Electrical engineers are responsible for designing, maintaining, implementing, and improving electrical instruments and equipment. They must be able to apply principles of electrical theory to engineering projects and must additionally inspect completed projects to ensure conformance to design standards. Sometimes Computer Aided Design (CAD) skills will be required. Like with other engineering positions, strong problem solving skills are necessary in order to successfully complete assigned projects. Projects include initial concept development, layout and selection of equipment, development of contract drawings, specification writing, bid package preparation, field investigations and support during construction. Computer programming skills are generally a bonus in these positions. At times they may be required to supervise and train project staff.
In addition to their technical skills, prime electrical engineering candidates are able to multitask while working in a dynamic, high-pressure and team-oriented environment. Strong verbal and written communication skills are needed in order to effectively collaborate with the rest of the project team and its superiors.
- Inspect completed projects to ensure conformance to design standards.
- Apply principles of electrical theory to engineering projects.
- Design, maintain, implement, improve electrical instruments and equipment.
- Supervise and train project staff as needed.
Most entry level electrical engineering positions require a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college with upper level positions requiring a few years work experience and more advanced degrees. Some positions go so far as to require a Professional Engineer’s License.
The pay scale of an electrical engineer ranges between AUD$49,526 – AUD$128,200 and the median being AUD$77,088.