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Working As An Electrical Engineer

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

  • $85,125

    Average Salary

What Does An Electrical 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 An Electrical 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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Electrical Engineer Career Paths

Electrical Engineer
Software Engineer Product Manager General Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Program Manager General Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Radio Frequency Engineer Field Engineer Assistant Superintendent
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Application Engineer Process Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Production Manager Estimator
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Engineer Field Engineer Assistant Superintendent
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Engineer Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager General Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Product Manager
Product Line Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior Consultant Product Manager
Research And Development Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Electrical Engineer
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Software Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Employers Before
Engineer 6.2%
Internship 6.0%
Top Employers After
Engineer 5.8%
Consultant 3.3%

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Electrical Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

83.9%

Female

11.0%

Unknown

5.1%
Ethnicity

White

51.2%

Asian

17.9%

Hispanic or Latino

13.9%

Black or African American

9.6%

Unknown

7.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

31.6%

French

9.9%

Arabic

9.7%

Chinese

7.7%

Mandarin

6.9%

German

4.6%

Hindi

4.0%

Russian

4.0%

Japanese

3.8%

Italian

2.9%

Korean

2.7%

Portuguese

2.7%

Carrier

1.8%

Gujarati

1.3%

Ukrainian

1.3%

Cantonese

1.3%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Urdu

1.1%

Bulgarian

0.7%

Turkish

0.7%
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Electrical Engineer Education

Schools

Purdue University

8.2%

Rochester Institute of Technology

7.3%

Drexel University

6.9%

Northeastern University

6.5%

University of Houston

6.1%

Pennsylvania State University

5.8%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.3%

Arizona State University

4.9%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

4.9%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.6%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

4.5%

University of Florida

4.4%

Texas A&M University

4.2%

University of Central Florida

4.2%

Old Dominion University

3.9%

Michigan Technological University

3.8%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.8%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.7%

University of Phoenix

3.5%

Tennessee Technological University

3.5%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

65.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

6.8%

Computer Engineering

5.9%

Business

4.7%

Engineering

3.1%

Computer Science

2.0%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.5%

Mechanical Engineering

1.3%

Management

1.2%

Project Management

1.2%

Systems Engineering

1.1%

Physics

0.9%

Engineering Technology

0.8%

Biomedical Engineering

0.8%

Finance

0.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

0.6%

Computer Information Systems

0.6%

Computer Networking

0.6%

Industrial Technology

0.6%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

0.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

51.5%

Masters

29.5%

Other

9.9%

Doctorate

3.3%

Associate

3.2%

Certificate

2.0%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.1%
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Real Electrical Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Electrical Engineer Vibrant Genomics, LLC San Carlos, CA Sep 19, 2016 $167,565
Electrical Engineer Vibrant Sciences, LLC San Carlos, CA Sep 19, 2016 $167,000
Electrical Engineer HRI Energy Services, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 15, 2016 $160,000
Electrical Engineer Elysium Digital, LLC Boston, MA Jun 22, 2015 $150,264
Electrical Engineer Gerling & Associates, LLC Sunbury, OH Sep 20, 2015 $150,000
Electrical Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Oct 31, 2016 $150,000
Electrical Engineer Bechtel Power Corporation Reston, VA Jun 13, 2016 $149,208
Electrical Engineer 6 Black & Veatch Corporation Rancho Cordova, CA Sep 04, 2015 $147,826 -
$192,750
Electrical Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 09, 2016 $146,786
Electrical Engineer Hitachi Global Storage Technologies San Jose, CA Aug 17, 2016 $146,786
Electrical Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 12, 2016 $146,786
Electrical Engineer Lam Research Corporation Fremont, CA Aug 24, 2015 $145,000
Electrical Engineer Zenith Electronics LLC Lincolnshire, IL Sep 24, 2015 $85,054
Electrical Engineer 3 (Enel3) CDM Smith Inc. Dallas, TX Nov 01, 2015 $85,010
Electrical Engineer 3 (Enel3) CDM Smith Inc. Dallas, TX Jan 11, 2015 $85,010
Electrical Engineer I Michael Baker International, Inc. Moon, PA Dec 22, 2015 $85,009
Electrical Engineer Advanced Instruments, Inc. Norwood, MA Oct 17, 2016 $85,000
Electrical Engineer I Altran Solutions Corp. Bordentown, NJ Jun 16, 2016 $85,000
Electrical Engineer Advanced Instruments, Inc. Norwood, MA Oct 31, 2016 $85,000
Electrical Engineer Quest Global Services-Na Inc. Greenville, SC Nov 09, 2016 $73,633
Electrical Engineer 2 Black & Veatch Corporation Burlington, MA Jan 10, 2016 $73,570 -
$102,649
Electrical Engineer Inabia Software & Consulting Inc. Redmond, WA Nov 16, 2015 $73,567
Electrical Engineer Paving Management Corporation Washington, DC Jul 05, 2015 $73,504
Electrical Engineer Cs Koida LLC Beltsville, MD Sep 10, 2015 $73,504
Electrical Engineer 3 Black & Veatch Corporation Overland Park, KS May 05, 2015 $73,500 -
$94,200
Electrical Engineer Electric Power Systems International, Inc. Albuquerque, NM Aug 16, 2015 $73,500 -
$83,500
Electrical Engineer Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Louisville, KY Nov 14, 2016 $73,500

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  1. PLC
  2. Computer
  3. Control Systems
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  • Required extensive knowledge of Mitsubishi PLC processors.
  • Perform routine system maintenance and computer system administrative functions.
  • Installed electrical control systems for industrial equipment.
  • Provided planning and execution of electrical protection systems devices in medium and high voltage installations.
  • Designed electrical control systems including schematic and control enclosure layout.

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