An electrical engineer is generally involved with designing and developing electrical systems and components.
Electrical engineers may specialize in areas like power systems, equipment manufacturing, or designing. Their day to day responsibilities can vary. Overall, electrical engineers handle lighting systems, wiring systems, electric motors, navigation systems, and utilities. Some Electrical engineers focus on the field of electronics and they might design communications systems or help in development of new gadgets.
As an electrical engineer, you will be involved in the designing, building and maintenance of electrical control systems and other equipment. You can find work in a wide range of sectors, including transport networks; power sector and renewable energy sources; manufacturing and construction plant and; building services; telecommunications and data communications, scientific research.
To be a successful electrical engineer the skills required are:
- Good skills in math, science, and computers
- Analytical power to solve complex problems and assess possible solutions
- The ability of explaining designs and ideas.
- Ability of taking quick decisions.
- Excellent communication skills both verbal and written.
- The ability to prioritize tasks and planning.
- Good skills in handling budgets.
- Good at team work and handling different individuals.
- A good understanding of health and safety regulations while dealing with electrical equipment.
- Ability to work hard for long hours.
- Mental strength for handling stress.
- Deliver efficiently under pressure.
- Carrying out studies for judging the feasibility of new innovations
- Drawing plans and designs by using computer based engineering and design software
- Preparing estimates for material, construction, and labor costs, and determining project timescales.
- Coordinating the technicians and other people working on a project.
- Testing whether the machine installations and systems are working properly, and analyzing the data from them.
- Making sure the projects meet the safety and environmental regulations and comply with the law.
- Overseeing the progress and success of programs.
- Attending important meetings, writing reports for the senior management and giving presentations to managers and clients.
You would normally need to complete a foundation graduation level degree in electrical engineering, or engineering technology. Higher level degree in a related subject will be most beneficial.
Other subjects you would need to study in this field:
- Building services engineering
- Mechanical engineering
- Physics and applied physics
- Aeronautical engineering or mechatronics
- Software development/ engineering
- Computer science/hardware
You can find work as an electrical engineer with a wide range of employers, including government authorities, the armed forces, manufacturers in every type of industry, scientific and technological research and development companies, IT and computer related companies and Government institutions. Always stay prepare for heavy workload and extra work hours. A large portion of your job is made up of dealing with complex problems that you have to find solutions to.
This position is for people who are hard working and have an academic bent of mind.