The world relies on electrical engineers without them, no transport system, power systems, security systems or seemingly simple things such as highway lighting will function. As electrical engineer, you can form part of this fast developing environment, be involved with research and design, implementation or maintenance and monitoring. Typically, an electrical engineer will either be working in the design phase, implementation or monitoring phase of electrical systems. Each phase requires a different mindset and skills. For example, being part of the electrical design phase requires a fair degree of technical knowledge, coupled with creative thinking and a problem-solving attitude. Working in the implementation phase, electrical engineers need to follow technical instructions meticulously. Post-implementation phases mean you will be involved with monitoring and reporting, electrical safety, as well as problem-solving. Post-implementation may mean hours spent fixing faulty systems often with tight schedules at hand. The golden thread running through all the different job options as an electrical engineer is a sound interest in electrical sciences, technical innovations and the bettering of the technical side of the world we live in.
By applying technical knowledge of electricity, power generation and materials, electrical engineers have the all important task of keeping our lights burning and the industries functioning in electrical terms. Although specific responsibilities vary between electrical engineering departments, general responsibilities which electrical engineers need to comply with, including reporting, technical assistance, regulating of electrical safety, and electrical product or equipment sourcing, development or selling.
- Ability to read and understand technical electrical reports and information
- Good record-keeping, reporting, and communication skills
- Basic research and financial skills
- Good team player