Electrical Engineers will enjoy above-average job opportunities in Canada to fill positions in the utilities, consulting services, and manufacturing industries.

The Job

Work realities:
Electrical Engineers work in an office, often as part of an engineering team. Specializing in residential, commercial or industrial installations, electrical power generation and transmission, and instrumentation and control systems, they may spend part of their time in the plant, at the job site, or in the field visiting customers.

Electrical engineers plan, design, research, and evaluate electrical and electronic systems and equipment. They may plan material costs, supervise installation, and develop maintenance and operating standards. Some Electrical Engineers concentrate in software design for industrial machines and other devices.

Future possibilities:
Electrical Engineers can move into to senior engineering and supervisory positions. As they often work in a multi-disciplinary environment, they may find opportunities in science, engineering, sales, marketing or management.


Electrical Engineers need great technical skills in the electronic and electrical fields, plus specialized knowledge in residential, commercial or industrial installations, electrical power generation and transmission, or instrumentation and control systems. They should have great attention to detail, coupled with above-average analytical and problem-solving skills. As they may be part of an internal team and deal with customers too, they need good oral and written communication skills. For many jobs, they need considerable experience in computer programming as well.

Required Skills and Training

Electrical Engineers must have a bachelor's degree in electrical or electronic engineering; a Masters or PhD degree is often required or preferred.

Many employers prefer graduates with coursework and a co-op placement for entry-level jobs. Many positions require several years of experience.

Skills and Certifications:
Electrical engineers require licensing by a provincial or territorial association to practise as a Professional Engineer and approve drawings. They must register within their province after graduation, as well as pass a professional licensing test after three or four years of practise. Some employers require Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Spoken and written finesse with English and French is needed in most jobs.


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