Electrical Engineers
SOC: 17-2071.00

Description:

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


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
178,400 employed

Projected (2024):
180,200 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Automation Engineer
  • Cable Engineer
  • Circuits Engineer
  • Controls Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Distribution Engineer
  • Distribution Field Engineer
  • District Plant Engineer
  • Division Engineer
  • Division Plant Engineer
  • Electrical Controls Engineer
  • Electrical Design Engineer
  • Electrical Designer
  • Electrical Electronics Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electrical Integrator
  • Electrical Products Engineer
  • Electrical Project Engineer
  • Electrical Prospecting Engineer
  • Electrical Research Engineer
  • Electrical Test Engineer
  • Electrolysis and Corrosion Control Engineer
  • Electrolysis Engineer
  • Electrolysis Investigator
  • Engineer of System Development
  • Facilities Engineer
  • Failure Analysis Technician
  • Field Engineer
  • Geothermal Electrical Engineer
  • Hardware Design Engineer
  • Hydroelectric Plant Electrical Engineer
  • Illuminating Engineer
  • Induction Coordination Engineer
  • Induction Coordination Power Engineer
  • Instrumentation and Electrical Reliability Engineer (I&E Reliability Engineer)
  • Instrumentation Engineer
  • Laser Engineer
  • Lighting Engineer
  • Line Construction Engineer
  • Meter Engineer
  • Microwave Supervisor
  • Outside Plant Engineer
  • Photovoltaic Power Systems Engineer (PV Power Systems Engineer)
  • Photovoltaic Solar Cell Designer (PV Solar Cell Designer)
  • Plant Engineer
  • Power Distribution Engineer
  • Power Generation Engineer
  • Power System Electrical Engineer
  • Power Systems Engineer
  • Power Transmission Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Protection Engineer
  • Radio Frequency Engineer (RF Engineer)
  • Relay Engineer
  • Results Engineer
  • Rural Electrification Engineer
  • Service Engineer
  • Smart Grid Engineer
  • Solar Designer
  • Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)
  • Systems Engineer
  • Telecommunication Engineer
  • Telephone Engineer
  • Test Engineer
  • Testing Engineer
  • Traffic Engineer
  • Traffic Routing Engineer
  • Transmission Engineer
  • Utility Engineer
  • Wind Farm Electrical Systems Designer
  • Wind Turbine Electrical Engineer
  • Wire Communications Engineer


  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Confer with engineers, customers, or others to discuss existing or potential engineering projects or products.
  • Design, implement, maintain, or improve electrical instruments, equipment, facilities, components, products, or systems for commercial, industrial, or domestic purposes.
  • Operate computer-assisted engineering or design software or equipment to perform engineering tasks.
  • Direct or coordinate manufacturing, construction, installation, maintenance, support, documentation, or testing activities to ensure compliance with specifications, codes, or customer requirements.
  • Perform detailed calculations to compute and establish manufacturing, construction, or installation standards or specifications.
  • Plan or implement research methodology or procedures to apply principles of electrical theory to engineering projects.
  • Prepare specifications for purchases of materials or equipment.
  • Supervise or train project team members as necessary.
  • Investigate or test vendors' or competitors' products.
  • Oversee project production efforts to assure projects are completed on time and within budget.
  • Prepare technical drawings, specifications of electrical systems, or topographical maps to ensure that installation and operations conform to standards and customer requirements.
  • Plan layout of electric power generating plants or distribution lines or stations.
  • Assist in developing capital project programs for new equipment or major repairs.
  • Compile data and write reports regarding existing or potential electrical engineering studies or projects.
  • Collect data relating to commercial or residential development, population, or power system interconnection to determine operating efficiency of electrical systems.
  • Conduct field surveys or study maps, graphs, diagrams, or other data to identify and correct power system problems.
  • Design electrical systems or components that minimize electric energy requirements, such as lighting systems designed to account for natural lighting.
  • Develop systems that produce electricity using renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar, or biofuels.
  • Integrate electrical systems with renewable energy systems to improve overall efficiency.
  • Estimate labor, material, or construction costs for budget preparation purposes.
  • Investigate customer or public complaints to determine the nature and extent of problems.
  • Inspect completed installations and observe operations to ensure conformance to design and equipment specifications and compliance with operational, safety, or environmental standards.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Accelerometers
  • Annealing furnaces
  • Atomic force microscopes
  • Auger electron spectrometers
  • Computer servers
  • Cylindrical corona testers
  • Diffractometers
  • Diffusion furnaces
  • Digital oscilloscopes
  • Digital video cameras
  • Digital voltmeters DVM
  • Doping tubes
  • Electrical flow meters
  • Electrochemical CV dopant profilers
  • Electrochemical etching devices
  • Electron beam evaporators
  • Ellipsometers
  • Filament evaporators
  • Fog chambers
  • Frequency counters
  • Frequency drives
  • Glove box systems
  • Imaging spectrographs
  • Inductance capacitance resistance LCR meters
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser printers
  • Laser ranging systems
  • Linearization testbeds
  • Low pressure chemical vapor deposition LPCVD systems
  • Metal evaporation systems
  • Microbalances
  • Microwave automatic load-pull tuners
  • Microwave power meters
  • Mixed signal oscilloscopes
  • Molecular beam epitaxy MBE systems
  • Multimeters
  • Network analyzers
  • Noise figure meters
  • Oxidation furnaces
  • Oxidation tubes
  • Parameter analyzers
  • Pattern generator systems
  • Personal computers
  • Photolithography equipment
  • Photoluminescence spectrometers
  • Plasma ashers
  • Plasma reactors
  • Plotters
  • Profilometers
  • Programmable function generators
  • Pulse generators
  • Pulsed current-voltage IV analyzer
  • Pyrometers
  • Rapid thermal annealers RTA
  • Reactive ion etch systems
  • Sampling oscilloscopes
  • Scanning electron microscopes SEM
  • Scanning tunneling microscopes STM
  • Secondary ion mass spectrometers SIMS
  • Signal analyzers
  • Signal generators
  • Spectrometers
  • Spectrum analyzers
  • Spin-coaters
  • Spinners
  • Sweep oscillators
  • Synthesized continuous wave CW generators
  • Thermocouples
  • Tube etchers
  • Tube furnaces
  • Universal microwave transistor test fixtures
  • Vacuum chambers
  • Vacuum system/thermal evaporators
  • Vector signal generators
  • Vertical furnaces
  • Wafer steppers
  • Wet chemical clean benches
  • Wire bonders
  • X ray guns
  • X ray photoemission spectrometers
  • Ada
  • Advanced boolean expression language ABEL
  • Agilent Advanced Design System ADS software
  • Altera hardware description language AHDL
  • APLAC Solutions Corporation software
  • ATD protocol
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Autodesk Revit
  • Automated material handling software
  • Availability prediction modeling software
  • Bentley Microstation
  • C
  • C++
  • Cadence Allegro Design Entry software
  • Cadence Encounter Test
  • Chip design software
  • Circuit simulation software
  • Computer aided design and drafting CADD software
  • Computer aided design and drafting software CADD
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
  • Dassault Systemes CATIA software
  • Debugging software
  • Defect tracking software
  • Digital timing diagram editing software
  • Dynamic object-oriented requirements system DOORS
  • Eclipse IDE software
  • Electromagnetic analysis software
  • Electronic design automation EDA software
  • Electronic engineering calculator
  • Embedded systems testing software
  • ETAP software
  • Failure mode and effects analysis FMEA software
  • Failure mode effects and criticality analysis FMECA software
  • Failure reporting analysis and corrective action FRACAS software
  • Fault modeling software
  • Fault tree analysis FTA software
  • Field programmable gate array FPGA design software
  • Finite difference time domain FDTD software
  • Finite element method FEM software
  • Floor planning software
  • Functional verification software
  • Hardware description language HDL
  • Hewlett-Packard HP Semiconductor Parameter Analyzer
  • IBM Notes
  • Isograph Markov
  • JHDL
  • Life cycle cost software
  • Linux
  • Logic synthesis software
  • MAGIC layout editor
  • Matrix calculation software
  • Mean time between failures MBTF software
  • Mean time to failure MTTF software
  • Mento Graphics software
  • Mentor Graphics ModelSim
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Microsoft Visual Studio
  • Microsoft Windows Server
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microwave circuit simulation software
  • Minitab software
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
  • Optimization software
  • Oracle Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management software
  • OrCAD Capture
  • Physical design software
  • Power analysis software
  • Powersim PSIM
  • Practical extraction and reporting language Perl
  • Printed circuit board design software
  • Programmed logic controller PLC code generation software
  • PTC Creo Parametric
  • Python
  • Rapid prototyping software
  • Reliability analysis software
  • ReliaSoft Weibull++ 6
  • Requirements management software
  • SAP software
  • Schematic design entry software
  • Signal integrity simulation software
  • Simulation program with integrated circuit emphasis SPICE
  • Sun Microsystems Java
  • Synopsis Design Compiler
  • Synopsys PrimeTime
  • Systems analysis programs for hands on integrated reliability evaluation software SAPHIRE
  • Tektronix EZ-TEST
  • Test automation software
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • The MathWorks Simulink
  • Time and motion analysis software
  • UNIX
  • Verilog
  • VHSIC hardware description language VHDL
  • ViewLogic software
  • Wonderware InTouch HMI
  • X.25 Protocol
  • Zuken E3.schematic


  • architecture and engineering


    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980