Career as an Electrical Engineer


Summary

An Electrical Engineer is someone who designs and develops new electrical equipment solves problems and tests equipment. They work with all kinds of electronic devices, from the smallest pocket devices to large supercomputers. Electrical engineers are responsible for implementing electrical components into any number of devices that use electricity. They help to design and manufacture electrical products of all shapes and sizes, making it a career constantly on the cutting edge. Due to the job's complexities, electrical engineers frequently work with computers; many of these professionals also work in team settings. While there is overlap with electronics areas, electrical engineers generally focus on supply and generation of power.

Electrical Engineers start out a project by defining what a new electronics should be able to do. They will then design the circuits and parts of the electronics using a computer. They will create a prototype and test the product to improve it. Most products do not work initially or have some bugs that need to be fixed. The electrical engineer needs to figure out the problem and make the product work.

There are many sub-disciplines of electrical engineering. Some electrical engineers specialize exclusively in one subdiscipline, while others specialize in a combination of sub-disciplines like
• Electronic Engineer: deals with electronic circuits.
• Microelectronics Engineer: deals with design and micro-fabrication
• Signal Processing Engineer: deals with signals, such as analog or digital signals
• Telecommunications Engineer: deals with transmission of information via a cable or optical fiber
• Instrumentation Engineer: deals with the design of measuring devices for pressure, flow and temperature.
• Computer Engineer: deals with the design of computers and computer hardware
• Power Engineer: deals with electricity and design of related electrical devices.

Work Environment

Electrical Engineers usually work in a lab, an office, a mine or in industrial plants. An electrical engineer usually can pursue a technical career in any industry. They usually supervise computer programmers, electricians, scientists and other engineers. An electrical engineer also spends a lot of time doing project management, such as meeting with clients, determining budgets and preparing project schedules. Engineering projects usually require written documentation, so strong writing and communication skills are important.

Entry Level Education

  • Diploma courses leading to the polytechnic diploma of 3 years duration. (after 10th or 12th).
  • UG courses leading to the B.Tech (Bachelor of Technology) degree of 4 years duration. (after 12th).
  • PG courses leading to the M.Tech (Master of Technology) degree of 2 years duration. (after Graduation).

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