Electrical Engineering

Andrew Williams
LaToya Johnson

Electrical Engineering is a field of engineering that generally deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism. It is sub-divided into a wide range of subfields including electronics, digital computers, power engineering, telecommunications, control systems, RF Engineering, signal processing, instrumentation and microelectronics.

Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacturing of electrical equipment, such as electric motors, radar and navigation systems, communications systems, and power generation equipment. Electrical engineers work in a very wide range of industries with variable skills requirements such as basic circuit theory to management skills of a project manager.

Electrical engineers work primarily in research and development industries, engineering services firms, manufacturing, and the government. Electrical engineers generally work indoors in offices. However, they may have to visit sites to observe a problem or a piece of complex equipment.

Electrical engineers think of designing new ways to use electrical power to develop or improve products for their environment. They use their strong mathematical skills to create detailed calculations which are used to develop manufacturing, construction, and installation standards and specifications for many building developments and products. They also coordinate the testing of electrical equipment to ensure that these products meet specific specifications and codes that will keep consumers safe. Electrical engineers assist their communities by investigating complaints from customers or the public, evaluating problems, and recommending solutions. They are known for their logistical approach to everything as they are appointed to be project managers on many production efforts to ensure that projects are completed satisfactorily, on time, and within budget.