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Working As A Transmission 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

  • $83,500

    Average Salary

What Does A Transmission 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 Transmission 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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Transmission Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

83.4%

Female

11.5%

Unknown

5.1%
Ethnicity

White

64.0%

Asian

13.8%

Hispanic or Latino

11.9%

Unknown

7.9%

Black or African American

2.4%
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Languages Spoken

Carrier

20.0%

Arabic

16.7%

Spanish

13.3%

German

10.0%

Igbo

6.7%

Italian

6.7%

Hausa

6.7%

Portuguese

3.3%

Yoruba

3.3%

French

3.3%

Gujarati

3.3%

Hindi

3.3%

Polish

3.3%
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Transmission Engineer Education

Schools

Michigan State University

8.6%

Northeastern University

6.9%

Saint Louis University-

6.9%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

6.9%

Syracuse University

5.2%

Michigan Technological University

5.2%

University of Wisconsin - Platteville

5.2%

Iowa State University

5.2%

Johns Hopkins University

5.2%

Art Institute of Houston

5.2%

University of Missouri - Kansas City

5.2%

University of Phoenix

5.2%

University of Maryland - College Park

5.2%

Western Illinois University

3.4%

University of Alabama

3.4%

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

3.4%

Missouri University of Science and Technology

3.4%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

3.4%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.4%

University of West Florida

3.4%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

35.5%

Civil Engineering

7.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

7.3%

Business

6.6%

Engineering

5.0%

Computer Networking

5.0%

Mechanical Engineering

4.6%

Computer Engineering

4.6%

Communication

3.5%

Computer Science

3.1%

Management

2.7%

Systems Engineering

1.9%

Computer Information Systems

1.9%

Project Management

1.9%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.9%

Physics

1.5%

Photography

1.5%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

1.2%

Entertainment Business

1.2%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.3%

Masters

30.1%

Other

17.3%

Associate

4.8%

Certificate

1.9%

Doctorate

1.9%

Diploma

1.6%
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Real Transmission Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Regional Transmission Engineer Lead California Independent System Operator Corporation Folsom, CA Oct 02, 2014 $147,826 -
$152,000
Principal Transmission Engineer Worleyparsons Group, Inc. Reading, PA Dec 19, 2016 $145,018
Senior Transmission Line Engineer Stantec Consulting Services Inc. Lake Mary, FL Jun 11, 2015 $137,000 -
$142,000
Associate Transmission Engineer Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 15, 2013 $134,449
Regional Transmission Engineer Manager California Independent System Operator Folsom, CA Apr 29, 2016 $129,272 -
$176,000
Associate Transmission Engineer Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 14, 2016 $126,804
Senior Regional Transmission Engineer California Independent System Operator Corporation Folsom, CA Oct 01, 2011 $120,661 -
$133,000
PL Transmission Engineer Shell Global Solutions (Us) Inc. Houston, TX Sep 08, 2015 $120,000
Senior Transmission Engineer Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc. Brea, CA Feb 24, 2015 $118,934
Senior Transmission Line Engineer Stantec Consulting Services Inc. Lake Mary, FL Aug 01, 2014 $115,003
Senior Regional Transmission Engineer California Independent System Operator Corporation Folsom, CA Jul 22, 2016 $113,000
Senior Transmission Line Engineer HDR Engineering, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Nov 12, 2014 $112,715
Advanced Controls Transmission Engineer General Motors Company Milford, MI Oct 01, 2015 $110,064
Senior Regional Transmission Engineer California Independent System Operator Corporation Folsom, CA Oct 01, 2012 $97,500 -
$135,000
Regional Transmission Engineer California Independent System Operator Corporation Folsom, CA Jan 18, 2012 $97,157 -
$120,000
Regional Transmission Engineer California Independent System Operator Corporation Folsom, CA Sep 06, 2011 $97,157 -
$120,000
Transmission Engineer Dynegy Inc. Houston, TX Oct 29, 2012 $97,000
Regional Transmission Engineer California Independent System Operator Corporation Folsom, CA Oct 17, 2011 $95,000 -
$120,000
Senior Transmission Line Engineer Isolux Ingenieria USA, LLC Austin, TX Oct 01, 2012 $95,000
Regional Transmission Engineer California Independent System Operator Corporation Folsom, CA Sep 05, 2016 $94,000
Project Engineer-Transmission Line Engineering Geodigital International Corp. Lompoc, CA Nov 01, 2010 $82,000
Project Engineer-Transimission Line Engineer Geodigital International Corp. Lompoc, CA Nov 01, 2010 $82,000
Senior Transmission Engineer Genon Energy Services, LLC Houston, TX Oct 01, 2011 $81,481
Transmission Engineer Aces Power Marketing, LLC Carmel, IN Sep 14, 2010 $80,000
Project Transmission and Substation Engineer Aecom USA Inc. Oakland, CA Mar 01, 2010 $80,000
Overhead Transmission Engineer (Civil Engineer) Kiewit Engineering & Design Co. Lenexa, KS Jun 05, 2015 $80,000
Staff Transmission Engineer Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc. Wallingford, CT Sep 01, 2015 $80,000
Senior Transmission Line Engineer TRC Environmental Corporation Salt Lake City, UT Jan 12, 2015 $78,229 -
$85,000

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Top Skills for A Transmission Engineer

FiberOpticLinkBudget500KvTransmissionLineSDHAcceptancePathEricssonTransmissionEquipmentHuaweiE1PDHBTSDwdmFaultTechnicalSupportVideoTransmissionNetworkFrequencyRFAlcatel

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Top Transmission Engineer Skills

  1. Fiber Optic
  2. Link Budget
  3. 500Kv Transmission Line
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Surveyed sites and installed 38 GHz microwave dishes for wireless fiber optic networks.
  • Do Path analysis and Link Budget using Pathloss IV Site Survey Documentation for Transmission and Radio Network reports.
  • Provide technical support to client in the NE related to a 500kV transmission line routing and permitting.
  • Generated a comprehensive map of all transmission systems including PDH and SDH equipment and kept it up to date.
  • Performed acceptance testing and inspection of all completed systems.

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