Similar title descriptions: Motor inspector
Salary range: $35,000 – $45,000
Degree/training/certificate required: Two-year degree in electrical technology, or, a two- to four-year apprenticeship or commensurate experience
This is a position that, typically, one tests into after being hired. Those with two-year college degrees will require some on-the-job training. Those without degrees may qualify, based on ability and seniority, for company training or an apprenticeship program. Apprenticeship programs usually require tenth-grade-level math and reading skills.
Maintenance technicians in the electrical arena are in short supply. They must be familiar with electrical tools as well as AC and DC equipment, motors, generators, controls, switches, circuits, control panels, etc.
As expert troubleshooters, they are called in when a production line or piece of equipment is having an electrical problem. They must work quickly, under pressure and show sound judgment by indicating when a piece of equipment must be shut down for safety reasons and when it can keep operating. An electronic repairman makes routine adjustments during their rounds at an Ohio steel mill. They also perform preventive maintenance.