Electrical Engineer


Electrical engineers design, develop and supervise the manufacture, installation, operation and maintenance of electrical systems. They work on systems for the generation, distribution, utilisation and control of electric power. They also work on electronic systems used for computing, communications and other industrial applications.

Duties & Tasks

Electrical engineers may perform the following tasks:

  • plan and design power stations and equipment for generators
  • supervise construction plans and specifications and draw up contracts
  • supervise operating and maintenance staff
  • design and produce drawings of electrical systems using computer-aided design (CAD)
  • decide on the type and arrangement of circuits, transformers, circuit-breakers, transmission lines and equipment, based on calculations
  • make or improve products such as electric motors, parts, equipment and appliances
  • prepare and interpret specifications, drawings and regulations for the use of electric power equipment
  • determine delivery and installation schedules for machines, switchgear, cables and fittings
  • organise and manage staff and materials in the making of electrical parts, machines, appliances and equipment
  • ensure completed works meet specifications and safety standards
  • design and install control and signalling devices for road, rail and air traffic
  • design telecommunications equipment and networks
  • contribute and adhere to safety requirements.

Working Conditions

Electrical engineers work with senior administrators, civil and mechanical engineers, computer scientists and various workers in the business, building and construction industries. They advise employers, associates or clients and consult with scientists, industrial designers and architects.

Personal Requirements

  • able to identify, analyse and solve problems
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • enjoy computing and technical design
  • practical and creative
  • able to work independently and accept responsibility.

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