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Working As A Distribution Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $70,048

    Average Salary

What Does A Distribution Engineer Do

Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacturing of electrical equipment, such as electric motors, radar and navigation systems, communications systems, or power generation equipment. Electrical engineers also design the electrical systems of automobiles and aircraft.

Electronics engineers design and develop electronic equipment, such as broadcast and communications systems, from portable music players to global positioning systems (GPSs). Many also work in areas closely related to computer hardware.

Duties

Electrical engineers typically do the following:

  • Design new ways to use electrical power to develop or improve products
  • Perform detailed calculations to develop manufacturing, construction, and installation standards and specifications
  • Direct the manufacture, installation, and testing of electrical equipment to ensure that products meet specifications and codes
  • Investigate complaints from customers or the public, evaluate problems, and recommend solutions
  • Work with project managers on production efforts to ensure that projects are completed satisfactorily, on time, and within budget

Electronics engineers typically do the following:

  • Design electronic components, software, products, or systems for commercial, industrial, medical, military, or scientific applications
  • Analyze customer needs and determine the requirements, capacity, and cost for developing an electrical system plan
  • Develop maintenance and testing procedures for electronic components and equipment
  • Evaluate systems and recommend design modifications or equipment repair
  • Inspect electronic equipment, instruments, and systems to make sure that they meet safety standards and applicable regulations
  • Plan and develop applications and modifications for electronic properties used in parts and systems in order to improve technical performance

Electronics engineers who work for the federal government research, develop, and evaluate electronic devices used in a variety of areas, such as aviation, computing, transportation, and manufacturing. They work on federal electronic devices and systems, including satellites, flight systems, radar and sonar systems, and communications systems.

The work of electrical engineers and electronics engineers is often similar. Both use engineering and design software and equipment to do engineering tasks. Both types of engineers also must work with other engineers to discuss existing products and possibilities for engineering projects.

Engineers whose work is related exclusively to computer hardware are considered computer hardware engineers.

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How To Become A Distribution Engineer

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

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

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.

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Distribution Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

80.7%

Female

16.1%

Unknown

3.2%
Ethnicity

White

75.7%

Asian

10.5%

Hispanic or Latino

9.5%

Unknown

3.3%

Black or African American

1.1%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.7%

French

14.3%

Portuguese

7.1%

German

7.1%

Persian

7.1%

Hindi

7.1%

Arabic

7.1%

Carrier

7.1%

Italian

7.1%
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Distribution Engineer Education

Schools

University of Alabama

8.6%

University of Memphis

6.9%

Villanova University

6.9%

Purdue University

6.9%

Auburn University

6.9%

North Carolina State University

5.2%

Oregon State University

5.2%

New Mexico State University

5.2%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

5.2%

Mercer University

5.2%

Michigan State University

5.2%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

5.2%

University of Florida

3.4%

University of Nevada - Reno

3.4%

University of Maryland - University College

3.4%

Mississippi State University

3.4%

Radford University

3.4%

Drexel University

3.4%

Troy University

3.4%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

3.4%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

33.5%

Business

17.0%

Industrial Engineering

7.2%

Mechanical Engineering

6.2%

Management

5.2%

Finance

4.1%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.1%

Civil Engineering

3.1%

Project Management

2.6%

Chemical Engineering

2.6%

Mathematics

2.1%

Computer Science

2.1%

Computer Information Systems

2.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.5%

Computer Engineering

1.5%

Engineering

1.5%

Communication

1.5%

Systems Engineering

1.0%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.0%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

52.0%

Masters

29.7%

Other

10.9%

Certificate

3.1%

Associate

2.6%

Diploma

1.3%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Real Distribution Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Distributed Java Engineer The Mathworks, Inc. Natick, MA Sep 24, 2012 $100,000
Distribution Center Engineer Columbia Brands USA LLC Portland, OR Oct 31, 2016 $97,261
Transmission & Distribution Engineer (Eng2) Southern California Edison Westminster, CA Sep 16, 2015 $90,229
Distribution Center Engineer Columbia Sportswear Company Portland, OR Aug 25, 2014 $83,886
Distribution Engineer Matanuska Electric Association, Inc. Palmer, AK Mar 14, 2011 $83,298
Distribution Engineer VF Outdoors, LLC Ontario, CA Oct 08, 2016 $82,000 -
$110,000
Distribution Engineer VF Outdoor, LLC Ontario, CA Oct 08, 2016 $82,000 -
$110,000
Distribution Center Engineer Columbia Sportswear USA Corporation Portland, OR Aug 31, 2015 $80,798
Distribution Center Engineer Columbia Sportswear Company Portland, OR Aug 25, 2014 $75,600
Engineer, Distribution Planning National Grid USA Service Company, Inc. Waltham, MA Jun 08, 2013 $75,280
Transmission and Distribution Line Engineer Stantec Consulting Services Inc. Wyomissing, PA Sep 08, 2015 $75,005
Engineer-Distribution Asset Management National Grid USA Service Company, Inc. Waltham, MA Aug 25, 2015 $72,987
Distribution Transformer Engineer Weidmann Electrical Technology, Inc. Saint Johnsbury, VT Apr 01, 2013 $72,828
Distribution and Profiling Engineer Equipment Parts Wholesale Louisville, KY Oct 01, 2011 $70,228
Distribution Transformer Engineer Weidmann Electrical Technology, Inc. Saint Johnsbury, VT Apr 01, 2010 $70,000
Distribution and Profiling Engineer Equipment Parts Wholesale Louisville, KY Sep 07, 2012 $69,000
Distribution Engineer Uchicago Argonne, LLC Lemont, IL Nov 14, 2016 $68,715 -
$123,673
Engineer, Distribution Planning National Grid USA Service Company Inc. Waltham, MA Jun 07, 2010 $66,000
Engineer-Distribution Asset Management National Grid USA Service Company, Inc. Waltham, MA Mar 08, 2012 $65,354
Distribution Engineer Leidos Engineering, LLC Urban Honolulu, HI Oct 09, 2014 $63,036
Distribution Engineer Leidos Engineering LLC Urban Honolulu, HI Feb 07, 2014 $63,036

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Top Skills for A Distribution Engineer

ProceduresElectricalSafetyCodeSystemReliabilityTOCDistributionFacilitiesOutageGridProjectManagementCustomerServiceKVManagementSystemCADDistributionCentersCorrectiveActionCapacitorCostEstimatesGISAdditionalTechnicalSupportDistributionCircuits

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Top Distribution Engineer Skills

  1. Procedures
  2. Electrical Safety Code
  3. System Reliability
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Evaluated local system performance, management of system emergency operations, and establishment of maintenance procedures.
  • Stock service stations with items such as ice, napkins, or straws.
  • Designed overhead and underground distribution facilities to serve residential and commercial customers.
  • Prepare switching orders that will isolate work areas without causing power outages, referring to drawings of power systems.
  • Created and analyze electrical schematics within power grids and power distribution.

Top Distribution Engineer Employers