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How would you like to have a job where the power is literally in your hands?Electrical engineering

As an electrical engineer, it will be up to you to bring energy into a building by designing an electrical system that's safe and reliable. Coming into this industry means joining a long history of developments within electricity and how it's delivered, and having huge satisfaction at seeing your plans turn into power that runs railways and lights up cities. As an electrical engineer you'll control the world by knowing how to turn various forms of energy into the electricity it needs to run.

What’s it all about? TOP ^

A big part of electrical engineering is electronics engineering, which deals with wiring components that control equipment. Think of how many people have computers, mobile phones and mp3 players – maybe even more than one. Electronics is a huge field that's growing all the time, and has great possibilities for future graduates like you!

This is an exciting industry that's perfect if you are enthusiastic about this kind of science – you'll need to keep yourself up-to-date with the latest developments, but apply the basic rules of physics as new advances are made.

Work experience is very important in this field, so find a degree programme that includes a year in industry. You'll also increase your chances of working overseas if you know another language.

Becoming chartered through a professional organisation like the Institute of Engineering and Technology (kn.theiet.org) is a key part of furthering your career. It will give you opportunities for promotion, overseas jobs, higher pay and more responsibility.

The hours for jobs in electrical engineering depend on the kind of work you do; the job you have will describe what it needs, and what you need to work to. This can vary as well depending on how many projects you're working on at once. Travel is common, and there are lots of possibilities for overseas work after you become chartered.

What will I earn? TOP ^

Salaries start around £20,000, with senior electrical engineers making well over £50,000.

Where can I work? TOP ^

The best way into this industry is with a degree in Electrical or Electronic Engineering, but there is a lot of crossover with other engineering degrees in Mechanics, Computing, Aeronautics and Physics.

You can work in almost any engineering sector requiring the use of electronics or electrical equipment. Most electrical engineers work across various industries over their careers, before moving into managerial positions with experience.

What skills do I need for a career in electrical engineering? TOP ^

Because jobs in electrical engineering involve projects, you'll need to apply your skills to the many phases that those projects take. Being able to multitask is key, as is working well on a team. It's also important to keep up your knowledge of the field through continued education, so self-motivation to further your career apart from the job in front of you is essential if you want to progress to chartered status.

Some essential skills for an electrical engineering career include:

What entry level jobs can I do in electrical engineering? TOP ^

Most electrical engineering� jobs will require you to have a degree in engineering, or at the very least some professional qualifications. Consequently, it is vital to get a degree before entering the industry.
Some entry level electrical engineering jobs include:

  • Electrical engineer
  • Facilities engineer
  • Electrical test engineer
  • Quality manager
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