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Electrical or Electronics Engineering Technologist

Year 12 Preferred University Course Subject Prerequisites

Electrical or electronics engineering technologists apply engineering principles to the design, manufacture, installation, commissioning, operation and maintenance of electrical and/or electronic plants and equipment.

Electrical or electronics engineering technologists may work with chartered professional engineers and senior management in the fields of electrical power, computers, telecommunications and industrial control.

They advise employers and clients in their fields of expertise about the application of new technologies.

Electrical or electronics engineering technologists may work in laboratories, factories or offices, or on ships or oil platforms performing maintenance, design, development and experimental work.


    Electrical or electronics engineering technologists may perform the following tasks:

  • design, test and develop electrical and/or electronic plants and equipment (under guidance from a professional engineer)
  • assist with the planning and design of electrical and/or electronic services associated with heavy industries
  • develop tests and equipment to meet Australian standards
  • administer plans, specifications and contract documents
  • supervise the installation, starting up, operation and maintenance of an electrical plant
  • work out the likely social, economic and environmental impact of a new industry or piece of equipment
  • be aware of the effects of electrical and/or electronic equipment on the health and safety of staff under supervision


  • good at technical tasks
  • able to identify, analyse and solve problems
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • aptitude for computing and design
  • practical and creative
  • able to work independently and accept responsibility

Interest Area

Technical/Engineering Figures/Computational


Year 12 Preferred University Course Subject Prerequisites

To become an electrical or electronics engineering technologist you usually have to complete a degree in engineering, engineering technology or engineering science with a major in electrical or electronic engineering. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your HSC/ACT Year 12. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, chemistry and physics are normally required.

A number of universities in Australia offer degrees in these areas.

Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information as requirements may change.

Additional Information

    Graduates may be eligible for membership of Engineers Australia. Visit their website for more details.


Electrical or electronics engineering technologists are employed in the design, installation and maintenance of equipment in the marine, electrical, electronic, communications, instrumentation, defence and computer industries.

Opportunities also exist in the processing industries, where electronic control and instrumentation systems are increasingly being used.

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

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