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Become A Senior Electrical Designer

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Working As A Senior Electrical Designer

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

  • $93,600

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Electrical Designer Do

A Senior Electrical Designer is in charge of creating electrical schematics, layouts, and other grid plans for their organization, as well as providing the best solution for improvements. They supervise the material, construction, labor costs, and project timescales.

How To Become A Senior Electrical Designer

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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Real Senior Electrical Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Electrical Pdms Designer Duke Marine Technical Services USA Houston, TX Mar 21, 2016 $181,272 -
$200,000
SR. Electrical Pdms Designer Duke Marine Technical Services USA Houston, TX Sep 16, 2015 $181,272 -
$200,000
SR. Pdms Electrical Designer Duke Marine Technical Services USA Houston, TX Oct 15, 2015 $162,786
SR. Electrical Pdms Designer Duke Marine Technical Services USA Houston, TX Oct 15, 2012 $146,090
Senior Electrical Pdms Designer Duke Marine Technical Services USA Inc. Mont Belvieu, TX Jan 10, 2016 $139,360
Senior Electrical Pdms Designer Duke Marine Technical Services USA Inc. Mont Belvieu, TX Aug 09, 2016 $139,360
Senior Electrical Pdms Designer Duke Marine Technical Services USA Inc. Mont Belvieu, TX Jan 10, 2016 $126,097
Senior Electrical Designer SBM Atlantia, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2009 $106,900
Senior Electrical Designer SBM Atlantia, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 12, 2013 $105,934 -
$107,000
Senior Lead Electrical Designer SBM Atlantia, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 12, 2013 $105,934 -
$135,000
Senior Electrical Designer Global Edge Solutions, LLC TX Sep 18, 2014 $104,000
Senior Electrical Designer SBM Atlantia, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2012 $103,958 -
$119,000
Senior Electrical Designer II Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (Delaware) Plainfield, IL Sep 09, 2010 $97,490 -
$110,500
Senior Electrical Designer II Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (Delaware) Plainfield, IL Jan 04, 2010 $93,600
Senior Engineer, Electrical Design Formfactor, Inc. Livermore, CA Sep 03, 2015 $90,780
Senior Electrical Designer I CB&I Inc. Houston, TX Jul 18, 2012 $87,391 -
$102,716
Senior Electrical Designer Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals, Inc. Houston, TX Dec 23, 2014 $84,700 -
$129,276
SR. Electrical Designer II Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (Delaware) Houston, TX Mar 29, 2010 $83,347 -
$113,815
SR. Electrical Designer II Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (Delaware) Houston, TX Jun 21, 2010 $80,058 -
$113,815

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Top Skills for A Senior Electrical Designer

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Top Senior Electrical Designer Skills

  1. Autocad Electrical
  2. Tray
  3. Conduit
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created automated reports with Autocad Electrical 2005 as required.
  • Developed cable tray system and VFD panel board for in house boiler room.
  • Designed and drafted electrical conduit/wiring layouts and related drawings for various industrial facilities.
  • Utilized AutoCAD software to create Single Line, AC Diagrams, Panel Layouts and Wiring Diagrams for substation panel design.
  • Provide electrical design and supervision for LNG facility.

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