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Working As An Engineering Trainee

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

  • $53,589

    Average Salary

What Does An Engineering Trainee 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 Trainee

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 Trainee jobs

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Engineering Trainee Career Paths

Engineering Trainee
Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Operations Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Operations Manager Director Of Sales
Director Of Sales, Americas
13 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Engineer Program Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Process Engineer Production Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Engineering Manager Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Program Manager General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Engineer Engineering Manager
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Engineering Aide 3.1 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 33.4%
Trainee 9.4%
Engineer 2.5%
Volunteer 1.6%
Top Employers After
Engineer 6.5%
Internship 4.3%
Consultant 3.2%

Engineering Trainee Demographics

Gender

Male

73.9%

Female

22.9%

Unknown

3.2%
Ethnicity

White

43.9%

Asian

40.0%

Unknown

7.0%

Hispanic or Latino

7.0%

Black or African American

2.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

21.2%

Hindi

15.2%

Arabic

12.0%

French

9.2%

German

8.7%

Chinese

4.9%

Urdu

3.8%

Portuguese

3.3%

Mandarin

2.7%

Carrier

2.7%

Japanese

2.7%

Malayalam

2.2%

Cantonese

2.2%

Vietnamese

1.6%

Marathi

1.6%

Bengali

1.6%

Tamil

1.6%

Telugu

1.1%

Gujarati

1.1%

Igbo

0.5%
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Engineering Trainee Education

Schools

University of Texas at Arlington

9.4%

Texas A&M University

7.3%

Lamar University

6.7%

Arizona State University

5.5%

Michigan Technological University

5.4%

State University of New York Buffalo

5.2%

University of Florida

5.2%

Wayne State University

4.9%

San Jose State University

4.8%

Purdue University

4.6%

More Tech Institute

4.6%

Auburn University

4.3%

University of Texas at Dallas

4.3%

Oklahoma State University

4.3%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.2%

Clemson University

4.2%

Syracuse University

3.9%

University of Houston

3.9%

Pennsylvania State University

3.6%

Northeastern University

3.6%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

21.8%

Electrical Engineering

17.3%

Civil Engineering

8.5%

Computer Science

7.8%

Industrial Engineering

6.4%

Computer Engineering

5.4%

Chemical Engineering

5.3%

Business

4.7%

Engineering

4.4%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.5%

Petroleum Engineering

2.1%

Information Technology

1.9%

Information Systems

1.4%

Management

1.4%

Computer Information Systems

1.4%

Finance

1.3%

Computer Applications

1.3%

Project Management

1.3%

Computer Networking

1.2%
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Degrees

Masters

51.8%

Bachelors

31.1%

Other

8.1%

Doctorate

3.7%

Associate

1.9%

Certificate

1.7%

Diploma

1.7%

License

0.1%
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Real Engineering Trainee Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
International Trainee Engineer Bayer Cropscience LP Parkton, NC Feb 15, 2016 $91,500
International Trainee Engineer Bayer Cropscience LP Parkton, NC Aug 18, 2015 $91,500
Product Development Engineering Leadership Program Trainee Ford Motor Company Dearborn, MI Apr 25, 2016 $85,812 -
$129,540
Engineer-Trainee I Ensco International Incorporated Houston, TX Aug 26, 2014 $85,000
Trainee Engineer Indepth Engineering Solutions, LLC Auburn Hills, MI Dec 08, 2016 $66,784
Trainee Engineer Etouch Systems Corporation San Francisco, CA Oct 27, 2009 $60,000 -
$80,000
Trainee Engineer Etouch Systems Corporation Mountain View, CA Oct 28, 2009 $60,000 -
$75,000
Transportation Engineering Trainee George L. Crawford and Associates, Inc. Saint Louis, MO Sep 20, 2013 $58,240
Trainee Engineer Indepth Engineering Solutions, LLC Troy, MI Dec 08, 2016 $57,914
Trainee Engineer Indepth Engineering Solutions, LLC Troy, MI Aug 17, 2016 $57,914
Trainee Engineer Testengeer, Inc. Point Comfort, TX Sep 11, 2015 $56,871
Trainee Engineer Testengeer, Inc. Point Comfort, TX Sep 12, 2015 $56,871
Trainee Engineer Allpro Consulting Group, Inc. Dallas, TX Sep 28, 2011 $55,432
Trainee Engineer Cyient, Inc. Cranberry, PA Nov 09, 2016 $54,870
Trainee Engineer Testengeer, Inc. Livingston, NJ Feb 09, 2016 $54,179
Trainee Engineer Testengeer, Inc. Point Comfort, TX Sep 11, 2015 $54,179
Trainee Engineer Testengeer, Inc. Livingston, NJ Sep 17, 2015 $54,179
Trainee Engineer Nathelyne A. Kennedy & Associates Houston, TX Sep 02, 2010 $52,500
Trainee Engineer Testengeer, Inc. Point Comfort, TX Sep 11, 2015 $51,591
Engineering Marketing Trainee Vinmar International, Ltd. Houston, TX Sep 20, 2012 $50,000
Architectural Engineering Trainee Solidarity Contracting LLC Houston, TX Oct 01, 2010 $47,570
Engineering Trainee Hopkins County Coal, LLC Madisonville, KY May 05, 2014 $44,453 -
$48,105
Engineering Trainee Hopkins County Coal, LLC Madisonville, KY May 19, 2014 $44,453 -
$48,105

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Top Skills for An Engineering Trainee

SafetyPl/SqlProceduresDataAnalysisWebAutoCADWindowsTraineeEngineerHardwareHtmlC++ControlSystemUnixCNCManagementSystemC#.NETSigmaMatlabPLCPurchase

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Top Engineering Trainee Skills

  1. Safety
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conduct testing of vehicles to ensure the safety of drivers and passengers prior to sell the product in the market.
  • Developed PL/SQL stored procedures, triggers.
  • Optimized manufacturing processes and procedures in various areas of operations in the plant.
  • Experience with complex data analysis functions, proficient in MS Word, Excel, Power point.
  • Involved in different web applications for multinational clients in ASP.NET.

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