Electrical Engineer Mataaro Pūhiko

Electrical engineers design, construct and manufacture electrical systems. They also maintain, operate and manage these systems.

Professional engineers who have five to eight years of experience can apply to Engineering New Zealand to become a chartered professional engineer (CPEng).

Electrical engineers may do some or all of the following:

  • develop, design or update engineering plans
  • design ways 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 electrical systems and equipment
  • oversee electricity system tests and correct any faults.

Physical Requirements

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

They also need to be reasonably fit as they may have to walk long distances to work sites, and carry equipment.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for electrical engineers includes work as:

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

Personal Qualities

Electrical engineers need to be:

  • accurate and organised
  • safety-conscious
  • good at maths
  • adaptable
  • practical
  • able to work well in a team.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for electrical engineers includes work as:

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

Subject Recommendations

NCEA Level 3 is required to enter tertiary training. Useful subjects include maths with calculus, physics, construction and mechanical technologies, and processing technologies.

Electrical Engineers can earn around $50K-$70K 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 progress to work:

  • as managers
  • for engineering consulting firms
  • their own consultancies.
Electrical Engineer

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