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Working As A Senior Electrical Engineer

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

  • $101,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Electrical Engineer 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 A Senior Electrical Engineer

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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Senior Electrical Engineer Career Paths

Senior Electrical Engineer
Project Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager
Product Line Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior Software Engineer Staff Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Lead Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Principal Superintendent
Project And Field Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Engineering Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Engineering Manager Manager, Systems Engineering
Director Of Systems Engineering
12 Yearsyrs
Project Engineering Manager Information Technology Project Manager Engineering Program Manager
Senior Program And Engineering Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Project Engineering Manager
Plant Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Lead Engineer Engineering Supervisor
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Engineering Manager Construction Manager
Commissioning Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Engineer Construction Manager Design Manager
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Engineer Engineering Supervisor Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Test Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineering Supervisor Senior Project Engineer Senior Applications Engineer
Applications Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Lead Engineer
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Technician Senior Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Staff Engineer Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Senior Piping Designer Senior Field Engineer
Field Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Senior Electrical Engineer
Engineer 4.9%
Consultant 2.1%
Top Careers After Senior Electrical Engineer
Consultant 4.4%
Engineer 3.0%

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Average Yearly Salary
$101,000
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$77,000
Min 10%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$133,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Microsoft
Highest Paying City
San Carlos, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
5.2 years
How much does a Senior Electrical Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Electrical Engineer in the United States is $102,022 per year or $49 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $77,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $133,000.

Real Senior Electrical Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Electrical Engineer Vibrant America, LLC San Carlos, CA Sep 19, 2016 $200,665
Senior Electrical Engineer Vibrant America, LLC San Carlos, CA Sep 21, 2016 $200,665
Senior Electrical Engineer NES Global, LLC New Orleans, LA Feb 09, 2015 $180,000
Senior Electrical Engineer Vibrant America, LLC San Carlos, CA Sep 19, 2016 $175,579
Senior Electrical Engineer Vibrant America, LLC San Carlos, CA Sep 21, 2016 $175,579
Senior Electrical Engineer Vibrant Sciences, LLC San Carlos, CA Oct 01, 2015 $175,000
Senior Electrical Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 10, 2016 $169,747
Senior Electrical Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Apr 15, 2016 $157,780
Senior Electrical Engineer QPS Engineering, LLC Ashville, OH Oct 10, 2016 $156,525 -
$346,964
Senior Electrical Engineer QPS Engineering, LLC Tulsa, OK Oct 10, 2016 $156,525 -
$346,964
Senior Battery Electrical Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Dec 20, 2016 $155,000
Senior Electrical Engineer Vibrant Sciences, LLC San Carlos, CA Jan 26, 2016 $155,000
Senior Electrical Engineer-Devices Group or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 22, 2015 $154,140 -
$174,140
Senior Electrical Engineer-Devices Group or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 20, 2016 $154,140 -
$174,140
Senior Sustaining Electrical Engineer Zebra Technologies Corporation Agoura Hills, CA Dec 15, 2015 $119,000 -
$129,000
Senior Electrical Engineer Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc. Houston, TX Dec 08, 2016 $118,681
Senior Electrical Engineer-Power Electronics Analogic Corporation Peabody, MA May 01, 2015 $118,560
Senior Electrical Engineer Perceptron, Inc. Plymouth, MI Jun 01, 2015 $118,000
Senior Electrical Engineer SITY Communications, Inc. Richardson, TX Jul 10, 2016 $117,187
Electrical Senior Engineer Skyworks Solutions, Inc. Santa Clara, CA May 08, 2016 $117,000
Senior Electrical Engineer Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc. Brea, CA Jan 04, 2016 $116,576
SR. Electrical Engineer Exxim Computing Corporation Pleasanton, CA Mar 19, 2015 $116,550
Senior Electrical Engineer Ulthera, Inc. Mesa, AZ Nov 21, 2016 $100,000
Senior Electrical Engineer Motiv Power Systems Inc. Foster City, CA Aug 24, 2016 $100,000
Senior Electrical Engineer Be Power Tech, Inc. Deerfield Beach, FL Jun 27, 2016 $100,000
SR. Electrical Engineer Medtronic, Inc. Fridley, MN Aug 16, 2015 $100,000
Senior Electrical Engineer Syska Hennessy Group, Inc. Atlanta, GA Dec 21, 2015 $99,840
SR Electrical Engineer Zebra Technologies Corporation Holtsville, NY May 12, 2016 $99,494
Senior Electrical Engineer Fuelcell Energy Inc. Danbury, CT Jul 13, 2016 $99,091 -
$110,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Electrical Engineer

  1. Electrical Systems
  2. Control Systems
  3. Analog
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Designed electrical systems for projects which included various large stand-by generator designs for mission critical facilities.
  • Designed and oversaw the complete engineering and design of power distribution and control systems for electrical building systems and infrastructure.
  • Directed the design/modification of Digital and Analog computer circuits, handling any design problems that appeared and required systems research.
  • Reviewed revamped and modified test procedures for production testing of associated modules and systems FAA requirements.
  • Review and check electrical design documents including design drawings and technical specifications of power plant modifications and upgrading design changes.

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  1. Washington
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  3. Texas
  4. Alaska
  5. New Hampshire
  6. District of Columbia
  7. Delaware
  8. Virginia
  9. Rhode Island
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Senior Electrical Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

83.8%

Unknown

9.8%

Female

6.4%
Ethnicity

White

53.5%

Asian

16.2%

Hispanic or Latino

13.8%

Black or African American

9.7%

Unknown

6.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

24.5%

French

9.4%

Mandarin

6.6%

Russian

6.6%

Chinese

6.6%

German

6.6%

Arabic

6.6%

Carrier

5.7%

Korean

4.7%

Italian

4.7%

Hindi

2.8%

Japanese

2.8%

Polish

2.8%

Vietnamese

1.9%

Tamil

1.9%

Dakota

1.9%

Lithuanian

0.9%

Cherokee

0.9%

Gujarati

0.9%

Bulgarian

0.9%
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Senior Electrical Engineer Education

Schools

Northeastern University

9.2%

Pennsylvania State University

8.8%

Purdue University

8.0%

Arizona State University

6.5%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

6.0%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

5.1%

University of Florida

4.9%

University of Houston

4.8%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.6%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.1%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

4.1%

Texas A&M University

4.1%

University of Central Florida

4.1%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.1%

University of Phoenix

3.9%

Drexel University

3.9%

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

3.6%

George Washington University

3.6%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.4%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

3.4%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

66.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

6.6%

Business

5.7%

Computer Engineering

4.3%

Engineering

3.2%

Computer Science

1.6%

Project Management

1.6%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.5%

Management

1.4%

Engineering Technology

0.9%

Mechanical Engineering

0.9%

Systems Engineering

0.7%

Physics

0.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

0.7%

Industrial Technology

0.7%

Biomedical Engineering

0.6%

Mathematics

0.5%

Marketing

0.5%

Education

0.5%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

0.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.5%

Masters

30.1%

Other

9.9%

Doctorate

4.0%

Associate

2.6%

Certificate

2.0%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.1%
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