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I have a degree in EE though I don't work in the field. It's very different than being an electrician and very broad. I have friends who work on huge power systems where they deal with thousands of volts. They're always in a truck or on a job site. I also have friends who design antennas for mobile devices. They spend a lot of time in the lab. Other friends work in the biomedical field.
EE is a great degree to get because it lends you an understanding of many disciplines of engineering.
Thank you for your question. You've received great advice from Caitlin; I'd like to add to it for your consideration.
WHAT ELECTRICAL ENGINEERS DO
Electrical Engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacture of electrical equipment, such as electric motors, radar and navigation systems, communications systems, or power generation equipment. Electrical engineers also design the electrical systems of automobiles and aircraft.
• Design new ways to use electrical power to develop or improve products
• Perform detailed calculations to develop manufacturing, construction, and installation standards and specifications
• Direct the manufacture, installation, and testing of electrical equipment to ensure that products meet specifications and codes
• Investigate complaints from customers or the public, evaluate problems, and recommend solutions
• Work with project managers on production efforts to ensure that projects are completed satisfactorily, on time, and within budget
HOW TO BECOME ONE
Electrical Engineers must have a bachelor’s degree. Employers also value practical experience, such as internships or participation in cooperative engineering programs, in which students earn academic credit for structured work experience.
I wish you much success on your journey. Best of luck to you!
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- The National Electric Code (NEC) that comes out and is modified every three years, dictates pretty much every aspect of your job as an electrical engineer (as well as the entire industry).
- Creativity is key to electrical engineering but not necessarily in the "design" and "make my product appealing sort of way" (we are selling grey boxes), instead, creativity is important to find ways to comply with the NEC and still get workable and profitable electrical products created, and out of the door to match market needs.
- Electrical engineers have an analytical mindset and must excel at mathematics, science and physics. They also need a good understanding of the electrical industry itself (Manufacturing, Sales channels, Shelf products vs Made to Order, etc.)
In conclusion, I would say that electrical engineering is a fantastic job which does not necessarily requires creativity but more a lot of technical skills and critical mindset. This industry is also getting more interesting every day by the introduction of "smart", "connected" products, and "Internet of Things", so as an EE you do need to be very open minded to new technologies out there too.
Also tons, of opportunities in this field!
Hope this helps,
Engineers think outside the box to resolve problems. When resolving problems, everyone’s ideas are used to come up with solutions (and alternative solutions).
I know a lot of people who think they are not smart, but they are.
I know that if you are motivated and study hard and do your homework, get helped when needed; love Mathematics and Science; you will be able to become an engineer. You can do it! You just have to put time into it.
Being a Electrical Engineer (EE) and I&C Design Engineer in the nuclear field, I performed design modifications of obsolete components (finding an alternate replacement to incorporate into the field). I also resolved upcoming issues that we encountered in the plant, etc.
My advice to you is to go visit one or two engineering firms in your town and hopefully you will have the chance to collaborate with an EE engineer to help you decide if you want to be an engineer.
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