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Electrical Engineers

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Research, design, develop, test, or supervise the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment, components, or systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use.

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Currently Employed: 4,130

Projected Annual Job Openings: 340

Typical Hourly Wage: $34.92 - $58.24

Typical Annual Salary: $72,600 - $121,200

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Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Operate computer-assisted engineering or design software or equipment to perform engineering tasks.
  • Prepare technical drawings, specifications of electrical systems, or topographical maps to ensure that installation and operations conform to standards and customer requirements.
  • Confer with engineers, customers, or others to discuss existing or potential engineering projects or products.
  • Conduct field surveys or study maps, graphs, diagrams, or other data to identify and correct power system problems.
  • Design, implement, maintain, or improve electrical instruments, equipment, facilities, components, products, or systems for commercial, industrial, or domestic purposes.
  • Direct or coordinate manufacturing, construction, installation, maintenance, support, documentation, or testing activities to ensure compliance with specifications, codes, or customer requirements.
  • Compile data and write reports regarding existing or potential electrical engineering studies or projects.
  • Investigate customer or public complaints to determine the nature and extent of problems.
  • Perform detailed calculations to compute and establish manufacturing, construction, or installation standards or specifications.
  • Oversee project production efforts to assure projects are completed on time and within budget.

tools & technology

  • Laboratory safety furnaces
  • Semiconductor process systems
  • Signal generators
  • Spectrometers
  • Tube furnaces

  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Development environment software
  • Object or component oriented development software
  • Operating system software