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Working As An Engineering Aide

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

  • $93,010

    Average Salary

What Does An Engineering Aide 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 Engineering Aide

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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Engineering Aide jobs

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Engineering Aide Career Paths

Engineering Aide
Project Manager Program Manager General Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Operations Manager General Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Engineering Manager Operations Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Project Engineer
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Driver Field Supervisor
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Application Engineer Regional Sales Manager
Director Of Sales, Americas
13 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Field Engineer Estimator
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineer Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Program Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Field Service Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Operations Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Technician Account Manager Product Manager
Product Line Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Systems Engineer Business Analyst
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Manager General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Engineer Engineering Manager
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Engineering Aide Demographics

Gender

Male

66.1%

Female

31.7%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

78.1%

Hispanic or Latino

11.2%

Asian

8.1%

Unknown

2.0%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.4%

French

9.2%

Russian

4.6%

Korean

4.6%

German

3.1%

Portuguese

3.1%

Japanese

3.1%

Mandarin

3.1%

Vietnamese

1.5%

Czech

1.5%

Carrier

1.5%

Slovak

1.5%

Hindi

1.5%

Armenian

1.5%

Urdu

1.5%

Arabic

1.5%

Bengali

1.5%
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Engineering Aide Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.0%

Rochester Institute of Technology

7.4%

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

6.0%

Old Dominion University

5.6%

University of Alabama at Huntsville

5.6%

University of Alabama

5.1%

Pennsylvania State University

5.1%

New Mexico State University

5.1%

Michigan State University

4.7%

Northeastern University

4.7%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

4.2%

Auburn University

4.2%

San Diego State University

4.2%

Drexel University

4.2%

Arizona State University

3.7%

University of Texas at Austin

3.7%

Athens State University

3.7%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

3.3%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

3.3%

University of Kentucky

3.3%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

15.8%

Business

14.4%

Civil Engineering

13.5%

Mechanical Engineering

12.5%

Drafting And Design

5.6%

Computer Science

4.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.5%

Engineering

3.9%

Chemical Engineering

2.6%

Management

2.4%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.2%

Accounting

2.2%

Project Management

2.1%

Computer Information Systems

2.1%

Geography

2.1%

Engineering Technology

2.0%

Industrial Engineering

2.0%

General Studies

1.8%

Civil Engineering Technologies

1.8%

Computer Engineering

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.9%

Other

21.1%

Masters

13.2%

Associate

12.5%

Certificate

4.2%

Doctorate

0.9%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.4%
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Real Engineering Aide Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Engineer Senior CAD Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Oct 01, 2015 $158,030 -
$177,862
Engineer, Senior Staff-CAD Broadcom Corporation San Diego, CA Oct 29, 2012 $134,526
Engineer Senior CAD Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA May 01, 2015 $127,642 -
$155,019
Engineer Senior CAD Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA May 29, 2013 $125,164 -
$170,000
Engineer Senior CAD Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA May 12, 2011 $119,059
Engineer, SR. Staff-CAD Broadcom Corporation Irvine, CA Dec 13, 2015 $110,429
Engineer CAD Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jun 08, 2012 $104,720
Engineer, Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) B/E Aerospace, Inc. Winston-Salem, NC Nov 01, 2013 $103,830
Engineer Senior CAD Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Aug 15, 2011 $103,000
Engineer SR CAD Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA May 09, 2014 $99,461 -
$126,505
Engineer Cad/Cam Satyam Computer Services Ltd Stafford, TX Jul 15, 2013 $95,056
Engineer, Staff II-CAD Broadcom Corporation Irvine, CA Dec 13, 2012 $94,120
Engineer, Staff I-CAD Broadcom Corporation Irvine, CA Sep 19, 2013 $88,000
Engineer, CAD Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 02, 2015 $87,607
Engineer, Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) Be Aerospace, Inc. Winston-Salem, NC May 11, 2015 $86,258 -
$107,724
Engineer, Staff I-CAD Broadcom Corporation Irvine, CA Dec 21, 2016 $82,000
Engineer, CAD Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 17, 2014 $82,000 -
$85,000
Engineer CAD Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA May 01, 2015 $81,415 -
$127,641
Engineer Cad/Cam Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Fayetteville, GA May 24, 2015 $80,600
Engineer, Analog CAD CSR Technology Inc. Tempe, AZ Nov 19, 2015 $78,616 -
$92,518
Engineer Cad/Cam Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Carson, CA May 06, 2014 $76,066
Engineer-Cad/Cam Satyam Computer Services Limited Jersey City, NJ Nov 12, 2010 $70,366 -
$81,000
Engineer, CAD Design Engineering Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Malta, NY Jun 12, 2015 $69,019 -
$79,000
Engineer, CAD Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 03, 2013 $68,000 -
$88,000
Engineer-Cad/Cam Satyam Computer Services Limited Cupertino, CA Oct 26, 2010 $67,787 -
$77,000
Engineer-Cad/Cam Satyam Computer Services Ltd. Little Rock, AR Feb 13, 2012 $67,573
Engineer, Analog CAD CSR Technology Inc. Tempe, AZ Aug 01, 2014 $67,000 -
$91,000
Engineer CAD/Cam Satyam Computer Services Limited Warren, NJ May 14, 2010 $66,477 -
$76,477

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Top Skills for An Engineering Aide

AccessDatabaseSafetyAutoCADLabFacilityConstructionProjectsGISDataEntryTestEquipmentGPSAs-BuiltRFSurveyCrewProjectManagementDataCollectionClearancePhoneCallsCustomerServiceEngineeringDrawingsTestProcedures

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Top Engineering Aide Skills

  1. Access Database
  2. Safety
  3. Auto CAD
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conceptualized and created MS Access database to store location of manholes from construction drawings for ease of location by field technicians.
  • Handle customer inquiries regarding submitting products for evaluation for safety compliance.
  • Operated Auto Cad and survey software for the production of construction drawings.
  • Interfaced daily with internal partners in accounting, field services, laboratory and business development, as well as external customers.
  • Performed Assistant Facility Security Officer duties.

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