Electrical engineers are incredibly important to the environment in which we live today. They help provide systems and machinery without which we literally couldn’t survive, and are needed to help companies succeed in a wide range of sectors. The nature of their work and industry in which they work will have a major impact on their work environment, but electrical engineers can expect to spend most of their time in offices, workshops, laboratories, and plants. There’s also an incentive for certain electrical engineers to work abroad, as either a consultant or as a contractor.
Electrical engineers work on a range of projects, including computers, robots, mobile phones, cards, radars, navigation systems, building wiring and lighting, and many types of electrical systems. Electrical engineers are increasingly relying on computer-aided design (CAD) systems to construct schematics and layout circuits, and they are using computers to simulate how electrical devices and systems operate. Electrical engineers work in many different industries, which vary the skills needed. Such skills can vary from the basic theory of circuits to those needed to be a project manager. The tools and equipment that an electrical engineer may require are often variable, ranging from a basic voltmeter to a top end analyzer to sophisticated software design and manufacturing.
The tasks of an electrical engineer may require:
Evaluation of electrical systems, products, components and applications, design and conduct research programs, application of electrical and material expertise, confirmation of the capabilities of systems and components by designing test methods and properties, developing electrical products by analyzing consumer specifications, researching and testing production methods and assembly methods, developing production processes by designing and adjusting equipment, ensuring product quality by designing electrical test methods, checking finished goods and device capabilities, Preparing product reports by gathering, analyzing and summarizing information and trends, providing engineering information by answering questions and requests, maintaining product and company reputation by complying with federal and state regulations, and maintaining the database of products by writing computer programs and entering data.
By directing or organizing design, manufacturing, development, repair, reporting, service, or testing activities, electrical engineers ensure compliance with standards, codes, or customer requirements.