Electrical Engineer

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    Electrical engineers are responsible for a part of, or the complete life cycle of, a new or modified electrical product or system – from research and design to development and installation.

    As an electrical engineer, you’ll design, develop and maintain electrical control systems and components to required specifications.

     

    Employers of Electrical Engineers

    Employers range from multinational, multifaceted companies that cover a variety of industries to small to medium-sized specialist enterprises. They include:

    • power and renewable energy companies
    • manufacturing and industrial production organisations across a range of products
    • the construction and building services industry
    • transport organisations
    • specialist engineering and consultancy firms
    • telecommunications companies.

     

    Duties

    • using computer-aided design and engineering software to create project plans and circuit diagrams
    • designing and overseeing the installation of electrical systems in buildings
    • agreeing project specifications, budgets and timescales with clients and managers
    • undertaking relevant research
    • implementing designs
    • creating test procedures
    • testing, evaluating, modifying and re-testing products
    • writing reports and documentation
    • analysing and interpreting data
    • attending meetings and giving presentations.

     

    Qualifications

    Many people enter the profession with a diploma in electrical or electronic engineering. However, entry may also be possible with other engineering degrees, particularly mechanical engineering. Other relevant subjects include:

    • aeronautical engineering
    • building services engineering
    • communications engineering
    • computing and software engineering
    • electromechanical engineering
    • mechanical and production engineering
    • physics and applied physics
    • power and energy engineering.

     

    Skills

    • relevant technical knowledge and up-to-date sector knowledge
    • project management skills
    • the ability to multitask
    • commercial awareness
    • an analytical and problem-solving approach to work
    • oral and written communication skills to make technical information easy to understand for non-technical people
    • flexibility in order to adapt to evolving technologies
    • planning and organisational skills, such as time and resource allocation
    • the ability to work in a multidisciplinary team
    • leadership and management skills to help with career progression
    • a commitment to continuing professional development throughout your career.

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