Senior electrical engineers design, develop, implement, and test new electrical equipment and machinery, such as electric cars and electrical appliances. They may also be involved in customizing existing equipment or machinery. They can be found in a range of industries and businesses, such as manufacturing, power generation, and building maintenance. Senior electrical engineers may prepare detailed drawings and system specifications. They coordinate design with other systems, such as controls, HVAC, and lighting. In addition to supervising junior engineers, senior electrical engineers attend and contribute to project meetings.
Employers usually require that senior electrical engineers have a bachelor’s degree or higher in engineering or another related field. They must have strong design fundamentals. They must be able to use software specific to their job. They must be proficient in Microsoft Office. They must have good interpersonal skills. In addition, senior electrical engineers must have excellent leadership skills, which enable them to build strong teams.
They must be detail-oriented. They must be able to work independently, as well as in a team. Senior electric engineers may have to communicate directly with vendors or clients. In order to keep their skills up to date, they need to attend relevant training classes, workshops, or conferences. They are encouraged to read relevant professional journals. They may have to mentor new or more junior electrical engineers. They may have to travel to vendors' or clients' locations.
Senior Electrical Engineer Tasks
- Designs, maintains, implements, and improves electrical instruments and equipment.
- Inspects completed projects to ensure conformance with design and safety standards.
- Supervises and trains project staff as needed.
- Applies principles of electrical theory to engineering projects.