Electrical engineering is a challenging degree that comes with a heavy class load of mathematics, physics, and computer programing. Successful graduates have enjoyed unbounded career opportunities in a variety of industries. Electrical engineers are regularly needed in the job market; therefore, the outlook for engineers continues to be strong. If you are quick thinking, adaptable, and able to effectively communicate your ideas, then a future in electrical engineering may be perfect for you. Below, we can take a closer look at what it takes to be an electrical engineer.

Skills

Electrical engineers must regularly be able to think on their feet. Often, critical thinking must be applied to in-the-moment problem solving. Due to the quick changes that can occur with electrical engineering projects, engineers must be well versed in creating an active design, which can change with varying conditions.

Another great skill required is the ability to come up with innovative designs. When moving into the realm of sustainable design and engineering, being able to create an innovative design is highly desirable.

In their work, having strong interpersonal communication skills are essential. While it is one thing to be able to create a winning design, it is quite another to be able to effectively communicate your thoughts and ideas with coworkers, contractors, and business owners.

College

To pursue a career in electrical engineering, a Bachelor's degree is usually required. However, for certain advancement opportunities, a Master's degree is might be necessary.

During your education, expect your courses to be very rigid with little deviation allowed from the planned path for successful degree completion. Not only is this degree heavy with physics and mathematical applications, but also in computer programing classes. Often, to be a well-rounded electrical engineer, you will need to be fluent in several computer programing languages.

There are also several specialized certificates available within the electrical engineering field. Obtaining a certificate in a specialized area can set you up for success in that chosen career path.

Career Application

Electrical engineers are needed in just about every industry. Jobs can be found in transportation, communications, utilities, construction, and even with the government. The type of work an electrical engineer will do can range from working in a laboratory to being on site, working on a short- or long-term project. Electrical engineers also have the choice to work on small, hand-held electronic devices or can design large-scale electrical systems. Our world is widely reliant on electronics and power so the outlook for electrical engineers in the job market continues to strengthen.

Gausman & Moore employs a team of highly talented electrical engineers who are crucial  for our overall success. Electrical engineers are pivotal to our work we do everyday. Interested in working as a professional electrical engineer at Gausman & Moore? Check out our open careers in either our Minnesota offices or our California office. We are always eager to add new talent to our winning team.