Electrical engineer

Description

Electrical engineers design and develop electrical systems, electrical equipment, components, motors, and equipment with the feature of energy transmission. They engage in large scale projects such as the design and maintenance of power stations, and the distribution of power to smaller applications such as household appliances.

Other titles

The following job titles also refer to electrical engineer:

electrical engineering consultant
electrical technology engineering expert
advanced electrical engineer
electrical engineering practitioner
electric engineer
electrical equipment engineer
electrical technology engineering specialist
electrical technology engineering adviser
electrical technology engineer
practitioner of electrical engineering
engineer in electrical systems
electrical technology engineering consultant
electrical systems engineer
engineer in electrical design
electrical design engineer
electrical engineering specialist
electrical engineering adviser
electricity engineer
senior electrical engineer
electrical engineering expert

Minimum qualifications

Bachelor’s degree is generally required to work as electrical engineer. However, this requirement may differ in some countries.

ISCO skill level

ISCO skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation. It is measured on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 the lowest level and 4 the highest, by considering:

  • the nature of the work performed in an occupation in relation to the characteristic tasks and duties
  • the level of formal education required for competent performance of the tasks and duties involved and
  • the amount of informal on-the-job training and/or previous experience in a related occupation required for competent performance of these tasks and duties.

Electrical engineer is a Skill level 4 occupation.

Electrical engineer career path

Similar occupations

These occupations, although different, require a lot of knowledge and skills similar to electrical engineer.

computer hardware engineer
electromagnetic engineer
electromechanical engineer
microelectronics engineer
sensor engineer

Promotions or specializations

These occupations require some skills and knowledge of electrical engineer. They also require other skills and knowledge, but at a higher ISCO skill level, meaning these occupations are accessible from a position of electrical engineer with a significant experience and/or extensive training.

Essential knowledge and skills of electrical engineer

Essential knowledge

This knowledge should be acquired through learning to fulfill the role of electrical engineer.

Electricity principles
Engineering principles
Design drawings
Environmental legislation
Environmental threats
Electricity

Essential skills and competences

These skills are necessary for the role of electrical engineer.

Adjust engineering designs
Perform scientific research
Use technical drawing software
Abide by regulations on banned materials
Approve engineering design

Optional knowledge and skills of electrical engineer

Optional knowledge

This knowledge is sometimes, but not always, required for the role of electrical engineer. However, mastering this knowledge allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

Haskell
Circuit diagrams
Erlang
SAS language
Ruby (computer programming)
Common Lisp
Lisp
Electronic test procedures
Hardware platforms
Visual Studio .NET
Materials science
Instrumentation equipment
Java (computer programming)
Electronic equipment standards
Microwave principles
Computer programming
Acoustics
CAM software
Radars
Electrical equipment regulations
Integrated circuits
Electromechanics
Prolog (computer programming)
Electric motors
Precision mechanics
OpenEdge Advanced Business Language
Manufacturing processes
Optics
Engineering control theory
JavaScript
Electrical engineering
Electromagnetism
Perl
Smalltalk (computer programming)
Mathematics
PHP
Assembly (computer programming)
Microelectronics
Hardware components
C#
Design principles
Microsystem test procedures
Firmware
Control systems
R
Types of electronics
Groovy
Hardware testing methods
ASP.NET
Digital camera sensors
APL
Biotechnology
Integrated circuit types
Hardware materials
MOEM
Building automation
Physics
Printed circuit boards
Consumer electronics
Risk management
Sensors
Project management
Transmission technology
Robotic components
Consumer protection
CAE software
Microsoft Visual C++
TypeScript
Power electronics
Computer engineering
Microprocessors
Quality standards
Electronics
CoffeeScript
Objective-C
Mechanical engineering
Microassembly
Hybrid control systems
CAD software
ML (computer programming)
Nanotechnology
Microoptics
Environmental engineering
Micromechanics
Precision measuring instruments
AJAX
C++
Instrumentation engineering
Microelectromechanical systems
Electric drives
SAP R3
Nanoelectronics
Swift (computer programming)
Control engineering
MATLAB
Electromagnets
Electromagnetic spectrum
Electrical testing methods
Electric generators
Python (computer programming)
Electrical wiring plans
Regulations on substances
Scratch (computer programming)
Mechatronics
Biomedical engineering
VBScript
Power engineering
Computer technology
COBOL
Hardware architectures
Product data management
Semiconductors
Optoelectronics
Microsensors
Robotics
Pascal (computer programming)
ABAP
Electrical wiring diagrams
Mechanics
Electrical machines
Automation technology
Supply chain management
Scala

Optional skills and competences

These skills and competences are sometimes, but not always, required for the role of electrical engineer. However, mastering these skills and competences allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

Provide technical documentation
Design electrical systems
Gather technical information
Conduct literature research
Process customer requests based on the REACh Regulation 1907 2006
Communicate with customers
Develop electronic test procedures
Automotive engineering
Apply soldering techniques
Design firmware
Monitor machine operations
Manage budgets
Test microelectromechanical systems
Solder electronics
Align software with system architectures
Maintain electrical engines
Perform data analysis
Assemble microelectromechanical systems
Record test data
Troubleshoot
Create software design
Install hardware
Monitor manufacturing quality standards
Conduct quality control analysis
Perform test run
Define manufacturing quality criteria
Test electromechanical systems
Model electromagnetic products
Test hardware
Create technical plans
Manage instrumentation systems
Define quality standards
Identify customer’s needs
Ensure equipment availability
Design integrated circuits
Test sensors
Design circuit boards
Assemble electromechanical systems
Write routine reports
Model electromechanical systems
Test microelectronics
Use CAM software
Coordinate engineering teams
Analyse test data
Design microelectronics
Examine engineering principles
Design electromagnets
Write technical reports
Assess supplier risks
Use CAE software
Design electric power systems
Use precision tools
Develop microelectromechanical system test procedures
Draft bill of materials
Assemble instrumentation equipment
Read engineering drawings
Use CAD software
Design prototypes
Model hardware
Design hardware
Design microelectromechanical systems
Apply technical communication skills
Install operating system
Design electromechanical systems
Report analysis results
Install software
Operate scientific measuring equipment
Perform project management
Manage system testing
Model microelectronics
Program firmware
Design control systems
Execute feasibility study
Operate precision machinery
Develop instrumentation systems
Define technical requirements
Build business relationships
Maintain safe engineering watches
Apply health and safety standards
Ensure material compliance
Train employees
Prepare production prototypes
Assess financial viability
Process customer orders
Develop test procedures
Prepare assembly drawings
Analyse production processes for improvement
Perform resource planning
Design user interface
Develop product design
Design sensors
Design electronic systems
Model sensor

ISCO group and title

2151 – Electrical engineers

 

 


 

 

References

ESCO

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Last updated on June 8, 2022