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Working As A Senior Electronic Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $110,661

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Electronic 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 Electronic 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 Electronic Engineer Career Paths

Senior Electronic Engineer
Project Manager Construction Manager Design Manager
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Staff Engineer Principal Engineer Engineering Director
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Technical Services Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Adjunct Professor Principal Engineer
Director, Hardware Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Electrical Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Chief Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Hardware Engineer Senior Electrical Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Electrical Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Staff Engineer Lead Engineer Engineering Supervisor
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Member, Technical Staff Systems Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Engineering Director Consulting Engineer
Senior Electrical Engineer
12 Yearsyrs
Member, Technical Staff Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Project Engineer
Senior Manufacturing Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Consulting Engineer Senior Engineer
Senior Mechanical Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Hardware Engineer Senior Systems Engineer
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Technical Services Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Principal Engineer 4.7 years
Principle Engineer 4.5 years
Staff Engineer 4.3 years
Lead Engineer 3.4 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 4.6%
Consultant 3.8%
Top Employers After
Consultant 7.2%
Engineer 3.3%

Senior Electronic Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

89.5%

Unknown

7.1%

Female

3.4%
Ethnicity

White

69.8%

Asian

18.3%

Hispanic or Latino

7.3%

Unknown

3.9%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Mandarin

20.0%

Russian

20.0%

Chinese

15.0%

Polish

10.0%

Carrier

10.0%

Spanish

10.0%

Braille

5.0%

Hindi

5.0%

Urdu

5.0%
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Senior Electronic Engineer Education

Schools

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

12.1%

University of Colorado at Boulder

8.8%

Northeastern University

7.7%

More Tech Institute

6.6%

San Jose State University

5.5%

University of California - San Diego

5.5%

Johns Hopkins University

5.5%

Purdue University

5.5%

Missouri University of Science and Technology

4.4%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.4%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.4%

University of Florida

3.3%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.3%

University of California - Santa Barbara

3.3%

Brigham Young University

3.3%

Pennsylvania State University

3.3%

Iowa State University

3.3%

University of Phoenix

3.3%

University of Southern California

3.3%

San Diego State University

3.3%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

58.0%

Business

7.0%

Computer Engineering

6.4%

Computer Science

5.1%

Engineering

4.1%

Physics

3.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.9%

Digital Media

1.9%

Project Management

1.6%

Computer Networking

1.3%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.3%

Systems Engineering

1.0%

Communication

1.0%

Computer Engineering Technology

1.0%

Management

0.6%

Medical Technician

0.6%

Alternative And Complementary Medical Support Services

0.6%

Mathematics

0.6%

Biology

0.6%

Mechatronics And Robotics

0.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.9%

Masters

36.7%

Other

13.1%

Associate

4.7%

Doctorate

4.4%

Certificate

1.9%

Diploma

0.3%
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Real Senior Electronic Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Power Electronics Engineer Finsix Corporation Menlo Park, CA Sep 09, 2016 $140,000
Senior Electronics Engineer Intrinsyx Technologies Fieldbrook, CA Nov 17, 2014 $125,970
Senior Electronics Engineer Intrinsyx Technologies Corporation Fieldbrook, CA Nov 17, 2014 $125,970
Senior Electronics Engineer Intrinsyx Technologies Corporation Los Altos, CA Sep 01, 2015 $125,970
Senior Power Electronics Engineer Solarcity Corporation San Mateo, CA Nov 04, 2014 $125,000
Senior Power Electronics Engineer Solarcity San Mateo, CA Mar 18, 2016 $125,000
Senior Electronics Engineer Optokey, Inc. Hayward, CA Aug 17, 2016 $120,000
Senior Electronics Engineer Focus Product Design, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Sep 16, 2015 $120,000
Senior Electronics Engineer Embedded Product Design LLC Richardson, TX Jan 12, 2015 $120,000
Senior Engineer, Power Electronics Lear Corporation Southfield, MI Sep 08, 2016 $120,000
Senior LED Power Supply Electronics Engineer Osram Sylvania Inc. Danvers, MA Oct 25, 2013 $116,371
SR. Electronics Engineer Ryan Directional Services Houston, TX Feb 10, 2014 $115,000
SR. Electronics Engineer Nabors Corporate Services, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 18, 2016 $115,000
Senior Power Electronics Engineer Ingersoll Rand Company Annandale, NJ Jan 11, 2016 $99,591
Senior Electronics Engineer Circuitco Electronics, LLC Richardson, TX Jul 10, 2015 $99,000
Senior Engineer-Power Electronics Power-One Renewable Energy Solutions, LLC Phoenix, AZ Nov 20, 2014 $98,779 -
$105,000
Senior Electronic Engineer Mobis Alabama, LLC West Point, GA Aug 29, 2014 $97,000
Senior Electronics Engineer Karl Storz Endovision, Inc. Charlton, MA Sep 27, 2016 $96,000 -
$105,000
SR. Electronic Development Engineer FTE Automotive USA Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Sep 28, 2016 $95,000
Senior Electronic Development Engineer FTE Automotive USA, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Dec 15, 2015 $95,000
Senior Power Electronics Engineer Osram Sylvania Inc. Danvers, MA Aug 01, 2014 $95,000
Senior Electronics Engineer North American Lighting, Inc. Farmington Hills, MI Feb 18, 2013 $86,000 -
$91,000
Senior Electronics Engineer Acuity Brands Lighting, Inc. Conyers, GA Sep 08, 2015 $85,500 -
$105,500
Senior Electronic Software Engineer Valeo North America, Inc. Seymour, IN Sep 08, 2015 $85,378
Senior Electronics and Software Engineer Servotech Engineering Inc. Plymouth, MI Sep 02, 2014 $85,000
Senior Electronics and Software Engineer Servotech Engineering Inc., A Westport Company Plymouth, MI Aug 29, 2014 $85,000
Senior Electonics Engineer Swift Navigation, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 01, 2014 $85,000
Senior Electronics and Software Engineer Servotech Engineering Inc. Plymouth, MI Jul 07, 2015 $85,000
Senior Electronics and Software Engineer Servotech Engineering Plymouth, MI Dec 09, 2014 $80,163

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Top Skills for A Senior Electronic Engineer

HardwareElectricalDesignAnalogCircuitsPCBFirmwareFpgaRFSafetyTestEquipmentControlSystemsDataAcquisitionCADDSPAltiumDesignerULProductLinesUSBXilinxEMIEMC

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Top Senior Electronic Engineer Skills

  1. Hardware
  2. Electrical Design
  3. Analog Circuits
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Designed digital hardware and embedded software involving assembly language programming.
  • Lead electrical design of 24kV power supply project as well as RF transceiver and motor control project.
  • Performed schematic capture and PCB layout of new designs.
  • Designed, wrote firmware, and prototyped a remote operator console and keyboard.
  • Debugged and verified the complete FPGA design.

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