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Essential Details for Electrical Engineering Students

Updated on April 30, 2015

Know All About Electrical Engineering

Career in Electrical Engineering
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Have You Decided to Pursue Electrical Engineering?

The Dilemma

The dilemma of choosing the right stream hits the minds of most engineering students, which keeps them in the middle of their decision to choose their specialized fields. So, here is a detailed write-up to help those, who have been wondering about pursuing electrical engineering. In this regard, the students first need to be clear whether they have an interest in the subject or they are just going by the word of mouth. Some of you may feel, it has good future prospects, and it can let them switch to other industries too. It may be true, but before you decide, you need to have a better view of their future in this stream.

What is Electrical Engineering?

The first thing every student aspiring to pursue electrical engineering should understand is the core concepts involved in the course and their ability to deal with the intricacies of the course. This arm of engineering deals with the application of electricity, electromagnetism, and electronics. Initially, it was used for electric telegraph and distribution of power, but now it has many applications in varied industries.

It is among the professions that are never going to be outdated. It is applied everywhere, from a household to an industry, from a small circuit board to a huge powerhouse. Thus, the manpower required for this job has to possess a great knowledge base and understanding of the technical intricacies involved.

Electrical Engineering Skills

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Skills and Job Responsibilities of Electrical Engineers

Electrical engineers need to have an eye for technical details. Besides, they need to possess a variety of skills, including that of managing the electrical circuits to those of managing a project. They can be hired as Project Managers too, and for this position, they need to possess the managerial skills, besides the industry specific knowledge. They also need to stay updated on the new technologies and tools being introduced in the market. Besides, the following skills can be of help for them.

  • Critical Thinking
  • Technological Ability
  • Communication and Problem Solving Skills
  • Eye for detail
  • Ability to work independently
  • Confidence to lead a team or a project

Job Responsibilities of Electrical Engineers

  • Distribution of electricity in different set-ups
  • Detailed calculations for installation specifications
  • Manage entire projects
  • Supervision of installation and testing activities as per the conducts
  • Working in line with the Project Managers to meet the design requirements and deadlines
  • Designing new uses for electrical energy to develop or improve products
  • Completing extensive detailed calculations for developing construction, manufacturing, and installation specifications
  • Supervising the manufacture, install, and testing of electrical equipment to ensure that products meet codes and standards of regulation
  • Investigating complaints from the public, assessing issues, and recommending effective solutions
  • Collaborating with project managers on production efforts to guarantee all designs are successfully completed on time and within the established budget
  • Planning modifications for electrical properties used in systems to improve technical performance


Electrical Engineering Jobs

Job Opportunities for Electrical Engineers
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Jobs in Electrical Engineering

Jobs for Electrical Engineers

If we look at the job prospects for a student graduating as an electrical major, the future looks good. It has many sub-fields and disciplines where one can be hired. The major sector where they have the best chances to get electrical engineering jobs are Power, Control, Electronics, Telecommunication, Microelectronics, Instrumentation, Energy and Signal Processing.

These are the core fields for electrical engineers, where they can expect to have a satisfying career. Initially, they may not be given a satisfying salary, but after gaining a relevant experience in any of these, they are entitled to be moved on to the higher positions with higher remuneration. As per a research firm, the entry-level electrical engineers are offered an average pay of Rs. 300,273 annually.

Other Associated Fields

To go deep into a profession, you need to know about every minor detail related to it. And so, I have worked on this module to tell you about the other disciplines related to electrical. These mainly include Mechatronics and Biomedical Engineering. I am sure many of you wouldn’t have heard of the former. It deals with the systems that are used for both mechanical and electrical operations. Such combined systems are referred to as electromechanical systems. Such systems are mainly used in automated manufacturing, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning in automobile and aircraft. Now comes the other associated field, i.e., Biomedical, which deals with the design of medical equipment.

Electrical Engineers

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Reputed Brands That Electrical Engineers Can Aim For

Getting a job offer for a desired position is something every professional looks forward to and so does an electrical engineer. Soon after he completes his graduation, he can look for a job in varied industries, electronics, telecommunication, power, energy, electromagnetism and many others. If you are confident enough to aim high and look for the jobs in reputed brands, you can surely aim to get in these companies.

  • Bajaj Electricals
  • Bharat Heavy Electricals
  • Crompton Greaves
  • Havells
  • NGEF
  • Suzlon Energy

Besides, some other reputed brands you would love to work for, as an electrical engineer are:

  • The Boeing Company
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)
  • Google
  • Apple
  • General Electric
  • Shell Oil Company
  • BMW Group

Many of you must be thinking that this list consists of all the leading brands that may not hire you so easily. But nothing in this world is impossible. If you have the right kind of skill set required for a job, you can have it.

India's Job Prediction 2015

As per a recent skills report by Wheebox has detailed the job prospects for various professionals according to the distribution of jobs throughout the country. As far as electrical engineering jobs are concerned, if you are looking for a job in the Power, Oil, Gas & Energy the Maharashtra, is the state with the maximum number of job openings.

The report has also mentions the percentage increase in hiring numbers, which are, as mentioned below:

Oil and Gas : 38.3%
Engineering & Automotive: 11 %
Manufacturing: 52%

As for the hiring trends for engineers, the hiring numbers reflect a rise in the demand for engineers by 28.89%, as compared to that of 2014, which was 27.67%.

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