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Working As An Electrical Maintenance Engineer

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

  • $82,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Electrical Maintenance 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 Maintenance 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 Maintenance Engineer Career Paths

Electrical Maintenance Engineer
Electrical Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Electrical Engineer Principal Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Electrical Engineer Senior Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Electrical Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Lead Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Owner/Operator Construction Manager
Capital Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Engineering Program Manager
Senior Program And Engineering Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Owner/Manager Construction Manager
Commissioning Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Engineer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Engineer Project Controls Engineer
Controls Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Construction Manager Quality Control Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Site Manager Unit Manager
Section Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Process Engineer Plant Engineer
Plant Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Technical Support Engineer Test Engineer
Test Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Senior Field Engineer
Field Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Instrumentation Engineer Consulting Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Instrumentation Engineer Senior Engineer Project Lead Engineer
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Instrumentation Engineer Lead Engineer Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Electrical Manager 3.8 years
Top Careers Before Electrical Maintenance Engineer
Internship 3.3%
Engineer 2.9%
Top Careers After Electrical Maintenance Engineer
Engineer 4.1%
Consultant 3.1%
Planner 2.8%

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Average Yearly Salary
$82,000
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$60,000
Min 10%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$112,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Bayer
Highest Paying City
Worcester, MA
Highest Paying State
District of Columbia
Avg Experience Level
3.2 years
How much does an Electrical Maintenance Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Electrical Maintenance Engineer in the United States is $82,235 per year or $40 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $60,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $112,000.

Real Electrical Maintenance Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Maintenance Electrical Engineer Robinson Nevada Mining Company Ruth, NV Apr 23, 2015 $93,500
Maintenance Electrical Engineer Robinson Nevada Mining Company Ruth, NV Oct 12, 2015 $93,434 -
$100,000
Electrical Maintenance Engineer Arcelormittal USA Inc. East Chicago, IN Dec 13, 2010 $85,000
Electrical Maintenance Engineer Novelis Corporation Oswego, NY Oct 01, 2012 $82,000
Electrical Maintenance Engineer Deacero USA, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 01, 2014 $81,000
Maintenance Electrical Engineer AGC Automotive Alabama, Inc. Alabaster, AL Jan 27, 2016 $80,000
Maintenance Electrical Engineer AGC Automotive Alabama, Inc. Alabaster, AL Feb 17, 2016 $80,000
Maintenance Electrical Engineer AGC Automotive Alabama, Inc. Alabaster, AL Apr 11, 2016 $80,000
Electrical Maintenance Engineer I Titan America LLC Medley, FL Jun 01, 2015 $75,670 -
$113,100
Electrical Maintenance Engineer Central Amusement International LLC New York, NY Apr 22, 2016 $75,000
Electrical Engineer of Production Maintenance Team Smart Alabama LLC Luverne, AL Dec 07, 2016 $74,298
Electrical/Mechanical Maintenance Engineer Primetals Technologies USA LLC Worcester, MA Jul 24, 2015 $72,800
Electrical Maintenance Reliability Engineer FMC Corporation Green River, WY Oct 01, 2011 $72,000
Electrical Maintenance Reliability Engineer FMC Corporation Green River, WY Oct 24, 2011 $72,000
Electrical and Instrumentation Maintenance Engineer Monsanto Company Luling, LA Oct 09, 2016 $71,365
Electrical Maintenance Engineer Welspun Pipes, Inc. Little Rock, AR Sep 18, 2013 $70,015
Electrical Maintenance Engineer Deacero USA, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 15, 2013 $70,000
Electrical Maintenance Engineer Mobis Alabama, LLC Montgomery, AL Sep 01, 2010 $70,000
Engineer CRM Electrical Maintenance Thyssenkrupp Steel USA, LLC Calvert, AL Sep 01, 2013 $67,870 -
$94,300
Maintenance Engineer-Electrical Evergreen Packaging, Inc. Pine Bluff, AR Jan 09, 2016 $67,200
Maintenance Engineer-Electrical Evergreen Packaging Inc. Pine Bluff, AR Sep 01, 2013 $67,200 -
$100,800
Maintenance Engineer-Electrical Evergreen Packaging, Inc. Pine Bluff, AR Sep 01, 2010 $67,200 -
$100,800
Electrical Maintenance Engineer Powertech America, Inc. West Point, GA Oct 29, 2015 $63,773

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Top Skills for An Electrical Maintenance Engineer

  1. Electrical Systems
  2. Preventative Maintenance
  3. PLC
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Modify and create new technical drawings and electrical systems specifications in order to maintain proper documentation for troubleshooting.
  • Maintain awareness of new technology for application in site equipment design, preventative maintenance, and troubleshooting.
  • Programmed Honeywell temperature controllers and PLC's
  • Write technical procedures (start-up, shutdown, safe operation) for plant equipment and components.
  • Experience in three phase and single phase electric motors, DC motors.

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Top 10 Best States for Electrical Maintenance Engineers

  1. Washington
  2. New Mexico
  3. Massachusetts
  4. District of Columbia
  5. New Hampshire
  6. Texas
  7. California
  8. Arizona
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Electrical Maintenance Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

83.4%

Unknown

11.6%

Female

5.0%
Ethnicity

White

51.0%

Hispanic or Latino

14.4%

Asian

12.0%

Unknown

11.8%

Black or African American

10.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.3%

French

17.6%

German

11.8%

Arabic

11.8%

Igbo

5.9%

Amharic

5.9%

Tigrinya

5.9%

Carrier

5.9%
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Electrical Maintenance Engineer Education

Schools

University of New Orleans

8.5%

Purdue University

8.5%

Pennsylvania State University

7.0%

Cairn University

7.0%

Cleveland State University

7.0%

Michigan Technological University

5.6%

University of Houston

5.6%

University of Maryland - College Park

5.6%

Texas A&M University

4.2%

West Virginia University Institute of Technology

4.2%

University of South Alabama

4.2%

Lamar University

4.2%

University of Phoenix

4.2%

Texas A&M University - Kingsville

4.2%

The Academy

4.2%

Missouri University of Science and Technology

4.2%

University of Alabama

2.8%

University of Memphis

2.8%

North Carolina State University

2.8%

Central State University

2.8%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

59.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

12.2%

Business

5.6%

Engineering

3.6%

Computer Engineering

2.2%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.7%

Mechanical Engineering

1.7%

Management

1.4%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.4%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.4%

Biomedical Engineering

1.1%

Information Technology

1.1%

Industrial Engineering

1.1%

Project Management

0.8%

Finance

0.8%

Computer Applications

0.8%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

0.8%

Computer Networking

0.8%

Chemistry

0.8%

Computer Information Systems

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

52.4%

Masters

19.7%

Other

14.3%

Associate

6.6%

Diploma

2.7%

Certificate

2.4%

Doctorate

1.2%

License

0.7%
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