Electrical engineers design, build and maintain electrical control systems, machinery and equipment.

What does an electrical engineer do?

Electrical engineers work with high- and low-voltage equipment in a number of areas, such as transport networks, power generation, renewable energy sources, manufacturing and building services. They conduct feasibility studies, develop project plans, estimate costs and coordinate the work of technicians and craftspeople, among other duties.

What do I need to do to become an electrical engineer?

You will need to be good at solving problems and structuring your workload. You would normally need to complete a foundation degree, HNC, HND or degree to become an electrical engineer.

Related skills

  • Ability to understand technical plans
  • Communication
  • Financial planning
  • Interpersonal skills
  • IT
  • Numeracy
  • Organisation
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

Typical employers include local authorities, the armed forces, manufacturers in all industries, power and water companies, renewable energy firms and building services contractors.

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