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Become An Engineering Associate

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Working As An Engineering Associate

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

  • $66,726

    Average Salary

What Does An Engineering Associate Do

An Engineering Associate performs routine engineering work through providing support to the engineering team. They usually work under the supervision of a senior engineer.

How To Become An Engineering Associate

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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71,606 Engineering Associate jobs

Mission Support and Test Services, LLC
Livermore, CA
Associate in Engineering - Summer

$80,665 Estimated

Mission Support and Test Services, LLC
Santa Barbara, CA
Associate in Engineering - SUMMER

$75,000 Estimated

Randstad
Conyers, GA
Engineering Associate

$66,633 Estimated

Mission Support and Test Services, LLC
Livermore, CA
Associate in Engineering - Summer

$80,665 Estimated

Tetra Tech
New Orleans, LA
Engineering Assistant Intern - New Orleans

$58,633 Estimated

Destaco
Hodgkins, IL
Electronics Engineering Associate

$66,404 Estimated

Tetra Tech
Orlando, FL
Engineering Assistant Intern - Orlando

$82,390 Estimated

The Clorox Company
Kennesaw, GA
Engineering Associate

$66,633 Estimated

City of Kyle Texas
Kyle, TX
Engineering Associate

$70,741 Estimated

Goldman Sachs
Aurora, IN
Engineering - PEP - Derivative Process Engineering - Associate - Bengaluru

$57,496 Estimated

Imagion Biosystems Ltd.
Albuquerque, NM
Product Engineering Associate

$62,596 Estimated

Atricure
Minneapolis, MN
Engineering Intern (6-9 months)

$55,472 Estimated

Goldman Sachs
Aurora, IN
Engineering - Platform - Unix Engineering - Associate - Bengaluru

$57,496 Estimated

University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA
ENGINEERING ASSOCIATE

$56,095 Estimated

BW Pantex LLC
Amarillo, TX
Core Engineering Associate

$65,002 Estimated

Goldman Sachs
Aurora, IN
Engineering - Finance & Risk Engineering - Associate - Bengaluru

$57,496 Estimated

Flowserve Corporation
Kalamazoo, MI
Engineering Associate - University Leader

$68,871 Estimated

Exponent
Warrenville, IL
Associate - Vehicle Engineering

$66,404 Estimated

Randstad
Roseville, CA
Engineering Associate

$66,484 Estimated

Stanford University
Menlo Park, CA
Engineering Intern [Level II]

$55,472 Estimated

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Real Engineering Associate Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Associate Engineer OCI Beaumont LLC Nederland, TX Jun 09, 2016 $160,000
Engineering Associate Exxonmobil Upstream Research Company Spring, TX May 15, 2015 $151,600 -
$257,800
Manager, Software Engineering (Technical Associate Director) Directv LLC El Segundo, CA Oct 25, 2016 $141,801
Engineer, Associate Jpmorgan Chase &Amp; Co. New York, NY Sep 14, 2015 $140,000
Associate Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 08, 2016 $136,400
Engineering Associate Exxonmobil Upstream Research Company Spring, TX Jan 10, 2016 $133,973 -
$166,000
Engineering Associate Exxonmobil Upstream Research Company Spring, TX May 15, 2015 $129,022 -
$216,700
Engineering Associate Exxonmobil Upstream Research Company Spring, TX Nov 16, 2015 $126,381 -
$131,500
Associate, Engineer Jpmorgan Chase &Amp; Co. Jersey City, NJ Nov 01, 2016 $125,000
Associate, Engineer Jpmorgan Chase &Amp; Co. Jersey City, NJ May 12, 2016 $125,000
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Top Skills for An Engineering Associate

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Top Engineering Associate Skills

  1. Test Procedures
  2. CAD
  3. Hardware
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Generated documentation and test procedures for project as required.
  • Developed grading plans, calculating cut/fill volumes and generate surfaces with Auto CADD Civil 3D.
  • Provided configuration including necessary hardware, software, and peripherals to meet client specifications.
  • Evaluated the integrity of pipeline consistently meeting safety and regulatory policies.
  • Prepared reports on data collection and analysis to make suggestions for improvement.

Top Engineering Associate Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire an Engineering Associate

  1. Accenture
  2. Lockheed Martin
  3. Amgen
  4. Honda Manufacturing of Alabama
  5. NJVC
  6. Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc.
  7. Mitsubishi-Hitachi Power Systems
  8. ITT Technical Institute
  9. Atrion Networking Corporation
  10. Virtusa
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