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Electrical and electronics engineers must have a bachelor’s degree. Employers also value practical experience, so participation in cooperative engineering programs, in which students earn academic credit for structured work experience. Having a Professional Engineer (PE) license may improve an engineer’s chances of finding employment.Education
High school students interested in studying electrical or electronics engineering benefit from taking courses in physics and mathematics, including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. Courses in drafting are also helpful, because electrical and electronics engineers often are required to prepare technical drawings.
In order to enter the occupation, prospective electrical and electronics engineers need a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, or electrical engineering technology. Programs include classroom, laboratory, and field studies. Courses include digital systems design, differential equations, and electrical circuit theory. Programs in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, or electrical engineering technology should be accredited by ABET.
Some colleges and universities offer cooperative programs in which students gain practical experience while completing their education. Cooperative programs combine classroom study with practical work. Internships provide similar experience and are growing in number.
At some universities, students can enroll in a 5-year program that leads to both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. A graduate degree allows an engineer to work as an instructor at some universities, or in research and development.Important Qualities
Concentration. Electrical and electronics engineers design and develop complex electrical systems and electronic components and products. They must be able to keep track of multiple design elements and technical characteristics when performing these tasks.
Initiative. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to apply their knowledge to new tasks in every project they undertake. In addition, they must engage in continuing education to keep up with changes in technology.
Interpersonal skills. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to work with others during the manufacturing process to ensure that their plans are implemented correctly. This collaboration includes monitoring technicians and devising remedies to problems as they arise.
Math skills. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to use the principles of calculus and other advanced math in order to analyze, design, and troubleshoot equipment.
Speaking skills. Electrical and electronics engineers work closely with other engineers and technicians. They must be able to explain their designs and reasoning clearly and to relay instructions during product development and production. They also may need to explain complex issues to customers who have little or no technical expertise.
Writing skills. Electrical and electronics engineers develop technical publications related to equipment they develop, including maintenance manuals, operation manuals, parts lists, product proposals, and design methods documents.Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations
Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as electrical and electronics engineers. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires
The initial Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam can be taken right after graduation from a college or university. Engineers who pass this exam commonly are called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After getting work experience, EITs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam.
Several states require engineers to take continuing education courses to keep their license. Most states recognize licensure from other states if the licensing state’s requirements meet or exceed their own licensure requirements.Advancement
Electrical and electronic engineers may advance to supervisory positions in which they lead a team of engineers and technicians. Some may move to management positions, working as engineering or program managers. Preparation for managerial positions usually requires working under the guidance of a more experienced engineer. For more information, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.
For sales work, an engineering background enables engineers to discuss a product's technical aspects and assist in product planning and use. For more information, see the profile on sales engineers.
Hispanic or Latino9.0%
Black or African American0.9%
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Rochester Institute of Technology6.7%
Pennsylvania State University6.2%
University of Phoenix6.2%
Wayne State University5.5%
Michigan Technological University5.3%
Georgia Institute of Technology -5.3%
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute4.8%
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee4.8%
Ohio State University4.3%
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor4.3%
State University of New York Buffalo4.1%
University of Houston4.1%
University of North Carolina at Charlotte3.8%
Cleveland State University3.8%
Lawrence Technological University3.8%
University of Cincinnati3.6%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Subsea BOP Controls Engineer||BP America Inc.||Houston, TX||Jan 12, 2015||$161,500 -
|Controls Engineer||Achates Power, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Jan 10, 2016||$154,000|
|Supervisor-Engine Controls||Karma Automotive, LLC||Costa Mesa, CA||Jul 09, 2016||$148,000|
|Regional Controls Engineer||Linde North America, Inc.||Naperville, IL||Aug 25, 2015||$140,000|
|Systems Controls Engineer||Verb Surgical Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Oct 09, 2016||$140,000|
|Subsea Controls Engineer||Chevron Corporation||Houston, TX||Dec 03, 2016||$139,900|
|Subsea Controls Engineer||Chevron Corporation||Houston, TX||Jun 15, 2015||$137,000|
|Control Engineer (Power Generation)||AMEC Foster Wheeler North America Corporation||Hampton, NJ||Jul 21, 2015||$133,968|
|Jack S. Malo Power and Controls Engineer||Chevron Corporation||Houston, TX||Feb 18, 2015||$133,200|
|Staff Controls Engineer, Powertrain Manufacturing||Tesla Motors, Inc.||Fremont, CA||Jul 22, 2016||$130,000 -
|Servo Controls Engineer||Applied Materials, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Oct 19, 2016||$125,536|
|Robotic Control Engineer||Park Plus Inc.||Fairview, NJ||Aug 31, 2016||$121,534|
|Controls Engineer||Verb Surgical Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Aug 20, 2016||$120,000 -
|Controls Engineer||Faraday&Future Inc.||Gardena, CA||Feb 12, 2015||$120,000|
|RDA Excursion Control Engineer||Micron Technology, Inc.||Manassas, VA||Jan 20, 2016||$86,035|
|Controls Engineer||Belcan Services Group Ltd Partnership I||Rossville, IL||Aug 20, 2016||$85,567|
|Controls Engineer||Belcan Engineering Group, Inc.||Rossville, IL||Aug 20, 2016||$85,567|
|Controls Engineer||Epitec, Inc.||Milford, MI||Aug 27, 2015||$85,280|
|Advanced Applications/Controls Engineer||Brookhaven National Laboratory||NY||Mar 14, 2016||$85,000|
|Hybrid Controls Engineer||Karma Automotive, LLC||Costa Mesa, CA||Jul 09, 2016||$85,000|
|Controls Engineer||Tesla Motors, Inc.||Fremont, CA||Aug 31, 2016||$85,000 -
|Powertrain Controls Engineer||Indepth Engineering Solutions, LLC||Auburn Hills, MI||Aug 24, 2015||$75,132|
|Automotive Controls Algorithm Engineer||Arrow Strategies, LLC||Warren, MI||Sep 21, 2016||$75,132|
|Powertrain Controls Engineer||Advantage Technical Services, Inc.||Auburn Hills, MI||Mar 20, 2015||$75,090|
|Robotics and Controls Engineer||Tesla Motors, Inc.||Fremont, CA||Sep 01, 2015||$75,000 -
|Controls Engineer||LHP Software, LLC||Columbus, IN||Jan 12, 2015||$75,000|
|Controls Engineer||Intelligrated Systems, LLC||Woodridge, IL||Apr 13, 2015||$75,000|
|Controls Engineer||Eberspaecher North America, Inc.||Brighton, MI||Aug 26, 2016||$75,000|
|Controls Engineer III||Control Infotech, Inc.||Houston, TX||Jun 15, 2015||$75,000|
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