Electrical engineers design, develop, inspect, test, and supervise the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment, components, or systems for a variety of uses (e.g., commercial, industrial, domestic).
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Tasks electrical engineer
Discuss existing or potential electrical engineering projects and products with relevant parties (engineers, customers, etc.).
Prepare contract documents, e.g. for construction or maintenance.
Design and improve electrical circuits, components, systems, equipment, etc.
Prepare estimates for time and materials costs.
Prepare specifications for purchase of materials and equipment.
Develop standards (e.g. installation, maintenance and operating standards) and specifications for electrical systems, equipment or products.
Implement and maintain electrical circuits, components, systems, equipment, etc.
Supervise electrical engineering projects, e.g. installation, modification, testing and operation of electrical systems, equipment or products.
Inspect completed electrical systems, equipment or products.
The environmental policies and legislation applicable in a certain domain.
Understand design drawings detailing the design of products, tools, and engineering systems.
Understand the principles of electricity and electrical power circuits, as well as the associated risks.
Electricity is created when electric current flows along a conductor. It entails the movement of free electrons between atoms. The more free electrons are present in a material, the better this material conducts. The three main parameters of electricity are the voltage, current (ampère), and resistance (ohm).
The threats for the environment which are related to biological, chemical, nuclear, radiological, and physical hazards.
The engineering elements like functionality, replicability, and costs in relation to the design and how they are applied in the completion of engineering projects.
Perform scientific research
Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.
Adjust engineering designs
Adjust designs of products or parts of products so that they meet requirements.
Approve engineering design
Give consent to the finished engineering design to go over to the actual manufacturing and assembly of the product.
Use technical drawing software
Create technical designs and technical drawings using specialised software.
Abide by regulations on banned materials
Comply with regulations banning heavy metals in solder, flame retardants in plastics, and phthalate plasticisers in plastics and wiring harness insulations, under EU RoHS/WEEE Directives and China RoHS legislation.
Optional knowledge and skills