Hometown:Picayune
Age:26
High School:Picayune Memorial High School
Training:Two-year instrumentation and electronics program at Pearl River Community College
Degree:Associate degree in Instrumentation/Electronics
Employer:Aerojet Rocketdyne at Stennis Space Center
Title:Assembly & Test Technician II

Electrical Engineering Technician

KURT SMITH

Kurt Smith found his passion for electrical engineering while completing the instrumentation and electronics program at Pearl River Community College.

Today, he works as an Assembly & Test Technician II, where his daily responsibilities include learning from the technicians who built the engines that powered the Apollo 11 space mission and ensuring his work is performed flawlessly so the hardware performs exactly as expected.

For those interested in a career like his, Kurt recommends having a willingness to learn. “This is an industry that’s growing every day,” he says. “You need to be able to grow with it and be open to a lot of on-the-job training."

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WHAT DOES AN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING TECH DO?


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Electrical engineering technicians test or modify developmental or operational electrical machinery, as well as electrical control equipment and circuitry, in industrial and commercial plants or laboratories. They usually work under the direction of engineers or technologists.

Responsibilities:

  • Assemble equipment or components.
  • Calibrate scientific or technical equipment.
  • Maintain electronic equipment.
  • Inspect finished products to locate flaws.
  • Resolve operational performance problems.