What Are Electrical Engineers?
Electrical Engineer: “A person trained in practical applications of the theory of electricity.” (source: princeton)
Electrical engineering, sometimes referred to as electrical and electronic engineering, is a field of engineering that deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics and electromagnetism. The field first became an identifiable occupation in the late nineteenth century after commercialization of the electric telegraph and electrical power supply. It now covers a range of subtopics including power, electronics, control systems, signal processing and telecommunications.
Electrical engineering may or may not include electronic engineering. Where a distinction is made, usually outside of the United States, electrical engineering is considered to deal with the problems associated with large-scale electrical systems such as power transmission and motor control, whereas electronic engineering deals with the study of small-scale electronic systems including computers and integrated circuits. Alternatively, electrical engineers are usually concerned with using electricity to transmit energy, while electronic engineers are concerned with using electricity to transmit information.
Questions & Answers
Question: What are some high paying electrical engineering jobs? I am set to graduate soon and I’m just wondering what kind of job pays well. I am getting my Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering and planning on getting a Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering right after. However, what type of jobs pay pretty well. I have a 3.75 GPA as of right now. I was thinking of working in a hospital but not sure what I would do or what the pay scale is any advice?
Answer: If you do power engineering, a masters degree is worthless. Two years in graduate school is two years of lost pay and pay increases.
If you do electromagnetics (most of which is classified) it will be fun, but the pay is less for an undergrad as compared to other fields. You would be expected to get a PhD, in which case you’d make a lot more money.
Then there is control systems. Apparently nobody likes that. That’s just what I hear, and if a computer science guy comes on here and disputes that then that’s fine.
You mentioned working at a hospital. Instead you could work on MRI systems and technology. There’s still a lot of research in that field. That would warrant some graduate work.
RF engineering is another profitable direction. A lot of RF work is classified, but plenty of private sector jobs exist (like mobile phones, etc)
What’s my opinion?
I would pick an industry that is going to be around for a long time. I’m thinking job security. Don’t expect bookoos of money right out of college. You have to work for at least 10 years before you can move up into management type positions (which pay very well).
Question: What are some different requirements for an Electrical Engineer position? I also need Education requirements and job Responsibilies. This is for a Computer Science powerpoint due in about an hour. So your help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks very much.
Answer: I’m not sure I’m following you, are you referring to your own company offering a position for and Electrical Engineer? If so, then usually, education requirements would be a Bachelor degree in the least, possibly Master degree if it is complex work. If the intended position will be responsible for designing power or lighting systems, then you’ll want someone that has some design experience under their belt. On the other hand, if your company is starting out low on the pay scale and you already have experienced engineers on hand, then you could make this an entry level position for a recent graduate.
Getting back to the design criteria, if the engineer will be responsible for signing off on designs, then that engineer will need to be a licensed professional engineer within your state. Otherwise, if the engineer will just review drawings as submitted by outside contractors to ensure code compliance, the PE license may not be necessary.
Question: What does an electrical engineer do on an average day? I am intreasted in Electrical Engineering, could somone (preferably an electrical engineer) explain to me in detail what they do on an average day. Thanks!
Answer: Regular day in the life of a typical electrical engineer:
- Wake up.
- Drink coffee.
- Go to the office. Sit in a cubicle.
- Drink coffee. Maybe eat a donut.
- Scribble some formulas on paper and run some calculations on the computer.
- Get dragged into meetings with non-engineers…ugh!
- Drink more coffee.
- Go home.
If I ever have one of those ‘regular’ days, I’ll probably die or retire.
There are so many things going on that may involve:
System design calculations
Training others or being trained
Learning how stuff works
Figuring out how your competitor does something, then figuring out a way to do it better
Meetings…all kinds of meetings. some are even interesting.
Teaching people how something or other works
You may spend time in the field, or in the lab, or maybe your office is a cable spool turned on its side in a petrochemical plant…
You may perfect the art of bouncing a rubber band off the ceiling to land in your colleague’s cubicle. Or not…
Basically, there is no ‘average day’. Some are more exciting than others, and some may have a routine, but they can all be interesting…if you want them to be.
source: Yahoo! Answers
Electrical Engineer Cartoon
“Normal people…believe that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Engineers believe that if it ain’t broke, it doesn’t have enough features yet.”
~Scott Adams (American Cartoonist, b.1957)