Sector: Manufacturing

Electrical Engineer

An electrical engineer career could be for you if…
Your skills include active listening, complex problem solving and critical thinking.
Your interests can be described as investigative and realistic.
Your values include achievement, working conditions and independence.

Career Overview

Electrical and electronics engineers are primarily concerned with how electricity is produced, transmitted and used. They design and test electrical and electronic equipment and systems. As an electrical engineer in a forest products mill, you will work closely with technical and operations personnel to monitor and optimize processes. You could also find yourself coordinating projects and trials to increase production, improve quality and reduce costs. You will also work to maximize mill uptime and the need for reliable power systems. Unexpected outages can create problematic amounts of waste, so you will work to prevent downtime so the mill can maintain production.

Other job titles include:
 circuits engineer, design engineer, electrical controls engineer, electrical design engineer, electrical engineer, electrical project engineer, instrumentation and electrical reliability engineer (I&E reliability engineer), power systems engineer, project engineer, test engineer

Education and Training

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.


National Average Annual Salary
$65,480.00 - $166,970.00
National Average Hourly Salary
$31.48 - $80.27
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