Electrical Engineers can do anything from developing new integrated circuits to helping a medical team create new devices to help save lives!
What You Can Do
- Aerospace engineer
- Automotive engineer
- Controls engineer
- Design computer chips
- Design medical instruments
- Embedded system engineer
- Power Plant Designer
- Substation Engineer
- Engineering Manager
- Power Electronics Designer
- Semiconductor engineer
- Wireless communication engineer
Industries You Can Work In
- Renewable and clean energy
- Electric vehicles (land, ocean, space)
- Robotics and automation
- Smart phones and communication networks
- Smart Grid
- Nanotechnology & optoelectronics
- $77K is the average starting salary for our undergraduates in a full time engineering position
- Earn up to $120,000 annually
- Median entry level salary is $78,016
- Experienced engineers earn $89,130
The jobs and salaries available for an engineer are constantly changing. For thisreason, the best place to find the information is on the Bureau of Labor Statistic's website.
Typical Electrical Engineering Jobs
The following are typical jobs for an electrical engineer. This is a small random sample of typical jobs rather than a complete list.
- Power Plant Designer - Some electrical engineers make a career out of designing new power plants for generating
- Power System Design Engineer - This could be an engineer who designs the electrical power distribution system
for a company.
- Substation Engineer - This is an engineer who specializes in the construction and maintenance of high
voltage electrical substations.
- Power Electronics Designer - This is an engineer who specializes in the design of electronic circuitry that controls
high power motors or other equipment, or that is used in the power grid. Electric
cars use power electronics. Power electronics is also important in windmill design.
- Digital Designer (Board Level) - A board level digital designer designs digital electronic equipment. He or she
designs the printed circuit boards inside all manner of digital devices, and the circuitry
that goes on the boards. Most such designers work in teams.
- Integrated Circuit Designer - An integrated circuit designer designs the circuitry on integrated circuit chips,
and the layout of the circuitry on the chips. Most such designers work in teams.
- Integrated Circuit Test Engineer - An I.C. test engineer designs tests for integrated circuits. This is an essential
occupation because manufacturing defects cause a substantial percentage of newly manufactured
integrated circuit chips to be faulty.
- Mixed Signal I.C. Designer - This is an integrated circuit designer who specializes in the design of mixed analog/digital
circuitry. This is circuitry that has both analog & digital components on the same
- Process Engineer - Some process engineers design the physical and chemical processes used in manufacturing
integrated circuit chips. Other process engineers maintain the equipment used in integrated
circuit fabrication lines and keep the fabrication lines working.
- Device Engineer - A device engineer makes measurements on semiconductor devices and on the processes
that produce them. The goal is to fix problems or weaknesses in the process.
- Design Automation Software Engineer - This is an engineer who designs the software tools that electrical engineers use
to help them design complex circuitry. Knowledge of both electrical engineering and
computer engineering is required.
- Embedded Systems Design Engineer - Designs microcomputer-based systems that are embedded in larger systems to accomplish
a task. Examples include a system that would be the brains of the autopilot of an
airplane, or control the path adjustment of a satellite.
- Digital Signal Processing Engineer - Designs systems using DSP chips that analyze or change analog or digital signals.
Examples include the generation of an HDTV signal, or the design of a system to encrypt
- Maintenance/Electrical Supervisor - This would be an engineer who supervises the personnel who are maintaining the
electronic systems in a manufacturing plant.
- Analog Circuit Designer - This is an engineer who specializes in the design of the analog circuitry for some
class of application. An example would be the design of high speed drivers and receivers
for communications links.
- Engineering Manager - An engineering manager manages teams of other engineers. Many managers also spend
a lot of their time interacting with other companies that sell or design equipment
that is used by the manager's company, or interacting with the company's industrial
- System Designer - Designer of an entire system. A system designer supervises the design of a complete
electronic system of some sort. A system could be as large as a television set or
the electronics system of an aircraft, or it could be as small as a single complex
integrated circuit chip.
- Manufacturing Engineer - A manufacturing engineer specializes in the design and maintenance of assembly
and manufacturing processes for electronics. An example would be an engineer who sets
up automated equipment for placing the components onto a printed circuit board and
- Customer Support Engineer - Answers technical questions and solves problems for a company's industrial customers.
May involve travel.
- Packaging Engineer - Makes all of the critical decisions on how a collection of electronic components
becomes an electronic system. He or she determines what kind and complexity of circuit
board is needed, how much room the components will occupy, how the heat will be removed
from the system, and which package and power technologies to use.
- Signal Integrity Engineer - Analyzes the performance of the wiring that connects the integrated circuit chips
in a package or on a printed circuit board, and makes improvements in the wiring when
necessary. He or she insures that signals are not corrupted passing through the wiring.
- Designer of Image Sensor Arrays - A designer of the arrays of photosensors that are used in a camera or video camera. The sensors may use nanostructures.