Electrical Engineer Mataaro Pūhiko

Electrical engineers specify, design and supervise the construction or manufacture of systems and equipment that produce, distribute and/or use electricity. They also maintain, operate and manage these systems and equipment.

Electrical engineers may do some or all of the following:

  • develop, design or update specifications and designs for electrical systems and equipment
  • design methods to generate, distribute and manage electricity
  • design automated and computerised methods to control electrical processes
  • calculate the cost of projects, and materials needed
  • write reports and develop instruction manuals for installing new electricity systems and equipment
  • supervise the installation and maintenance of systems and equipment
  • oversee electricity system tests and correct any faults.

Physical Requirements

Electrical engineers must have normal colour vision, as electrical components are often colour-coded.

Useful Experience

Useful experience includes work as:

  • an electrician
  • a mechanic
  • an electrical engineering technician.

Personal Qualities

Electrical engineers need to be:

  • accurate
  • safety-conscious
  • good at maths
  • adaptable
  • practical and able to do hands-on work if required
  • able to work well as part of a team
  • good project managers.

Useful Experience

Useful experience includes work as:

  • an electrician
  • a mechanic
  • an electrical engineering technician.

Subject Recommendations

To enter tertiary training, a university entrance qualification (NCEA Level 3) is usually required. Useful subjects include maths with calculus, technology, physics and chemistry.

 

Electrical Engineers can earn around $40K-$60K per year per year.

Chances of getting a job as a Electrical Engineer are good due to a shortage of people interested in this type of work.

Electrical engineers may move into management or project management positions. They may also become consultants at engineering consulting firms, or set up their own consultancies.

Electrical Engineer