job hires analysis; there were also over 1,000 jobseekers who were previously employed in electrical trades.

The number of registrations for apprenticeships has been increasing steadily in recent years, although it remains far below the pre-recession level. Short-term issues in sourcing electricians may emerge in this occupation until the output from apprenticeship recovers.

National Skills Bulletin 2018

3%
Occupational Category

Electricians & Electronic Hardware Engineers

Also included in this category:

Electricians; telecommunications engineers; TV, video and audio engineers; computer repairers; hardware engineers (computer); alarm engineers; electrical supervisors.

Number Employed:

36,200

Part time workers: 3%
Aged over 55: 15%
Non-Nationals: 8%
With Third Level: 34%
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At a Glance... header image

Identify and resolve equipment malfunctions, working with manufacturers and field representatives as necessary to procure replacement parts.


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Shane Callanan
Electronic Engineer

Shane Callanan works as an Electronic Engineer with Excelsys Technologies. He heads up the  Applications Engineering group and specialises in the area of power supplies. He a received a Batchelor of Engineering from the Cork Institute of Technology.

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Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Set up and operate test equipment to evaluate performance of developmental parts, assemblies, or systems under simulated operating conditions, and record results.

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Assemble electrical and electronic systems and prototypes according to engineering data and knowledge of electrical principles, using hand tools and measuring instruments.

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Provide technical assistance and resolution when electrical or engineering problems are encountered before, during, and after construction.

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Build, calibrate, maintain, troubleshoot, or repair electrical instruments or testing equipment.

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Review existing electrical engineering criteria to identify necessary revisions, deletions, or amendments to outdated material.

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Collaborate with electrical engineers or other personnel to identify, define, or solve developmental problems.

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Conduct inspections for quality control and assurance programs, reporting findings and recommendations.

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Plan method or sequence of operations for developing or testing experimental electronic or electrical equipment.

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Analyze and interpret test information to resolve design-related problems.

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Modify electrical prototypes, parts, assemblies, or systems to correct functional deviations.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment: Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards: Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

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Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Handling and Moving Objects: Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Computers and Electronics: Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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Mathematics: Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Production and Processing: Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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Mechanical: Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Quality Control Analysis: Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Mathematics: Using mathematics to solve problems.

Entry Routesheader image

The Institutes of Technology offer Higher Certificate and Degrees programmes in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Courses are also available at PLC level from many colleges of Further Education and private colleges.

To apply for the Engineering Technician title, you will need an accredited Level 6 qualification and three years post graduate experience. 

A list of Engineering Technician accredited programmes is available here from Engineers Ireland

Last Updated: October, 2014


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Organisation: Engineers Ireland
Address: 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge Dublin 4
Tel: (01) 665 1300
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