electrical engineer job description
You begin by planning in order to define the requirements, designing circuitry and electronic parts, creating a prototype and testing it. There are sub-disciplines of Electrical Engineering that include Electronic, Microelectronics, Signal Processing, Power, Telecommunications and Computer Engineering.
You’re employed by electrical utilities, communications companies, manufacturers of electrical and electronic equipment, consulting firms and by a wide range of public and private sector industries.
You can usually be found working in a lab or office environment but depending on your project, you might work in a mine or industrial plant. In your role, you might supervise computer programmers, electricians or other engineers. Your job frequently involves project management as you meet with clients, determine budgets and prepare project schedules.
In the course of your workday, you might:
- research networks and conduct feasibility studies
- prepare cost estimates
- design electrical and electronic circuits, components, systems and equipment
- supervise and inspect installation
- prepare proposals and tenders for future work
- supervise other specialists and engineers
With the increase in technological developments in computer and electronic products, employment opportunities for Electrical Engineers are increasing significantly. This is a field where foreign experience and accreditation is reflected in a meaningful percentage of successful employment in Canada. Organizations in Canada representing Engineers are working with government agencies to speed up application processing of foreign applicants.
required skills and training
You require an undergraduate degree in electrical, electronical and communication engineering. A graduate degree is an asset for some specialties and management positions. You also require licensing by a provincial or territorial association of professional engineers. You’re eligible for registration following graduation and the completion of three or four years of supervised work experience and once you’ve passed a professional practice examination.
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