Electrical design engineers create electrical equipment using design methods including diagrams, terminal plans and electrical schematics.
Who can I work for?
You can work in the building industry, transportation and transport networks, manufacturing and construction and in production and distribution of power.
Where and when can I work?
Normally you would work a standard working week but sometimes the hours are job specific and you may be required to work unsocial hours in order to get a design installed safely and with minimal disruption to others.
What can I earn?
Starting salaries are between £20,000 and £25,000 but this can rise considerably with experience and further qualifications.
What are the benefits?
There are good opportunities for working overseas, particularly in the oil, petrochemical and power sectors, large consulting firms and large building contractors.
Are there chances of promotion?
You could go into project management or take on a management role. Alternatively going for incorporated or chartered status will help to further your career.
What will I be responsible for?
You will manage the electrical design and development processes and design products according to specification and within budget. You will be required to test and modify equipment and ensure their safe manufacture and installation. You might also be responsible for junior team members.
Do I need any experience?
A degree in electrical engineering will help to gain successful employment. You might also be able to enter the profession through an apprenticeship programme.
What attributes are needed?
You need to be able to make sense of complicated technical information, be computer literate and able to multitask. Creativity, good planning and organisational skills are also beneficial.