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Working As An Electrical Engineer Lead

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

  • $105,468

    Average Salary

What Does An Electrical Engineer Lead 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 Lead

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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Average Length of Employment
Principal Engineer 4.7 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 4.0%
Consultant 1.9%
Top Employers After
Engineer 2.1%

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Electrical Engineer Lead Demographics

Gender

Male

89.5%

Female

7.4%

Unknown

3.1%
Ethnicity

White

54.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.6%

Asian

13.2%

Black or African American

11.0%

Unknown

6.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

21.9%

German

18.8%

French

15.6%

Chinese

6.3%

Romanian

6.3%

Mandarin

6.3%

Polish

6.3%

Arabic

6.3%

Japanese

3.1%

Russian

3.1%

Dakota

3.1%

Italian

3.1%
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Electrical Engineer Lead Education

Schools

Pennsylvania State University

9.2%

Purdue University

9.2%

University of Central Florida

6.4%

Ohio State University

6.4%

Michigan Technological University

5.5%

University of Colorado at Boulder

5.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.5%

University of Southern California

5.5%

Texas A&M University

4.6%

George Washington University

4.6%

University of California - Irvine

4.6%

University of Florida

3.7%

Arizona State University

3.7%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.7%

Oregon State University

3.7%

Drexel University

3.7%

University of Wisconsin Extension

3.7%

Wichita State University

3.7%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.7%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.7%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

60.7%

Business

7.8%

Computer Engineering

5.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.6%

Engineering

3.6%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.3%

Mechanical Engineering

2.5%

Computer Science

2.2%

Systems Engineering

1.8%

Management

1.1%

Project Management

1.1%

Music

0.9%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

0.9%

Mathematics

0.9%

Industrial Technology

0.9%

Law

0.9%

International Business

0.7%

Physics

0.7%

Drafting And Design

0.7%

Biomedical Engineering

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.4%

Masters

31.7%

Other

11.0%

Doctorate

4.8%

Associate

3.1%

Certificate

1.7%

Diploma

0.2%
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Real Electrical Engineer Lead Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead Electrical Engineer Worleyparsons Group, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 08, 2013 $283,319
Lead Electrical Engineer Worleyparsons Group, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 08, 2015 $275,475
Lead Electrical Engineer Polyera Corporation San Francisco, CA Nov 03, 2016 $145,000
Electrical Engineering Lead Bayer Materialscience LLC Baytown, TX Jan 27, 2016 $139,096
Lead Electrical Engineer Ausenco Psi LLC Concord, CA Sep 02, 2013 $128,128 -
$135,945
Lead Electrical Engineer Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. Milpitas, CA Apr 12, 2015 $125,965
Electrical Engineering Lead Roswell Biotechnologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Nov 21, 2016 $115,000
Lead Electrical Engineer Jabil Circuit, Inc. Saint Petersburg, FL Jan 17, 2011 $109,399
Electrical Engineer Lead KLA-Tencor Corporation Milpitas, CA May 06, 2013 $108,208
Lead Electrical Engineer General Electric Company-Global Research Center Niskayuna, NY Oct 01, 2011 $105,000
Electrical Program Engineering Lead Borgwarner Torqtransfer Systems, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Jun 20, 2016 $105,000
Lead Electrical Engineer Alstom Power, Inc. Windsor, CT Oct 09, 2016 $103,326
Lead Engineer Electrical Universal Environmental Services, LLC Peachtree City, GA Jan 01, 2012 $98,821 -
$118,821
Lead Electrical Engineer The ESAB Group, Inc. Baltimore, MD Nov 17, 2016 $96,699 -
$115,000
Lead Electrical Engineer UST Global Inc. Aliso Viejo, CA Oct 29, 2015 $95,243
Lead Electrical Engineer UST Global Inc. Aliso Viejo, CA Aug 04, 2016 $95,243
Lead Engineer-Electrical NPI Production Systems General Electric Company Houston, TX Apr 29, 2013 $95,000
Lead Electrical Engineer General Electric Company-Infrastructure Schenectady, NY Sep 14, 2010 $94,200
Lead Electrical Engineer Perceptronics Solutions Inc. CA Sep 20, 2011 $93,000
Electrical Engineering Lead Future Motion, Inc. Santa Cruz, CA Jan 09, 2016 $88,379 -
$110,000
Lead Electrical Engineer Greenpowermonitor Corporation San Jose, CA Oct 01, 2012 $88,000
Lead Electrical Engineer Greenpowermonitor Corporation San Jose, CA Sep 05, 2013 $88,000
Lead Engineer, Electric Motors General Motors Company Pontiac, MI Aug 25, 2015 $87,576
Lead Electrical Power Engineer FMC Technologies, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 01, 2013 $86,670 -
$120,967
Lead Electrical Engineer Black & Veatch Corporation Orlando, FL Aug 12, 2012 $85,738 -
$126,120
Lead Engineer, Electrical Design Alstom Grid LLC Philadelphia, PA Aug 30, 2016 $85,273
Lead Electrical Engineer Eaton Corporation Raleigh, NC Oct 01, 2016 $83,595 -
$101,400

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  1. Engineering Department
  2. High Voltage
  3. Electrical Drawings
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  • Lead electrical engineer in charge of Electrical Engineering Department with five engineers under my management.
  • Designed and constructed high voltage installations for transmission grid and substation facilities over a five county area.
  • Project managed electrical drawings from various outside engineering firms to ensure compliance with Intel's standards of project construction.
  • Developed engineering computer applications to aid engineers in designing, material requesting and job tracking of major utility projects.
  • Job followed nuclear facility guidelines requiring separated redundant electrical systems.

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