Electrical engineers research, design, develop and install a part of, or the complete life cycle of, electrical products or systems.
The nature of your work will depend on the industry you work in. Most employers take on graduate electrical engineers with a view to developing their specialist knowledge further. In these companies you can expect to work alongside engineers from other disciplines, but your role will be to provide electrical engineering expertise.
However, with some employers electrical engineering graduates will develop into more 'generalist' engineers. They may need to pick up knowledge from other areas of engineering and will perform similar jobs to graduates who studied different disciplines.
With a degree in electrical and electronic engineering you can find work in a wide range of sectors including aerospace, automotive, energy, IT and telecommunications.
- Key skills for electrical engineers
- Good technical abilities
- Teamworking skills
- The ability to work well under pressure
- The motivation to work extra hours when necessary
Electrical engineering graduates can find jobs in most engineering sectors. These include the: