An electrical power engineer focuses on the efficient delivery and usage of electrical energy as a power source. Many electrical power engineers work directly for utility providers, but companies with manufacturing plants and other facilities that use substantial power may employ these engineers to help reduce energy costs and assess ongoing power needs. These engineers may also work as subcontractors and consultants in the private and public sectors.
At utility providers, these engineers analyze power grids, switching and routing to ensure the most efficient distribution of power throughout a grid by assessing power needs by times of day, months and seasons. The engineer provides power requirement assessments and estimates to assist their company in making capital decisions on expanding infrastructure or outsourcing power supply needs. Within the private sector, an electrical power engineer can help improve systems' efficiency in large multi-building facilities, warehouses and manufacturing plants. This work can include regular inspections of power delivery wiring and related systems, as well as the energy draw of heavy machinery and machine tools in use. The electrical power engineer can also help the company assess its future power needs and associated costs when exploring expansion possibilities.
An electrical power engineer typically has at least a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, although a master's degree may be required or preferred as well. Relevant work experience is generally needed as well. Typically, an electrical power engineer works during regular business hours in industrial and power plant environments, although hours may vary by position and the employer's needs.
Electric Power Engineer Tasks
Develop methods of integrating renewable power technology.
Ensure safe operation of power grids, pumps, generators, motors, boilers, turbines, and heat exchangers etc.
Conceive, direct, implement, and evaluate efficiency of power systems.
Work with manufacturing engineering on release and documentation of new hardware, test equipment, and assembly fixtures.