What does an Electrical Engineer do?

Electrical engineers are responsible for the design, development, and testing of electrical devices and equipment. This includes communication systems or power generators and motors and navigation systems as well as electrical systems within automotive and aircraft industries. Electrical engineers oversee the manufacture of these devices, systems, and equipment.

Electrical engineers design, maintain, implement or improve upon electrical instruments, facilities, components, equipment products, or systems. They perform various engineering tasks by operating computer assisted design or engineering software and equipment. They meet with customers, engineers, and other relevant parties and discuss the existing or potential engineering products and projects and ensure that installation and operations conform to standards and customer requirements. They also estimate the material, labor, and construction costs, and assist in budget preparation. They supervise and train project team members and work with various technicians. Electrical engineers need a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from an accredited school and license as a professional engineer. They also need knowledge of the applicable codes related to electrical engineering and proficiency in design and calculation software.

EducationBachelor's Degree
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$3,500 /month
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Median: $4K
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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of an electrical engineer

When working as an electrical engineer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are AutoCAD, CAD Software, Revit, Cost Estimates and FPGA.

The most similar professions to electrical engineer are:
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Electrical Designer
  • Hardware Engineer
  • Controls Engineer

The most common qualifications to become an electrical engineer is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.