Electrical Design Engineer
A career as an electrical design engineer combines two aspects or qualities, a passion for engineering and a creative bent of mind. Electrical design engineers constitute professionals from the engineering field, who design and develop new electrical equipments meant for commercial, industrial or domestic purposes, for eg. cars, trains, planes or power generation plants. Their job starts with researching on electrical power and concepts to design a new product. This is followed by creating preliminary designs by using CAD (computer aided design), testing and reviewing the product to correct design flaws before they go into production. The role is thus cross functional as it involves coordination with different departments like manufacturing, technical service and quality.Electrical design engineers either work to create new designs or re-evaluate old designs and their work responsibilities may include the following:
- Co-ordinate with engineers and customers on existing engineering products and projects
- Develop preliminary design, maintain and improve electrical instruments, components to enhance quality
- Budget analysis of labor, equipment, material and selection of equipment
- Inspect installations and ensure compliance with safety standards
- Analyze and resolve customer complaints, detect problems and recommend solutions
- Supervise and train team members
- Documentation and preparing project schedules
- Conduct surveys, study maps and other data to identify and correct problems in power system
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Electrical design engineering is one of the most versatile disciplines that offers the opportunity to work in a fast-paced environment with high earning prospects. Their expertise is very important in many sectors such as electricity, gas, water and waste services, professional, scientific, technical services and manufacturing. With the rapid pace of technological innovation and development, the demand for electrical design engineers in research and development is expected to see a rise.The salary for electrical design engineers is favorable for those with associate degree, certifications and relevant experience. The average pay of an electrical design engineer is in the range of INR 3.6lacs p.a to 4.0 lacs p.a.
Education and Training
Electrical design engineers must obtain a formal qualification to advance in this career. A degree in electrical or electronics engineering is desirable. Other degrees like software engineering or power & energy engineering may prove helpful in securing certain jobs. Nearly all of these degrees offer practical exposure through field work and most engineers are able to gain work experience while on their course.Graduates in this field can also apply for internships for desired work experience and thereby gain access to employers of their choice.
Valued Traits & Abilities
There are a number of sectors that require electrical design engineers that include the manufacturing industry, the production & distribution of energy, transport & construction, power and engineering services firms. As companies aim to cut down costs of hiring direct employees, jobs are available on contractual basis also. Technological development has also given the scope for research and development in this field. Oil & gas and petrochemical industry also have a huge demand for these engineers who ensure safe, reliable and economic production.There are number of career choices and opportunities one can seek under the job title of electrical design engineer, some of them are:
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