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Working As An Electrical Engineer Internship

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

  • $69,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Electrical Engineer Internship 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 An Electrical Engineer Internship

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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Electrical Engineer Internship Career Paths

Electrical Engineer Internship
Electronics Engineer Digital Design Engineer
Analog Design Engineer
5 Yearsyrs
Electrical Design Engineer Senior Electrical Engineer
Electrical Engineer Lead
8 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Engineer Maintenance Supervisor
Engineering/Maintenance Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Process Engineer Facility Engineer
Facilities/Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Analyst Chemist
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Application Engineer Controls Engineer
Lead Controls Engineer
9 Yearsyrs
Electrician Electrical Technician
Lead Electrical Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Engineer Senior Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Lead Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Senior Electrical Engineer
Principal Electrical Engineer
14 Yearsyrs
Application Engineer Control Systems Engineer
Senior Control Systems Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Engineer Design Engineer
Senior Design Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Electrical Design Engineer
Senior Electrical Design Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Systems Engineer Engineer
Senior Electrical Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Field Service Technician
Senior Electronics Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Field Service Technician Maintenance Engineer
Senior Maintenance Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Quality Assurance Engineer Senior Test Engineer
Senior Manufacturing Test Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Electrical Design Engineer Project Engineer
Senior Mechanical Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Project Process Engineer Process Control Engineer
Senior Process Control Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Engineer Design Engineer Senior Engineer
Staff Engineer
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Electrical Engineer Internship
Internship 15.1%
Volunteer 3.6%
Math Tutor 3.3%
Tutor 3.0%
Technician 2.5%
Trainee 2.1%
Cashier 2.0%
Top Careers After Electrical Engineer Internship
Internship 4.8%
Engineer 4.3%

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Electrical Engineer Internship Demographics

Gender

Male

79.7%

Female

15.4%

Unknown

4.9%
Ethnicity

White

50.1%

Asian

21.5%

Hispanic or Latino

12.9%

Black or African American

8.9%

Unknown

6.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.9%

French

15.9%

Mandarin

6.9%

Chinese

6.9%

Hindi

5.2%

Arabic

5.2%

German

4.7%

Portuguese

2.6%

Japanese

2.2%

Russian

1.7%

Gujarati

1.3%

Dutch

1.3%

Korean

1.3%

Cantonese

1.3%

Carrier

1.3%

Turkish

0.9%

Romanian

0.9%

Hebrew

0.9%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Italian

0.9%
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Electrical Engineer Internship Education

Schools

Purdue University

7.9%

University of Illinois at Chicago

7.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.6%

Pennsylvania State University

6.0%

Arizona State University

5.6%

University of Central Florida

5.6%

University of Washington

4.9%

Washington State University

4.9%

Ohio State University

4.7%

University of Houston

4.7%

Michigan Technological University

4.5%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.5%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.5%

Iowa State University

4.5%

Missouri University of Science and Technology

4.3%

Oregon State University

4.3%

University of California - San Diego

4.1%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.8%

Wayne State University

3.6%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.6%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

66.7%

Computer Engineering

9.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.6%

Mechanical Engineering

3.1%

Engineering

2.7%

Business

2.4%

Computer Science

1.4%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.2%

Mathematics

1.0%

Finance

0.9%

Management

0.8%

Systems Engineering

0.8%

Computer Engineering Technology

0.8%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

0.8%

Physics

0.8%

Communication

0.6%

Computer Information Systems

0.6%

Engineering Science

0.5%

Computer Networking

0.5%

Biomedical Engineering

0.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

57.0%

Masters

28.6%

Other

7.9%

Associate

3.2%

Doctorate

2.4%

Certificate

0.5%

Diploma

0.3%
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Top Skills for An Electrical Engineer Internship

  1. Autocad
  2. Electrical Systems
  3. PCB
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Input electrical design mark-ups into AutoCAD architectural plans of commercial buildings drawn by engineers.
  • Prepare technical drawings and specifications of electrical systems to ensure that installation and operations conform to standards and customer requirements.
  • Assist and prototype their upcoming products with EagleCAD for PCB design and collaborated with software and bio-engineer to complete the project.
  • Assisted senior electrical engineer check and debug the PLC system which test petroleum temperature, pressure, etc.
  • Reviewed, tested and calibrated new digital circuit boards designed to integrated data acquisition.

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