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Electrical Engineering Associate

VOC Course Subject Prerequisites

Also known as Electrical Engineering Technician.

Electrical engineering associates are involved in the planning, design, selection, installation, starting up and maintenance of electrical equipment, facilities, power plant installations, parts and distribution systems.

Electrical engineering associates usually work on a range of duties that lie between the trade level and technologist level.


    Electrical engineering associates may perform the following tasks:

  • assist electrical engineers with the design and layout of electrical installations and circuitry in power stations, transformers, substations, switchgear, cabling systems and motor-control systems
  • collect information, perform calculations and prepare diagrams and drawings of electrical installations and circuitry
  • determine material costs and quantities
  • check that designs and finished products follow specifications, regulations and contract details
  • use computers to produce designs, detailed drawings and documentation
  • assist with testing and starting up electrical equipment and installations, and in supervising operations and maintenance
  • look after and test equipment, and construct prototypes and final assemblies
  • assist with research and development programmes


  • enjoy technical and engineering activities
  • good with hands
  • capacity for accurate, careful work
  • able to identify, analyse and solve problems
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • good at computing and design
  • good at mathematics
  • able to work independently and as part of a team

Interest Area

Technical/Engineering Scientific Manual/Practical Figures/Computational


Electrical engineering associates may specialise as electrical engineering design drafters, technical officers, substation design officers, test officers and power-system controllers.


VOC Course Subject Prerequisites

To become an electrical engineering associate you usually have to complete a VOC qualification in electrical engineering, electrotechnology systems electrician or engineering technology-electrical. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You may be able to study through distance education.

Additional Information

    After successful completion of a recognised course and a period of approved work experience, you may be eligible for associate membership of Engineers Australia. Visit their website for more details.


Electrical engineering associates are employed by federal, state and territory government departments; private manufacturing organisations; and suppliers of electrical and power electronic equipment. They also work for vehicle manufacturers and in the mining, processing, paper and chemical industries.

Electrical engineering associates work on-site or in offices, technical laboratories or workshops, power stations and control centres.

With further training and experience, it is possible to become a professional engineer.

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