Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacturing of electrical equipment, such as electric motors, radar and navigation systems, communications systems, and power generation equipment. Electronics engineers design and develop electronic equipment, including broadcast and communications systems, such as portable music players and Global Positioning System (GPS) devices.
WHAT SKILLS & TRAINING ARE NEEDED?
- Concentration: Electrical and electronics engineers design and develop complex electrical systems and electronic components and products. They must keep track of multiple design elements and technical characteristics when performing these tasks.
- Math: Electrical and electronics engineers must use the principles of calculus and other advanced math in order to analyze, design, and troubleshoot equipment.
- Writing: Electrical and electronics engineers develop technical publications related to equipment they develop, including maintenance manuals, operation manuals, parts lists, product proposals, and design methods documents.
Electrical and electronics engineers must have a bachelor’s degree. High school students interested in studying electrical or electronics engineering benefit from taking courses in physics and math, including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. Courses in drafting are also helpful, because electrical and electronics engineers often are required to prepare technical drawings.
HOW DO I KNOW IF THIS IS A GOOD FIT FOR ME?
- You like to fix things.
- You enjoy knowing how something works.
- You like math.
- You are good at problem-solving.
WHERE CAN I PURSUE ALIGNED TRAINING?
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