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How to Become an Electrical Technician

How to Become an Electrical Technician

The Electrician Technician program at Virginia College offers hands-on training to help prepare students to pursue electrical technician jobs.

Curious about how to become an electrical technician? Check out the answers to frequently asked questions to learn more about the Virginia College Electrical Technician program and electrical technician jobs.

Q: What do electrical technicians do?

A: A career as an electrical technician is one that varies day to day and allows you to work with your mind and with your hands. Electrical technicians can be responsible for a variety of tasks, including:

  • Installing systems
  • Maintaining systems
  • Troubleshooting
  • Updating electrical systems
  • Maintaining large equipment for factories
  • Home electrical installation
  • Using power tools
  • Using measuring and diagnostic devices
  • Reading voltage meters
  • Reading blueprints
  • Soldering wires
  • Working on elevators
  • Installing electrical systems
  • Repairing faulty wires
  • Troubleshooting to determine problems
  • Assisting other electricians with installation, servicing and troubleshooting of electrical equipment and supply

Q: Where do electrical technicians work?

A: Electrical technicians are often employed at hospitals, retail businesses, colleges and universities, correctional institutions and electrical companies. They work with electrical systems, including power, communications, lighting and control systems.

Q: What kinds of skills are needed to be an electrical technician?

A: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics1, there are a number of skills electrical technicians need, such as:

  • Logical-thinking skills
  • Math skills
  • Mechanical skills
  • Observational skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Writing skills

An electrical technician’s varied skillset is perfect for tackling the many different tasks they will likely face in their career. With a well-rounded knowledge of systems and equipment, a technician can become an expert problem solver that keeps the whole office running.

Q: How will the Virginia College Electrical Technician prepare me to become an electrical technician?

A: Through hands-on learning and instruction from instructors with real-world experience, students gain insight and knowledge that would normally take years to learn on the job. Our lab simulates a safe work environment where students receive practical training, including information about state and local building codes and regulations.

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Virginia College does not guarantee employment or advancement.

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians, on the Internet at