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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:
Electronics engineers typically do the following:
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.
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 Latino10.0%
Black or African American1.1%
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Rochester Institute of Technology6.8%
Pennsylvania State University6.2%
Georgia Institute of Technology -5.6%
University of Houston5.4%
Arizona State University5.1%
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute4.8%
University of Florida4.6%
New Jersey Institute of Technology4.6%
Texas A&M University4.4%
University of Central Florida4.4%
University of North Carolina at Charlotte4.4%
Michigan Technological University4.2%
University of Illinois at Chicago4.0%
Old Dominion University4.0%
Illinois Institute of Technology3.7%
University of Phoenix3.6%
University of Massachusetts - Lowell3.5%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Mobile TV Systems Electrical Engineer||Gerling & Associates, LLC||Sunbury, OH||Jan 09, 2017||$150,000|
|Electrical Engineer||Gerling & Associates, LLC||Sunbury, OH||Sep 20, 2015||$150,000|
|Electrical Engineer||QPS Engineering, LLC||Ashville, OH||Oct 10, 2016||$114,785 -
|Electrical Engineers||Millennium Inorganic Chemicals, Inc.||Ashtabula, OH||May 16, 2012||$101,313|
|Electrical Engineer 4||Commonwealth Associates, Inc.||Gahanna, OH||Sep 16, 2018||$100,650|
|Electrical Engineer 4||Commonwealth Associates, Inc.||Gahanna, OH||Sep 14, 2018||$100,650|
|Electrical Engineer||Gosiger Holdings, Inc.||Dayton, OH||Aug 19, 2014||$99,362 -
|Electrical Engineer||Gosiger Holdings, Inc.||Dayton, OH||Nov 17, 2014||$99,362 -
|Electrical Engineer||Philips Medical Systems (Cleveland), Inc.||Highland Heights, OH||Oct 02, 2011||$98,600|
|Electrical Engineers||Sprint Corporation||Broadview Heights, OH||May 22, 2017||$98,000|
|Lead Electrical Engineer-RF||USA Instruments, Inc.||Aurora, OH||Aug 13, 2018||$95,000 -
|Lead Electrical Engineer, RF||USA Instruments, Inc.||Aurora, OH||Aug 23, 2017||$95,000 -
|Electrical Engineer||Matrix Technologies, Inc.||Maumee, OH||Aug 21, 2014||$94,000|
|Electrical Engineer||Cresttek LLC||Raymond, OH||Jun 17, 2016||$93,000|
|Electrical Engineer||Webb-Stiles Company||Valleyview, OH||Aug 26, 2015||$92,206|
|Electrical Engineers||Sprint Corporation||Mason, OH||Sep 19, 2017||$92,000|
|Lead Electrical Engineer||Powell Electrical Systems, Inc.||North Canton, OH||Dec 14, 2015||$91,349|
|Electrical Engineer||Chemtrade Refinery Solutions Limited Partnership||Oregon, OH||Sep 30, 2013||$90,000 -
|Electrical Engineers||Portage Electric Products, Inc.||North Canton, OH||Mar 28, 2008||$90,000|
|Electrical Engineers||American Electric Power||New Albany, OH||Jun 23, 2017||$89,606 -
|Electrical Engineer||Nucor Steel Marion, Inc.||Marion, OH||Aug 09, 2016||$89,058|
|Electrical Engineer||Nucor Corporation (Nucor Steel Marion, Inc.)||Marion, OH||Aug 09, 2016||$89,058|
|Lead Electrical Engineer-RF||USA Instruments, Inc.||Aurora, OH||Nov 01, 2017||$88,500 -
|Electrical Engineers||International Field Service Group||Cleveland, OH||May 09, 2011||$88,447|
|Electrical Engineers||Parker Hannifin Corporation||Cleveland, OH||Apr 11, 2014||$88,374|
|Electrical Engineer||Viewray Inc.||Oakwood, OH||Jan 11, 2012||$88,058|
|Electrical Engineer||Viewray, Inc.||Oakwood, OH||Feb 10, 2013||$88,058|
|Electrical Engineer||Viewray Incorporated||Oakwood, OH||Apr 09, 2012||$88,058|
|Electrical Engineer||Viewray Incorporated||Oakwood, OH||Jun 15, 2012||$88,058|
|Electrical Engineers||Intertek Testing Services Na, Inc.||Twinsburg, OH||Jan 03, 2014||$87,500|
|Electrical Engineer||Braintree Technology Solutions LLC||Olde West Chester, OH||Jan 18, 2016||$87,500|
|Electrical Engineer||Adecco Group Na/Entegee, Inc.||Raymond, OH||Mar 22, 2018||$86,673 -
|Electrical Engineer||LHP Software, LLC||Raymond, OH||Sep 04, 2015||$86,000|
|Electrical Engineers||American Electric Power||Gahanna, OH||Jul 26, 2011||$86,000 -
|Electrical Engineer 3||Commonwealth Associates, Inc.||Gahanna, OH||Oct 02, 2016||$86,000|
|Electrical Engineer (Engineer I)||American Electric Power||Gahanna, OH||Nov 18, 2014||$85,000 -
|Electrical Engineer II||USA Instruments, Inc.||Aurora, OH||Sep 30, 2012||$85,000 -
|Engineer Electrical II||Intelligrated Headquarters, LLC||Mason, OH||Sep 24, 2017||$84,747|
|Electrical Engineer||Hubbell Power Systems, Inc.||Wadsworth, OH||May 25, 2010||$84,700|
|Electrical Engineer||Advanced Engineering Consultants||Columbus, OH||Jun 02, 2017||$84,677|
|Electrical Engineer II||Cresttek LLC||Dublin, OH||Jun 07, 2018||$84,406|
|Electrical Engineer||Steris Corporation||Mentor, OH||Jul 06, 2016||$84,200|
|Electrical Engineers||General Electric||Cleveland, OH||Mar 04, 2008||$84,032|
|Electrical Engineers||General Electric||Cleveland, OH||Feb 19, 2008||$84,032|
|Electrical Engineer||FMI Technologies, Inc.||Dayton, OH||Aug 08, 2012||$83,866|
|Electrical Engineers||Rolls-Royce Energy Systems Inc.||Mount Vernon, OH||May 20, 2014||$83,549|
|Electrical Infotainment Engineer||Populus Group LLC||Raymond, OH||Oct 08, 2016||$83,480|
|Electrical Engineers||Cincinnati Bell Telephone Company||Cincinnati, OH||May 20, 2010||$83,111|
|Electrical Engineer||FMI Medical, Inc.||Dayton, OH||Jul 01, 2014||$83,000|
|Electrical Engineers||Jedson Engineering Inc.||Cincinnati, OH||Aug 20, 2014||$82,430|
|Electrical Engineers||American Electric Power||Gahanna, OH||Mar 05, 2014||$82,000 -
|Electrical Engineers||American Electric Power||Gahanna, OH||Jan 19, 2010||$82,000 -
|Electrical Engineers||Feinknopf MacIoce Schappa Architects||Columbus, OH||Dec 14, 2009||$81,500 -
|Electrical Engineers||Feinknopf MacIoce Schappa Architects||Columbus, OH||Jan 24, 2009||$81,500 -
|Electrical Engineers||American Electric Power||Gahanna, OH||Apr 06, 2010||$81,266 -
|Electrical Engineers||Mettler-Toledo, Inc.||Columbus, OH||May 28, 2010||$81,266 -
|Electrical Engineer||L&T Technology Services Limited||Cleveland, OH||Sep 25, 2017||$81,000 -
|Electrical Engineer||Gosiger Inc.||Dayton, OH||Sep 30, 2011||$80,766 -
|Electrical Engineers||Turocy & Watson, LLP||Cleveland, OH||Mar 19, 2013||$80,766|
|Electrical Engineer||Predictronics Corp.||Blue Ash, OH||Sep 21, 2018||$80,621 -
|Procurement Electrical Engineer||Dynalab, Inc.||Reynoldsburg, OH||Apr 11, 2018||$80,000|
|Procurement Electrical Engineer||Dynalab, Inc.||Reynoldsburg, OH||Jun 15, 2015||$80,000|
|Electrical Engineers||Steris Corporation||Cleveland, OH||Oct 07, 2009||$80,000|
|Electrical Engineers||C. A. Litzler Co., Inc.||Cleveland, OH||Apr 08, 2010||$80,000|
|Electrical Engineer [R&D]||ADB Airfield Solutions, LLC||Columbus, OH||May 09, 2016||$79,000|
|Electrical Engineers||Aida-America Corporation||Dayton, OH||Oct 22, 2007||$78,832 -
|Electrical Engineer||L and T Technology Services Limited||Cleveland, OH||Feb 15, 2016||$78,000 -
|Electrical Engineer||L&T Technology Services Limited||Dayton, OH||Sep 03, 2018||$77,958 -
|Electrical Engineer||L&T Technology Services Limited||Dayton, OH||May 04, 2018||$77,958 -
|Engineer 3-Electrical Engineer||ITW Food Equipment Group LLC||Troy, OH||Aug 14, 2018||$77,958 -
|Electrical Engineer||L&T Technology Services Limited||Dayton, OH||Aug 10, 2017||$77,958 -
|Electrical Engineer||Trimble Inc.||Dayton, OH||Sep 10, 2017||$77,958|
|Electrical Engineer||L&T Technology Services Limited||Dayton, OH||May 30, 2018||$77,958 -
|Electrical Engineer||Butech, Inc.||Salem, OH||Sep 09, 2016||$77,558|
|Electrical Engineers||American Electric Power||Gahanna, OH||Sep 17, 2008||$77,500 -
|Electrical Engineers||American Electric Power||Gahanna, OH||May 13, 2010||$77,500 -
|Electrical Engineers||Honeywell International, Inc.||Columbus, OH||Feb 08, 2008||$77,480|
|Electrical Engineers||Kc USA Inc.||Columbus, OH||Aug 25, 2008||$77,480|
|Electrical Engineers||American Electric Power||Groveport, OH||Jan 04, 2008||$77,480|
|Electrical Engineer||American Electric Power||Columbus, OH||Feb 20, 2009||$77,480|
|Electrical Engineers||American Electric Power||New Albany, OH||Apr 16, 2009||$77,480|
|Electrical Engineer||Populus Group LLC||Oakwood, OH||Aug 31, 2018||$77,031|
|Electrical Engineers||Controlsoft Inc.||Highland Heights, OH||Oct 08, 2009||$77,000|
|Electrical Engineers||Controlsoft Inc.||Highland Heights, OH||Dec 12, 2008||$77,000|
|Electrical Engineer||Nucor Corporation (Nucor Steel Marion, Inc.)||Marion, OH||Sep 08, 2013||$76,648|
|Electrical Engineer||Warren Fabricating Corporation||Hubbard, OH||Jun 01, 2015||$76,500|
|Electrical Engineers||American Electric Power||Gahanna, OH||Nov 15, 2007||$76,200 -
|Electrical Engineers||Powell Electrical Systems, Inc.||North Canton, OH||Sep 10, 2013||$76,081|
|Electrical Engineer||Powell Electrical Systems, Inc.||North Canton, OH||Sep 29, 2012||$76,081|
|Electrical Engineers||Rolls-Royce Energy Systems Inc.||OH||Dec 19, 2013||$75,650|
|Electrical Engineers||Rolls-Royce Energy Systems Inc.||OH||May 03, 2011||$75,480|
|Electrical Engineer||Warren Fabricating Corporation||Hubbard, OH||Jun 01, 2015||$75,132 -
|Electrical Engineer||Advanced Engineering Consultants, Ltd.||Columbus, OH||Mar 16, 2012||$75,000 -
|Electrical Engineer||Luk USA LLC||Wooster, OH||Aug 29, 2016||$75,000 -
|Electrical Engineers||Philips Medical Systems (Cleveland), Inc.||Highland Heights, OH||Jan 22, 2008||$75,000|
|Electrical Engineer||USA Instruments, Inc.||Aurora, OH||Sep 22, 2009||$75,000|
|Electrical Engineer||Cresttek LLC||Raymond, OH||May 26, 2016||$75,000|
|Electrical Engineer 3||Commonwealth Associates, Inc.||Gahanna, OH||Sep 14, 2015||$75,000 -
|Electrical Engineer||Webb-Stiles Company||Valleyview, OH||Dec 01, 2013||$75,000|
|Electrical Engineers||American Electric Power||Gahanna, OH||May 14, 2014||$75,000 -
|Engineer, Electrical||Panasonic Corporation of North America||Dublin, OH||Jan 29, 2018||$74,755 -
|Electrical Engineer||YSI Incorporated||Yellow Springs, OH||Aug 16, 2013||$74,400|
|Electrical Engineers||American Electric Power||New Albany, OH||Aug 08, 2014||$74,000 -
|Electrical Engineers||Rolls-Royce Energy Systems Inc.||Mount Vernon, OH||Jul 02, 2010||$74,000|
|Electrical Engineer III||Brown and Caldwell||Dublin, OH||Jan 10, 2016||$73,921|
|Electrical Engineer||Austin Building and Design Inc.||Cleveland, OH||May 09, 2015||$73,902|
|Electrical Engineer||Cresttek, LLC||Raymond, OH||Aug 25, 2014||$73,000|
|Electrical Engineers||Schneider Electric USA, Inc.||Westerville, OH||May 30, 2017||$72,197|
|Electrical Engineers||EASI, LLC||Gahanna, OH||Aug 30, 2017||$72,197|
|Electrical Engineer||Webb-Stiles Company||Valleyview, OH||Dec 01, 2010||$72,000|
|Electrical Engineer||L&T Technology Services Limited||Mayfield Heights, OH||Sep 17, 2018||$72,000 -
|Electrical Engineer||Cresttek LLC||Raymond, OH||May 09, 2016||$72,000|
|Electrical Engineer||Cresttek LLC||Dublin, OH||Jan 09, 2016||$72,000|
|Electrical Engineers||Electrocraft Ohio, Inc.||Gallipolis, OH||Apr 21, 2008||$71,760|
|Electrical Engineers||Owens-Illinois, Inc.||Perrysburg, OH||Feb 27, 2008||$71,656|
|Electrical Engineer||Braintree Technology Solutions LLC||Cincinnati, OH||Oct 01, 2013||$71,282|
|Electrical Engineers||Cincinnati Test Systems||Harrison, OH||Sep 23, 2014||$71,282|
|Electrical Engineers||Schneider Electric USA, Inc.||Oxford, OH||Jul 11, 2014||$71,282 -
|Electrical Engineers||Cincinnati Test Systems||Harrison, OH||Apr 25, 2014||$71,282|
|Electrical Engineer||American Electric Power||Columbus, OH||Nov 01, 2009||$71,000 -
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