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.
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.
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.