Electrical engineers specialize in power supply and generation. They design, develop, test and supervise electrical equipment manufacturing. They have also been trained to handle responsibilities like wiring and lighting installations in buildings, automobiles and aircraft.
Electrical engineering, in general, refers to the branch of science and engineering that requires you to have knowledge about various facets concerning electricity, electrical machines and their applications in the day-to-day world to understand and develop technologies, products and services.
In the United States, electrical engineering is now generally referred to as electrical, electronics and computer engineering.
The aim of this article is to give you a brief overview of electrical engineering as a career option and its various sides. Read on for more information.
An electrical engineer is required, firstly to have a Bachelor’s degree. After that, as a choice, you may opt for a Master’s degree as well. The areas include, as already mentioned, electrical, electronics and computer engineering. After passing out from a Bachelor’s degree course, a person (hence forth the electrical engineer!) is typically offered the role of junior engineer in various organizations. In this role the electrical engineer, firstly, has to get training regarding the various processes and machines available at the company’s plant where he/she is working.
This is on-the-job training. After that comes the choosing of a technical specialty. After this the responsibility of the electrical engineer becomes to develop and implement new ideas, products and systems for the organization. Problem identification and proper solution selection are integral parts of this role.
However, an important thing to remember is that an electrical engineer is not limited to working only in the field of electrical engineering. He/She has the option of working in a large number of fields. That is to say, he/she can diversify easily. The degree in electrical engineering can serve as a launch pad.
After that, a person may work in fields such as law, medicine, management, business, consultancy etc. The reason for this is that during the course of learning electrical engineering, the problem-solving abilities of a person are increased manifold. This serves as an asset in future when a person wants to diversify.
The basic degree required for a person to be termed an electrical engineer is a Bachelor of Science degree with specialization in electrical engineering.
Some of the main roles an electrical engineer may be called upon to serve are:
- Design engineer
- Project engineer
- Chief engineer
- Quality control engineer
- Sales engineer
- Engineering specialist
- Field engineer
- Test engineer
Being an electrical engineer can open a window of opportunities in your career.