Electrical engineers design, create and evaluate electrical and electronic systems. The job involves many different kinds of technology, from the wiring systems of buildings to telecommunications equipment. Electrical engineers can specialize in a specific field, like telecommunications, or they can be a generalist.
You can find work as an electrical engineer in many different settings. Research facilities, power stations, manufacturing plants and many other workplaces require electrical engineering work. These professionals may work in comfortable, climate-controlled settings, in hot, confined spaces or out in the elements. The working situations of electrical powered engineers can even be dangerous, particularly if they deal with live electrical systems.
Some mid-level electrical engineering work may be at desk creating designs, setting budgets and preparing schedules. However, these professionals often spend a great deal of time on their feet, overseeing other electricians and other engineers. They may also devote time to meeting with clients, conducting research and evaluating equipment. While some travel may be required, it isn’t typical for electrical engineers to spend many nights away from home.
Because electrical engineering is a hands-on job that often requires collaboration, they generally cannot work from home in the way some other professions allow.
A mid-level electrical engineer normally works 40-hour weeks during standard business hours. It’s uncommon for mid-level electrical engineers to work on holidays, weekends and overnight. However, extra hours may be necessary to meet deadlines or if complications come up that mandate immediate resolution.
Many employers offer flexible working arrangements for mid-level electrical engineers, with consultants and contractors enjoying the most flexibility.
Mid-level electrical engineers should be very comfortable reading and developing technical drawings and specifications. That includes having the ability to create three-dimensional models using design software.
An electrical engineer should also be able to create physical prototypes and perform tests to check the veracity of proposed electrical systems. They should be able to accurately record data on these tests and analyze that data to gain useful insights. If needed, they should be able to redesign and retest the systems they create.
A big part of the job for a mid-level electrical engineer involves communication. They must be able to write reports and communicate findings to other people, who may or may not have electrical systems expertise. A mid-level electrical engineer may also be required to give presentations on various projects to executives and clients.
Almost all mid-level electrical engineers hold a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering or a Bachelor of Engineering majoring in electric engineering. Bachelor programs in electrical engineering can be very competitive. Students must have high grades in mathematics, physics and chemistry to even apply for the program, much less get in.
After earning their degree, those aspiring to be electrical engineers must pass the Fundamentals of Engineering exam be able to work in their field. Many employers mandate advanced degrees to apply for a mid-level electrical engineering job or advance further up the company.
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