Electrical Engineer

Electrical Engineers design electronics in a variety of capacities. They conduct research on and design electrical component, equipment, or systems. At times, they also must test and maintain the machinery or equipment they have developed.

Duties and tasks

  • Designing electrical components like cathode ray tubes, circuit breakers, or conductors
  • Developing larger electrical machinery like motors
  • Interpreting research, drawings, specifications, and regulations to fit the problem at hand
  • May specialise in fields like air traffic control, power generation, traffic systems, consumer products, electric motors, etc.
  • Planning, designing, and maintaining overall electrical systems or power distribution networks
  • Surveying the operations of electrical systems and networks

Skills required

  • Fine eye for detail
  • High level of mathematical capacity
  • Keen concentration and problem-solving skills
  • Logical reasoning and troubleshooting skills
  • Spatial organisation and imagination capabilities

Working conditions

Electrical Engineers typically work in an office setting, either for private engineering companies, as part of an engineering department of a larger firm, or for governments at the municipal, state, or federal levels.

Professional associations / Industry information

Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia 

Engineers Australia Engineers Australia is the national forum for the advancement of engineering 

National Engineering Registration Board 

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  • Computer Engineer
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  • Electrical Engineering Associate
  • Electrical Maintenance Engineer
  • Power Engineer
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