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How to Become a

Electrical Engineer

Also Known as:
Electrical Technician, Instrument and Controls Technician (I & C Technician), Results Technician, Engineering Assistant, Electrical Engineering Technician, Test Technician, Generation Technician, Relay Tester, Test Specialist, Engineering Technician

What is a

Electrical Engineer

Electrical Engineers install and maintain electrical control systems and equipment, and modify electrical prototypes, parts, and assemblies to correct problems. When testing systems, they set up equipment and evaluate the performance of developmental parts, assemblies, or systems under simulated conditions. They then analyze test information to resolve design-related problems. Electrical Engineering technicians identify and resolve equipment malfunctions and then work with manufacturers to get replacement parts. They also calibrate and perform preventive maintenance on equipment and systems. These technicians often need to read blueprints, schematic drawings, and engineering instructions for assembling electronic units. They also write reports and record data on testing techniques, laboratory equipment, and specifications.
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Why Become

Electrical Engineer

U.S. Employment Demand Metrics
2018:
130,500
2028:
130,700
Percent Change:
0%
Projected Annual Job Openings:
12,700

Skills Needed

General Skills:
Active Listening Complex Problem Solving Critical Thinking Reading Comprehension Writing
Technical Skills:
Analytical or scientific software Computer aided design CAD software Development environment software Object or component oriented development software Operating system software

What Will You Do as a

Electrical Engineer

Maintain electronic equipment. Calibrate scientific or technical equipment. Assemble equipment or components. Inspect finished products to locate flaws. Prepare contracts, disclosures, or applications. Confer with other personnel to resolve design or operational problems. Resolve operational performance problems.
U.S. Employment Demand Metrics
2018:
130,500
professionals
2028:
130,700
professionals
Percent Change:
0%
Projected Annual Job Openings:
12,700

How Much Can You Earn?

Average Yearly Salary
$81,530
Salary graph visually displaying average yearly salary.
$59,080
$81,530
$145,880

What Education Do You need?

People starting in this career usually have
Less than High School Diploma
3
%
High School Diploma or Equivalent
23
%
Some College, but No Degree
31
%
Associate's Degree
22
%
Bachelor's Degree
17
%
Masters Degree
3
%
Doctorate or Professional Degree
1
%

Common Past Positions

Machine Operator Forging Machine Operator General Laborer

Common Next Positions

Injection Mold Engineer Production Engineer Maintenance Technician
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