Electrical engineers design, develop, and supervise the installation, operation, and maintenance of electrical systems. The work of an electrical engineer includes working on systems for the generation, distribution or utilisation and control of electric power. In addition, they may work on electronic systems used for computing, communications or other industrial applications.
Personal requirements of an electrical engineer may include:
- Ablility to identify, analyse, and solve problems
- Well developed oral and written communication skills
- Be practical and creative
- Ability to work independently and willing to take responsibility
- Enjoy computing and technical design
Electrical engineers may complete the following tasks:
- Plan and design power stations and equipment for generators
- Supervise operating and maintenance staff
- Design and produce drawings of electrical systems using Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
- Decide on the type and arrangement of circuits, transformers, circuit-breakers, transmission lines and equipment, based on calculations
- Prepare and interpret specifications, drawings and regulations for the use of electric power equipment
- Design telecommunications equipment and networks
The career pathway as an electrical engineer usually starts with a Bachelor Degree in engineering with a major in electrical or telecommunication engineering. The various universities have different prerequisites and some of them may have flexible entry requirements. In addition, some universities offer distance education. Some jobs may also require post-graduate study, such as Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Master Degree. For further information contact the universities as requirements may change.
Once you have finished your Bachelor Degree, electrical engineers may work for state, territory, or federal government departments, electricity suppliers as well as working for firms in the minerals, telecommunication, information technology, and service industries.
Electrical engineers may also choose to specialise in electrical maintenance, electrical power, computers or in areas such as design and operation of power plants or generators.