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What are the mundane tasks of electrical engineering?

What are the mundane tasks of electrical engineering? I know that every career has the best parts, in the case of electrical engineering, for me it would probably be doing math and designing circuits, and every profession has its worst and most mundane parts. What are the elements of electrical engineering that you don't like to do?

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Glenn’s Answer

There is no job that does not include mundane tasks. Engineers do 2 basic functions. Create technical content and communicate. Even creating technical content can be mundane. I work in design space, some things are new, different, and exciting. A lot are rinse and repeat type of work. Most testing and evaluating is mundane. Most gathering of requirements is mundane.

If you find a career that is exciting all of the time, please let me know.
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Rich’s Answer

Everybody has different likes and dislikes. Many engineers love the individual detailed design type work and loath the group reviews or presentations, and some are the exact opposite with people falling across the spectrum in between. This is true for any job, there will be things you like and some you dislike. But the good news is that all of these variations and diversity of interests make an organization great just like a set of different sized wrenches is better than just one. My advice is that is you like the type of work, the rest will work itself out and you will find the niche that provides the most of what you prefer while minimizing the stuff that you find mundane.
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Vamshee’s Answer

Electrical Engineers Specialize in different skills/tasks . The information below gives overall perspective of Electrical engineering and tasks..may not give direct answer on what tasks one doesnt like to do.

An electrical engineer specializes in the physics and mathematics of electricity, electromagnetism, and electronics to design and develop new electrical equipment and systems, to solve problems, and to test equipment.

Electrical engineers can work on various projects and do different tasks, from designing household appliances, to designing large-scale electrical telecommunication systems, electrical power stations, and satellite communications systems

Electrical engineering specifically deals with electricity, electro-magnetism and electronics. It also covers power, control systems, telecommunications, and signal processing.

Electrical engineers work in various industries and the skills required also vary. These skills can range from basic circuit theory to those required to be a project manager.

Based on online resources. An electrical engineer's job duties may require:


Evaluating electrical systems, products, components, and applications
Designing and conducting research programs
Applying knowledge of electricity and materials
Confirming system's and components' capabilities by designing testing methods and properties
Developing electrical products by studying customer requirements
Researching and testing manufacturing and assembly methods and materials
Developing manufacturing processes by designing and modifying equipment
Assuring product quality by designing electrical testing methods
Testing finished products and system capabilities
Preparing product reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends
Providing engineering information by answering questions and requests
Maintaining product and company reputation by complying with federal and state regulations
Maintaining product data base by writing computer programs and entering data

There are many sub disciplines in electrical engineering:
Electrical Engineer
Electronics Engineer
Microelectronics Engineer
Signal Processing Engineer
Power Systems Engineer
Control System Engineer
Telecommunications Engineer
Instrumentation Engineer
Computer Engineer
Hardware Engineer

I did my undergrad in electrical engineering and ended up settled in wireless telecommunications field.

When i was in college, i didn't like Electronics Subject as it was hard for me or i didn't bother to make it simple.


Hope this helps and wish you all success in your future endeavors!!
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Nick’s Answer

Engineers will find that they are part of a team designing a product using a sometimes complex process.

The precise definition of the product can be a lengthy and sometimes tedious process as the requirements and cost are balanced to meet the function. Mechanical requirements can constrain the electrical design. Cost constraints can cause frustration but perhaps should be considered a challenge asking for creative solutions. Firmware and software can take a long time to be developed and validated. Internal product testing and then agency qualification such as for UL and other industry agencies can be a long process.

It's important to realize that there are many important aspects to a project and that you should embrace and contribute to the overall success. A good company will manage your talents and interests efficiently, but engineers with an open perspective will have better careers.
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