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What do you do for a living and what is it like being on the electrical engineering job, what are the duties?

What do you do for a living and what is it like being on the electrical engineering job, what are the duties?

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Roberto’s Answer

Steven,

Engineers, in general, make the possible, practical. Engineers move ideas forwards and solve problems by applying scientific knowledge in order to bring about solutions that are both practical and economical. Expanding on some of the examples: scientists may discover that a certain property of the matter makes possible the release of energy under certain conditions. Engineers find the way to actually devise the processes and mechanisms in order make it possible at a scale outside of the lab. Sometimes even in order to make the experiments possible engineers are called in.

Electrical engineers deal with the production (generation) , transmission and consumption of electrical energy. While generation and transmission are still mostly at the industrial level, the consumption is both industrial and residential. There is also the opportunity of working either in research or in support of research.

Electrical engineering a very open field with many opportunities for specialization. Obviously different specialties and occupations would involve different duties, here are a few:

- On the industrial side of things, some Electrical Engineers deal with the design and construction of power plants of all kinds as well as transmission lines (the power lines you can see everywhere and that carry electricity from where it is produced to where it is consumed. Other engineers then the operation of said power plants and transmission lines and yet some others specialize on the receiving side. It is electrical engineers who design the big motors that move the industries and the heating aspects of the big furnaces that smelt our metals. Everywhere you can imagine there is a big motor, a big magnet or a big heater, there are electrical engineers hands all over. Factories, locomotives, big ships, airplanes, rockets, you name it. (and why not? the electrical automobile)

- On the residential side, you can imagine how important is to have safe installations in our places of work and where we live, electrical engineers make the designs and supervise. Nowadays with the advent of practical solar panels and batteries we can even have residential generation. Those systems are also designed by electrical engineers.

- Electrical engineers can also specialize on "low currents" and foray into the realm of electronics and even software development.

As you can see it is a very promising field with a brighter than ever future. We will need more energy than ever and new ways to use it will continue to come along, the electrical engineers are the masters at every step of the process.

Good Luck !!!

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James Constantine’s Answer

Hi Steven,

Understanding the Role of an Electrical Engineer

Electrical engineers play a crucial role in designing, creating, testing, and overseeing the manufacture of electrical devices, systems, and components. Their expertise is required across a variety of sectors, such as telecommunications, energy, and transportation.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities of an Electrical Engineer

An electrical engineer's primary responsibilities encompass:

- Creating and developing electrical systems, devices, and components
- Performing simulations and tests to ensure electrical systems comply with performance and safety criteria
- Evaluating technical data to assess the viability of potential projects
- Drafting technical reports, specifications, and diagrams for electrical systems and devices
- Overseeing the installation, alteration, and upkeep of electrical devices and systems
- Collaborating with fellow engineers, technicians, and professionals to design and develop electrical systems
- Ensuring adherence to relevant codes, regulations, and standards
- Keeping abreast of emerging technologies and industry trends

Essential Skills for Electrical Engineers

Successful electrical engineers need to have a variety of skills, such as:

- Robust analytical and problem-solving abilities
- Exceptional communication and teamwork capabilities
- Proficiency in computer-aided design (CAD) software
- Understanding of electrical codes and safety standards
- Familiarity with programming languages like C++ or Python
- Solid math skills, including calculus and trigonometry
- The capacity to work independently and manage multiple projects at once
- Strong attention to detail and time management skills

Educational and Training Requirements for Electrical Engineers

To pursue a career as an electrical engineer, a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering or a related field is typically necessary. Some roles may necessitate a master’s degree or a professional engineering (PE) license. Many employers also provide on-the-job training to equip new employees with the skills needed to perform their roles effectively. Electrical engineers should also be proficient in industry-specific software tools, such as MATLAB or AutoCAD, and stay updated with emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) or machine learning (ML).

Stay blessed!
James Constantine Frangos.
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Albie’s Answer

Steven,

I work for a communications company that primarily uses low voltage electricity. We do have a lot of equipment that use higher voltages that are part of our network. We have Engineers that take care of the high voltage work and the part of our business that I work in takes care of the related low voltage work. I currently work as a Project Manager to have our Engineers design the work to place the underground conduits and/or pole lines for our cables to go on and then be connected together by our Construction teams. I ensure that the work is prioritized and completed by each of our department's teams.
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