What is electrical engineering?
Electrical engineering is the design, building, and maintenance of electrical control systems, machinery, and equipment.
Electrical engineers can work in many fields, including research, development, manufacturing, transportation, and communication.
The typical entry-level education is a Bachelor’s Degree in electrical engineering. Many electrical engineers pursue a Masters or PhD, or licensing.
Electrical engineers can take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam after graduating from an EAC/ABET-accredited program.
After 4 years of post-college work experience, electrical engineers can take the Practice of Engineering (PE) exam to earn their Professional Engineer license
Duties and Skills
Electrical engineers work most in offices or laboratories but may visit work sites. Some of their regular duties include:
- Designing and improving electrical products and systems
- Establishing manufacturing processes
- Evaluating systems’ safety, reliability, and performance
- Testing finished products and system capabilities
- Preparing product reports
- Providing engineering information for contractors
Designing and improving electrical products and systemsEstablishing manufacturing processesEvaluating systems’ safety, reliability, and performance
Some valuable skills of electrical engineers include:
- Critical thinking
- Interpersonal skills
- Problem solving
- Mathematics and physics skills
Some historical women in electrical engineering include Edith Clarke, Dr. Will Hobbs Moore, and Christina Koch!