CAREER

Electrical Engineers

Overview

Salary Median (2020)

$100,830

Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+4.6% (slower than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Bachelor's degree

Career

What Electrical Engineers Do

Research, design, develop, test, or supervise the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment, components, or systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use.

Other Job Titles Electrical Engineers May Have

Circuits Engineer, Design Engineer, Electrical Controls Engineer, Electrical Design Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Electrical Project Engineer, Instrumentation and Electrical Reliability Engineer (I&E Reliability Engineer), Power Systems Engineer, Project Engineer, Test Engineer

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Designer, Engineer & Educator

My work explores integrations of electronics, computing, art, craft, and design. I've done foundational work in paper and fabric-based electronics, including inventing the LilyPad Arduino, a construction kit for sew-able electronics. All of my work centers around the goal of making technology more accessible and fun.

PhD Candidate ,

University of California, Irvine

I can either go to the office or to the lab, depending on the project stage. If the project is on its initial stage I go to the office, do some planning, simulations, results analysis...If it is on the final stage I go to the lab and do some antenna fabrication or measurements. Then I analyze the results and compare them with the simulated ones. I check the discrepancies, find the sources of error and iterate the process until the desired performance is achieved.


Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Operate computer-assisted engineering or design software or equipment to perform engineering tasks.
  • Prepare technical drawings, specifications of electrical systems, or topographical maps to ensure that installation and operations conform to standards and customer requirements.
  • Confer with engineers, customers, or others to discuss existing or potential engineering projects or products.
  • Design, implement, maintain, or improve electrical instruments, equipment, facilities, components, products, or systems for commercial, industrial, or domestic purposes.
  • Direct or coordinate manufacturing, construction, installation, maintenance, support, documentation, or testing activities to ensure compliance with specifications, codes, or customer requirements.

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