Electrical engineers are responsible for designing, maintaining, implementing, and improving electrical instruments and equipment. They must be able to apply principles of electrical theory to engineering projects, and must additionally inspect completed projects to ensure conformance with design standards. Sometimes computer aided design (CAD) skills will be required. Like with other engineering positions, strong problem solving skills are necessary in order to successfully complete assigned projects. Projects include initial concept development, layout and selection of equipment, development of contract drawings, specification writing, bid package preparation, field investigations, and support during construction. Computer programming skills are generally a bonus in these positions. At times, they may be required to supervise and train project staff.
Most entry level electrical engineering positions require a Bachelors degree from an accredited college, with upper level positions requiring a few years work experience and/or more advanced degrees. Some positions go so far as to require a Professional Engineer's License (P.E.) Work hours may either be fixed or flexible, with some positions requiring potential overtime hours on the weekend. Electrical engineering is mostly mental work, but occasionally some physical effort is required in system maintenance. Occasionally the candidate may be required to travel to different locations and job sites, both domestically and internationally. In addition to their technical skills, prime electrical engineering candidates are able to multitask while working in a dynamic, high-pressure and team-oriented environment. Strong verbal and written communication skills are needed in order to effectively collaborate with the rest of the project team and its superiors.
Electrical Engineer Tasks
- Inspect completed projects to ensure conformance with design standards.
- Apply principles of electrical theory to engineering projects.
- Design, maintain, implement, and improve electrical instruments and equipment.
- Supervise and train project staff as needed.