How to become a 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. Electrical engineers may specialise as electrical maintenance engineers, electrical power engineers, electrical design engineers, communications engineers or computer engineers. They may also specialise in areas such as the design and operation of power plants, generators, metal refining, rolling mills, motors and transformers, and in researching new applications of technology or production machinery.

Personal requirements of a Electrical Engineer

  • 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

Education & Training for a Electrical Engineer

To become an electrical engineer you usually have to complete an engineering degree at university with a major in electrical, electronic, electrical power, telecommunications and network, or communications engineering. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics are normally required. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.

Avg. weekly wage:

$1,859

Future growth:

moderate growth

Employment by state:

ACT 0.8%

NSW 35.3%

NT 0.7%

QLD 17.9%

SA 6.7%

TAS 1%

VIC 22.5%

WA 15.2%

Hours worked:

41.4

Unemployment:

below average

Gender split:

Male 90%

Female 10%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 10.7%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 13.1%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 53.6%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 22.6%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 45.4%

Above 35 years: 57.7%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.




Additional Information
Graduates may be eligible for membership of Engineers Australia. Visit their website for more details. Depending on your state or territory, you may need to register with authorities specific to your area of work.
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