As a senior electrical engineer, you'll lead and oversee a team of engineers who provide support to an organisation with the design, maintenance and servicing of electrical devices. You might work on technology connected with large projects such as petrochemical works, power generation or manufacturing processes. The construction industry and transport networks also employ many senior electrical engineers. You may work within a company, or be brought in from outside the firm to provide consultancy services. Normally, you'll already have experience of working in a particular industry and you may specialise in specific types of installation, such as lighting, heating, or ventilation.
Typically, you might find yourself preparing electrical designs and schemes for industrial processes, choosing appropriate equipment and setting the specifications that the rest of the team will work to. You will also liaise with project managers and engineers from other disciplines, to ensure the project stays on track.
You'll be responsible for directly supervising the work of team members, to ensure consistent standards and to make sure all safety issues are addressed. You'll take action to keep the project on budget and on deadline. You'll also be involved in assessing the efficiency of electrical devices and installations and suggesting ways to make improvements or analyse faults. You'll need good communications skills, to deal with members of the project team who come from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds.
- Expert at analysing complex electrical problems and devising solutions
- Familiar with industry codes, practices and standards
- Have experience of working in specific industry, or market sector