What is an Electrical Engineer (EE)?
An electrical engineer applies the physics and mathematics of electricity, electromagnetism, and electronics to design and develop new electrical and/or electronic equipment and systems, to solve problems, and to test equipment. Engineering careers can range from analytical to very creative, depending on the company and the engineer.
How do I become an EE and what kind of education or certificates are needed?
Becoming an EE requires a four-year engineering degree from an accredited college or university with engineering programs, which not all colleges offer. More earning potential and greater career options are available to engineers with advanced (master’s or doctorate) degrees. Another way to enhance your career options is to become a professional engineer, or PE, by following a rigorous four-year training program (in addition to work) after graduating from a four-year college, passing two exams as well as a state licensing test. Strong math skills are a must for becoming an EE, as is the ability to solve problems and approaching tasks in a logical, organized way.
What is the career progression for an EE?
Engineers may work in technical jobs, but many also work in sales, management or research. As your career progresses, you may move into supervisory or management positions as well.
What are the working conditions for an EE?
Electrical and electronics engineers work in industries including research and development, engineering services, manufacturing, telecommunications, and the federal government. Electrical and electronics engineers generally work indoors in offices and labs. However, they may have to visit sites to observe a problem or work with a piece of complex equipment.