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Last edited 10 Aug 2018
Electrical engineers design, develop and maintain electrical systems and components.
They may work in a variety of sectors, including:
- Construction, and in particular, building services such as; heating, lighting and ventilation.
- Power generation and distribution.
- Industrial processes.
- Petrochemical industries.
- Research and development.
- Armed forces.
Generally, an electrical engineer will work within a project team that may include other engineers (such as structural, mechanical and building services engineers), architects, contractors and suppliers. The may undertake a wide range of activities such as:
- Identifying the requirements of the employer.
- Researching potential solutions.
- Designing systems and components.
- Producing drawings, models and prototypes (including the use of Building Information Modelling).
- Collaborating with other team members.
- Attending site meetings.
- Testing systems and components.
- Recording, analysing and interpreting data.
- Certifying systems and components.
- Maintaining and servicing equipment.
Generally a degree in electrical or electronic engineering or a related subject is required for entry into this profession. A relevant professional body will support career progression, such as the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). In order to become a chartered engineer (CEng), postgraduate qualifications are required. It is possible to become an incorporated engineer (IEng) with a degree level qualification.
To see some of the modules studied as part of an engineering degree course, see Construction engineering management course essentials.
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