Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians may work independently or provide technical support and services in the design, development, testing, production and operation of electrical and electronic equipment and systems. They are employed by electrical utilities, communications companies, manufacturers of electrical and electronic equipment, consulting firms, and in governments and a wide range of manufacturing, processing and transportation industries.
- Plans and designs telecommunications networks by assessing customer needs, by considering technical specifications, and by analysing site limitations;
- Prepares installation diagrams;
- Installs telecommunications equipment including routers, cables, and electrical circuitry;
- Tests telecommunications equipment including cables, circuits, alarms, and necessary interconnectivity of system components;
- Establishes a regular schedule of preventative maintenance and provides needed repairs to telecommunications equipment;
- Records system configurations and documents installed equipment;
- Keeps an inventory of replacement parts;
- Acquires tools and programming aids to support the installation, modification, or repair of various components of a telecommunications network;
- Trains others in the correct operation of telecommunications equipment such as microwave point-to-point radios, two-way radios (low-band, VHF, UHF) site security equipment, site grounding and other system components;
- Installs, maintains and operates forensic investigation equipment used for telephonic interception, video and voice transmission, vehicle tracking and night vision;
- Installs and repairs antennas;
- Programs various mobile, portable, or hand-held devices and ensures connectivity with the overall corporate telecommunications network;
- Tests and evaluates new telecommunications equipment to ensure it meets the specifications listed by the manufacturer.
Two-year college program in electrical or telecommunications engineering technology.