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What are things an electrical engineer does on a day to day basis?

I'm planning in majoring in electrical engineering at the University of Arizona. #electrical-engineering

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Ken’s Answer

Hi Ignacio!


You are asking about a very interesting and challenging area.


Here are sites that will give you some very good information
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-mbDwo9xzE
https://anengineeringwoman.wordpress.com/2012/07/29/a-day-in-the-work-life-of-an-electrical-engineer/
http://www.engineergirl.org/cms/6071.aspx


Here are some forecasts on the future of electrical engineering:
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/electrical-and-electronics-engineers.htm


Best of luck! Please keep me posted. I would like to follow your progress!

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Vikas’s Answer

Hey Ignacio,

I am a recent grad with a degree in electrical engineering that now works at an industrial power branch of Siemens. I decided to join a rotational program after graduating that would rotate me through a variety of different roles since I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do after graduating. Roles I've held have varied from testing in a manufacturing setting, project management for a factory setup for manufacturing electronics, and working on designing hardware and software. I would say since electrical engineering is so broad that there wouldn't be one person who can tell you what the day-to-day of an electrical engineer looks like. Instead, I would look for industries that interest you and types of roles that seem like they would be a good fit. If you want more technical work and less people management, then I would suggest looking for R&D type roles. If you're more interested in the people management roles, I would look for roles that would allow you to be a technical project manager or other support.

Vikas recommends the following next steps:

Find industries that interest you and require electrical engineers
Find the type of role that interests you (manufacturing, design, testing, project management, etc.)
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