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Electrical Engineers

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Research, design, develop, test, or supervise the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment, components, or systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use.

    Work Activities
    • Operate computer-assisted engineering or design software or equipment to perform engineering tasks.
    • Prepare technical drawings, specifications of electrical systems, or topographical maps to ensure that installation and operations conform to standards and customer requirements.
    • Confer with engineers, customers, or others to discuss existing or potential engineering projects or products.
    • Conduct field surveys or study maps, graphs, diagrams, or other data to identify and correct power system problems.
    • Design, implement, maintain, or improve electrical instruments, equipment, facilities, components, products, or systems for commercial, industrial, or domestic purposes.
    • Direct or coordinate manufacturing, construction, installation, maintenance, support, documentation, or testing activities to ensure compliance with specifications, codes, or customer requirements.
    • Compile data and write reports regarding existing or potential electrical engineering studies or projects.
    • Investigate customer or public complaints to determine the nature and extent of problems.
    • Perform detailed calculations to compute and establish manufacturing, construction, or installation standards or specifications.
    • Oversee project production efforts to assure projects are completed on time and within budget.
    • Inspect completed installations and observe operations to ensure conformance to design and equipment specifications and compliance with operational, safety, or environmental standards.
    • Plan or implement research methodology or procedures to apply principles of electrical theory to engineering projects.
    • Design electrical systems or components that minimize electric energy requirements, such as lighting systems designed to account for natural lighting.
    • Plan layout of electric power generating plants or distribution lines or stations.
    • Prepare specifications for purchases of materials or equipment.
    • Assist in developing capital project programs for new equipment or major repairs.
    • Estimate labor, material, or construction costs for budget preparation purposes.
    • Supervise or train project team members, as necessary.
    • Investigate or test vendors' or competitors' products.
    • Collect data relating to commercial or residential development, population, or power system interconnection to determine operating efficiency of electrical systems.
    • Develop systems that produce electricity with renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar, or biofuels.
    • Integrate electrical systems with renewable energy systems to improve overall efficiency.
    Skills
    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Complex Problem Solving

      Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    7
    Workplace Documents
    6
    Graphic Literacy
    5
    Abilities
    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    Knowledge
    • Engineering and Technology

      Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    • Design

      Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $84,820/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $40.78/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 6,260
    • Yearly Projected Openings 450
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Attention to Detail
    • Persistence
    • Integrity
    • Achievement/Effort
    • Cooperation
    Tools
    • Tube furnaces
    • Spectrometers
    • Signal generators
    • Semiconductor process systems
    • Laboratory safety furnaces
    Technology
    • Operating system software
    • Object or component oriented development software
    • Development environment software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Analytical or scientific software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.