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Electrical Engineer

Electrical engineers design, develop and maintain electrical control systems and components to required specifications. Their work focuses on: Economy, quality, reliability, safety, sustainability

Electrical engineers are involved in projects from the concept and detail of the design, through to implementation, testing and handover. They may be involved in maintenance programmes.

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This career information has been adapted from Prospects and National Careers Service.

What The Job Involves

What are the key responsibilities for this position?

Key Responsibilities

identifying customer requirements
designing systems and products
reading design specifications and technical drawings
researching suitable solutions and estimating costs and timescales
making models and prototypes of products using three-dimensional design software
working to British (BS), European (EN) and other standards
liaising with others in the design team
communicating with clients and contractors
attending meetings on site
designing and conducting tests
recording, analysing and interpreting test data
proposing modifications and retesting products
qualifying the final product or system
servicing and maintaining equipment
preparing product documentation, writing reports and giving presentations
monitoring a product in use to improve on future design

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Entry Requirements

A degree in electrical or electronic engineering
Entry may also be possible with other engineering degrees, particularly mechanical engineering
Entry is possible with an HND or foundation degree in subjects similar to those at degree level

What key skills and personal attributes help with this role?

Skills & Attributes

a high level of technical and scientific knowledge and the ability to apply this knowledge to practical problems
good analytical and problem-solving skills
strong mathematical ability
computer literacy
precise and concise written communication skills
creative ability
excellent spoken communication skills and confidence in dealing with a wide range of people, including clients, contractors, designers, directors and plant operators
the ability to work under pressure
teamwork skills
attention to detail
the ability to liaise well with professionals from other disciplines
an interest in the design and structure of buildings
commercial awareness
an enthusiasm for your subject and up-to-date sector knowledge
planning and organisational skills, such as time and resource allocation
the ability to work in a multidisciplinary team

How much can you expect to earn and what are the career progression options?

The following figures are intended as a guideline only.

Salary & Progression

Graduate engineers: £20,000 - £25,000
Experienced electrical engineers: £26,000 - £40,000
Chartered electrical engineers: £40,000 - £60,000
Case Study


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What did you think about this experience?

"During my placement at Network Rail I gained a lot of insight into the construction industry, particularly the railway industry.  The site visits to stations were really good as I could see the development of the track and platforms needed for the Crossrail trains.  In addition, I was able to speak to a range of people working on different aspects of the project, from civil, mechanical and signalling engineers to telecoms people and project managers.  I really enjoyed the placement and it was great to see how different engineering disciplines work together."

How do you think this experience influenced in your decisions for your future career?

"This experience has confirmed my decision to study engineering at university and I have been able to look at which engineering discipline I would like to follow.  From this placement I have developed a strong interest in mechanical engineering and gaining work experience in this type of engineering is what I hope to do next."

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