Career outlook for electrical engineer
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would design, build and maintain the electrical systems and equipment that are vital to industry, the railways and manufacturing.
There are many industries you could work in, such as:
- Transport – including rail electrification and signalling
- Energy – generating, transmitting and distributing power
- Renewable energy – solar panelling, hydroelectric power and wind turbines
- Manufacturing and construction
- Building services – dealing with lighting, heating, ventilation and lift systems
You would use computer-assisted engineering and design software to draw up new project plans and circuit diagrams for high and low voltage electrical equipment.
You’d lead the installation of a system and make sure it meets the safety regulations.
Depending on the industry, you would:
- assess whether new technical developments are feasible
- create project plans
- draw and interpret technical diagrams
- estimate costs and timescales for projects
- coordinate the work of technicians and craftspeople
- test electrical installations and systems
- analyse the data from tests
- oversee inspection and maintenance programmes
You’d also have to write reports, attend meetings and give presentations about projects. You’d need a good understanding of electrical health and safety regulations.
You would work on projects with other professionals, such as civil engineers, architects, engineering technicians and IT staff.
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- Working with technology
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- Working with numbers
- Attention to detail
- Developing a plan
- Making decisions
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