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Working As An Electrical Project Engineer

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

  • $108,890

    Average Salary

What Does An Electrical Project 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 Project 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 Project Engineer Career Paths

Electrical Project Engineer
Maintenance Manager Facilities Manager Construction Manager
Capital Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Electrical Project Manager Construction Manager Maintenance Technician
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Senior Project Manager Business Developer
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Program Manager General Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Controls Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Electrical Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Project Engineering Manager
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Production Manager Engineering Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Controls Engineer Operations Manager Division Manager
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Controls Engineer Engineering Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager General Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Business Analyst Product Manager
Product Line Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Controls Engineer Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Operations Manager General Manager
Regional Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Electrical Engineer Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Electrical Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Electrical Manager 3.7 years
Project Engineer 3.4 years
Controls Engineer 3.4 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 2.8%
Internship 2.4%
Top Employers After
Consultant 2.6%

Electrical Project Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

88.6%

Female

8.4%

Unknown

3.0%
Ethnicity

White

72.3%

Asian

11.8%

Hispanic or Latino

9.9%

Unknown

5.0%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

French

13.9%

Chinese

8.3%

Arabic

8.3%

German

5.6%

Carrier

5.6%

Portuguese

2.8%

Vietnamese

2.8%

Persian

2.8%

Malay

2.8%

Greek

2.8%

Urdu

2.8%

Polish

2.8%

Korean

2.8%

Russian

2.8%
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Electrical Project Engineer Education

Schools

Drexel University

8.7%

Purdue University

8.7%

State University of New York Buffalo

6.1%

Pennsylvania State University

6.1%

University of Houston

6.1%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

6.1%

Michigan Technological University

5.2%

Lawrence Technological University

5.2%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

5.2%

Villanova University

4.3%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

4.3%

University of Toledo

4.3%

Oklahoma State University

4.3%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.3%

Georgia Southern University

3.5%

Northeastern University

3.5%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.5%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

3.5%

Western Michigan University

3.5%

Ohio State University

3.5%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

60.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

10.0%

Business

6.3%

Project Management

2.5%

Engineering

2.5%

Computer Engineering

2.3%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.3%

Computer Science

1.7%

Management

1.5%

Engineering Technology

1.1%

Mechanical Engineering

1.1%

Education

1.1%

Accounting

1.0%

Industrial Technology

1.0%

Electrical/Electronics Maintenance And Repair Technology

1.0%

Construction Management

1.0%

Drafting And Design

0.8%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

0.8%

Computer Engineering Technology

0.8%

Mechatronics And Robotics

0.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

58.4%

Masters

21.1%

Other

13.3%

Associate

4.2%

Certificate

2.0%

Doctorate

0.7%

Diploma

0.2%
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Real Electrical Project Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Project Engineer-Electrical Skanska USA Civil Northeast Inc. NY Feb 12, 2016 $136,427
Electrical Engineer-Transit Vehicle Projects Schaltbau North America Hauppauge, NY Feb 25, 2016 $126,228
Project Engineer Electrical Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc. Houston, TX Sep 04, 2015 $119,059
Project Engineer, Electrical Advanced Engineering Investigations Corporation Littleton, CO Sep 09, 2015 $117,000
Electrical Project Engineer Henningson, Durham & Richardson P.C. Albany, NY Apr 27, 2016 $116,917
Project Engineer-Electrical & Instrumentation Stantec Consulting Services Inc. Bakersfield, CA Jul 20, 2015 $114,920
Electrical Project Engineer Enertis Solar Inc. Jersey City, NJ Apr 05, 2016 $113,755
SR. Electrical Project Engineer Gentex Corporation Zeeland, MI Feb 29, 2016 $113,665
Electrical Project Engineer Gannett Fleming, Inc. Baltimore, MD May 08, 2015 $113,090
Project Engineer-Instrumentation, Electrical and Control Stantec Energy and Resources, Inc. Bakersfield, CA Mar 18, 2016 $106,829
Project Engineer-Electrical & Instrumentation Stantec Consulting Services Inc. Bakersfield, CA Feb 20, 2015 $106,479
Project Engineer-Instrumentation, Electrical & Control Stantec Consulting Services Inc. Bakersfield, CA Feb 12, 2015 $106,226
Senior Electrical Project Engineer Energy Electrical Integrators Corp. Miami, FL May 05, 2016 $106,184
Project Electrical Engineer-Analog Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. Coopersburg, PA Jan 09, 2016 $84,000
Project Electrical Engineer-Embedded Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. Coopersburg, PA Oct 01, 2015 $82,000
Project Electrical Engineer-Embedded Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. Coopersburg, PA May 08, 2016 $80,500
Electrical Project Engineer Trindera Engineering, Inc. Spokane, WA Dec 29, 2015 $80,000
Project Engineer/Electrical Engineer Plastipak Packaging, Inc. Plymouth, MI Aug 23, 2016 $79,498
Electrical Project Engineer Trindera Engineering, Inc. Coeur dAlene, ID Dec 01, 2016 $78,500
Senior Electrical Project Engineer Schneider Electric USA, Inc. Leesport, PA Oct 02, 2015 $77,064 -
$95,000
Project Electrical Engineer-Analog Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. Coopersburg, PA Jun 01, 2016 $70,554 -
$81,000
Project Electrical Engineer-Analog Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. Coopersburg, PA Oct 02, 2016 $70,554 -
$81,000
Project Electrical Engineer-Analog Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. Coopersburg, PA Nov 04, 2016 $70,554 -
$81,000
Project Electrical Engineer-Embedded Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. Coopersburg, PA Jan 16, 2015 $69,618 -
$83,000
Project Electrical Engineer-Embedded Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. Coopersburg, PA Sep 23, 2015 $69,618 -
$83,000
Project Electrical Engineer-Embedded Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. Coopersburg, PA Sep 16, 2015 $69,618 -
$83,000
Electrical Project Engineer Testek, Inc. Wixom, MI Sep 21, 2015 $68,000
Project Electrical Engineer Crown Technical Systems Fontana, CA Jan 09, 2016 $68,000

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Top Skills for An Electrical Project Engineer

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Top Electrical Project Engineer Skills

  1. Programmable Logic Controllers
  2. Contractors
  3. Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Designed electrical control systems for sawmills including panel and console layouts with programmable logic controllers.
  • Coordinated construction activities with architects, mechanical and general contractors.
  • Redesign and conversion to LED lighting, increase safety, reduce energy cost, maintenance cost and increase employee visibility.
  • Med Voltage engineering, Site building and electrical design, Automation Programming, Drawing development.
  • Evaluated design specifications, designed AutoCAD electrical control schematics, purchased and tracked components.

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