On the Job
Electrical Engineers use engineering to research, design, develop, or test electrical equipment and systems. They may oversee the manufacturing or installation of systems.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Operate computer systems.
- Investigate system, equipment, or product failures.
- Estimate technical or resource requirements for development or production projects.
- Confer with technical personnel to prepare designs or operational plans.
- Discuss designs or plans with clients.
- Create electrical schematics.
- Design alternative energy systems.
- Design electrical equipment or systems.
- Design energy production or management equipment or systems.
- Design energy-efficient equipment or systems.
Typical Working Conditions
- Using e-mail.
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- Working with a group or team.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- Responsibility for outcomes and results.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
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