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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.
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Hispanic or Latino11.8%
Black or African American0.6%
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Houston Community College11.8%
University of Houston7.8%
University of Phoenix7.8%
Pennsylvania State University5.9%
Oklahoma State University5.4%
Central Piedmont Community College4.4%
Wentworth Institute of Technology4.4%
More Tech Institute4.4%
Greenville Technical College4.4%
Texas State Technical College - Waco3.9%
Tulsa Community College3.9%
University of Southern Mississippi3.9%
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College3.9%
Pittsburgh Technical Institute3.9%
Rochester Institute of Technology3.4%
Texas A&M University3.4%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Lead Electrical Designer||Worleyparsons Group, Inc.||Houston, TX||Jul 15, 2013||$248,331|
|Electrical Designer||Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals, Inc.||Houston, TX||Jun 28, 2016||$133,800|
|Principal Engineer-Electrical Design & Product TE||SPX Transformer Solutions, Inc.||Waukesha, WI||Sep 18, 2013||$121,514|
|Staff Engineer, Electrical Design||Renesas Electronics America Inc.||Novi, MI||Jun 03, 2015||$120,000|
|Electrical Designer (Engineer)||Bechtel Oil, Gas &Amp; Chemicals, Inc.||Houston, TX||Nov 01, 2014||$116,459 -
|Electrical/Electronics Applications Design Enginee||Lg Chem Power, Inc.||Troy, MI||Mar 17, 2014||$110,000|
|Principal Electrical Designer I||CB&I Inc.||Houston, TX||May 17, 2012||$103,958 -
|Electrical Designer (Engineer)||Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals, Inc.||Houston, TX||Nov 01, 2011||$95,700 -
|Manager of Electrical Design||Thermos, L.L.C.||Schaumburg, IL||Sep 01, 2015||$95,000|
|Electrical Designer||International Plant Services, LLC||Houston, TX||Sep 26, 2015||$93,600|
|Electrical Designer||Bechtel Oil, Gas &Amp; Chemicals, Inc.||Houston, TX||Aug 21, 2013||$91,146 -
|Electrical Designer||Lam Research Corporation||Fremont, CA||Aug 22, 2016||$90,000|
|Electrical Designer||Global Edge Solutions, LLC||Bakersfield, CA||Sep 18, 2014||$89,440|
|Electrical Designer||Henningson, Durham &Amp; Richardson, PC||New York, NY||Sep 15, 2013||$75,837|
|Electrical Engineer Design Drafter||Entegee, Inc.||MA||Mar 14, 2011||$75,132|
|Electrical Designer||Glumac||Los Angeles, CA||Aug 31, 2016||$72,544|
|Electrical Designer||Exp U.S. Services Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 24, 2016||$72,322 -
|Electrical Engineering Design Drafter||RCM Technologies (USA), Inc.||Oakland, NJ||Oct 27, 2016||$72,072|
|Electrical Designer||Randall Lamb Associates||San Francisco, CA||Sep 01, 2015||$71,469|
|Electrical Designer||Walter Dorwin Teague Associates (Washington), Inc.||Seattle, WA||Sep 16, 2011||$70,003|
|Electrical Designer||EDG2, Inc.||Bethesda, MD||Sep 16, 2014||$63,731|
|Electrical Designer||Pacific International Electric Company, Inc.||Brea, CA||Dec 02, 2011||$63,627 -
|Electrical Designer||Berg Power Engineers, Inc.||West Covina, CA||Oct 01, 2012||$63,257|
|Electrical Designer/Drafter||Storms & Lowe Associates||Los Angeles, CA||Mar 07, 2013||$63,257|
|Electrical Engineering Design Drafter||Design Alaska, Inc.||Fairbanks, AK||Mar 01, 2011||$62,610|
|Electrical Designer||United Power Technologies LLC||Owings Mills, MD||Sep 01, 2015||$62,483|
|Electrical Designer||Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc.||Goldsboro, NC||Mar 09, 2016||$62,067 -
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