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Electrical Engineer

Average Salary: $82,160

Electrical engineers design large and small systems that use electricity, ranging in size from power generators to semiconductors. Water supply systems and wastewater treatment systems rely on gravity systems, but also electricity. So the reliability of the water supply depends on the reliability of the electrical equipment. Electrical engineers:

  • design, test, and install electrical systems and electronic components, ranging from huge turbines to microcomputers;
  • design and develop remote sensing devices for detecting leaks and locating underground pipes and sources of water;
  • manage the electricity generated by hydropower, which is produced when water flows over a dam and turns electrical generators;
  • estimate the time and cost of engineering projects.

Education: Four- or five-year or graduate degree in electrical engineering
Certificates, licenses: Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.)
Entry-level opportunities: Yes, with above education
Desirable traits and skills: Strong in math and science, especially physics; analytical; abstract thinking ability

For more information:
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
1828 L St. NW., Suite 1202
Washington, DC 20036
http://www.ieee.org