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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

  • $65,350

    Average Salary

What Does An Engineering Associate 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 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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Engineering Associate jobs

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Engineering Associate Career Paths

Engineering Associate
Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Operations Manager Director Of Sales
Director Of Sales, Americas
13 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Engineering Manager Program Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager General Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Business Analyst Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Software Engineer Business Analyst
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Operations Manager General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Engineer Engineering Manager
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Principal Engineer 4.7 years
Staff Engineer 4.3 years
Project Engineer 3.4 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Engineering Aide 3.1 years
Junior Engineer 2.1 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 14.8%
Engineer 5.3%
Technician 4.9%
Top Employers After
Engineer 13.0%
Consultant 3.9%
Manager 2.6%

Engineering Associate Demographics

Gender

Male

76.6%

Female

19.8%

Unknown

3.6%
Ethnicity

White

70.0%

Asian

16.1%

Hispanic or Latino

10.3%

Unknown

2.7%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.4%

French

13.0%

Mandarin

8.5%

Chinese

7.2%

German

4.9%

Japanese

4.0%

Cantonese

4.0%

Arabic

3.6%

Carrier

3.1%

Vietnamese

2.7%

Russian

2.2%

Hindi

1.8%

Polish

1.8%

Korean

1.3%

Ukrainian

1.3%

Italian

1.3%

Turkish

0.9%

Greek

0.9%

Serbian

0.9%

Portuguese

0.9%
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Engineering Associate Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.5%

Purdue University

7.1%

University of Central Florida

6.9%

Pennsylvania State University

5.8%

Arizona State University

5.4%

Drexel University

5.4%

University of Texas at Austin

5.0%

San Jose State University

5.0%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.8%

Texas A&M University

4.6%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.4%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.4%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

4.4%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.2%

Northeastern University

4.2%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.1%

Clemson University

4.1%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

3.9%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.9%

San Diego State University

3.7%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

18.6%

Mechanical Engineering

17.5%

Business

10.4%

Civil Engineering

9.3%

Computer Science

6.7%

Chemical Engineering

4.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.7%

Computer Engineering

3.2%

Engineering

3.1%

Industrial Engineering

2.7%

Information Technology

2.3%

Drafting And Design

2.2%

Project Management

2.1%

Management

2.0%

Computer Information Systems

1.9%

Aerospace Engineering

1.8%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.7%

Finance

1.6%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.6%

Industrial Technology

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.0%

Masters

26.2%

Other

12.5%

Associate

9.4%

Doctorate

3.2%

Certificate

2.8%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.1%
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Real Engineering Associate Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Engineer, Associate Consultant Qlogic Corporation Irvine, CA Sep 03, 2015 $170,000
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
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
Associate Engineering Services Architect Ca, Inc. Santa Clara, CA May 11, 2015 $120,000
Associate APC Engineer Prosys, Inc. Baton Rouge, LA Jun 01, 2015 $120,000 -
$140,000
Engineering Associate Exxonmobil Upstream Research Company Spring, TX Aug 30, 2016 $119,933 -
$155,500
Associate Engineer II Stress Engineering Services Inc. Houston, TX Jan 21, 2016 $118,082
Associate HSE Engineer III Fluor Enterprises, Inc. Sugar Land, TX Jun 18, 2015 $85,153
Associate Engineer CTC Trading Group, LLC Chicago, IL Aug 13, 2015 $85,000
Associate Engineer Bungie, Inc. Bellevue, WA Aug 24, 2016 $85,000 -
$95,000
Associate Lithographic Engineer Magic Leap, Inc. Pflugerville, TX Oct 08, 2016 $85,000
Associate Engineer CTC Trading Group, LLC Chicago, IL Aug 07, 2015 $85,000
Associate, Core Engineering, GTO Db Global Technology Cary, NC Mar 18, 2016 $85,000
Associate, Engineer JP Morgan Chase & Co Wilmington, DE Oct 31, 2016 $84,635
Associate Engineer Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc. Irvine, CA Aug 31, 2016 $70,138
Powertrain Engine OBD Calibration Engineer-Associate Kyyba Inc. Chelsea, MI Aug 15, 2016 $70,000
Transportation Engineering Associate PTV America, Inc. Portland, OR Sep 03, 2015 $70,000
Science & Engineering Associate 1 Stanford University/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Menlo Park, CA Dec 15, 2016 $70,000 -
$118,674
Associate Engineer Phillips 66 Company Bartlesville, OK Sep 02, 2015 $69,992 -
$126,240
Associate Engineer Unisys Corporation Malvern, PA Aug 14, 2016 $69,700
Associate Engineer Luxima Technology LLC Pasadena, CA Jan 09, 2016 $69,500

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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.

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