Electrical engineering technicians typically work in electronics manufacturing, electrical design, or electronic device repair roles. Electricians typically work on larger scale items like adding or fixing power infrastructure in homes, industrial / commercial buildings.

Electrical engineering technicians typically work on a more delicate or intricate tasks: working on testing PCB boards with electrical measurement tools, soldering wires, or connecting and testing Wires for a dashboard in a car on a production line. Electrical engineering technicians often learn how to read complicated engineering schematic drawings and using advanced electrical measurement tools to debug issues.

Electricians are typically working on wiring up power or sensors in buildings running long wires and following electrical codes and standards so everything is safe.

Both follow all the fundamentals of electricity and troubleshooting, but the contexts are often quite different.

If you like using power tools, working in the field (different locations), and large scale projects think electrician. If you like staying in the same spot each day diagnosing and solving intricate problems or building / taking apart electrical components, then electrical engineering technicians may be for you.

In my experience, it is a much quicker learning curve in an apprenticeship because it puts all the complicated rules of electrical circuitry into direct context vs looking at confusing diagrams of electrical flow in a classroom.

Interested in finding more info? Check out the Classet electrician forum to get a feeling for your interests and ask questions

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