In the Air Force:
Cable and Antenna Systems; Civil Engineer; Civil Engineer, C2ISREW; Civil Engineer, Fighter; Civil Engineer, Mechanical Engineer; Civil Engineer, Trainer; Developmental Engineer, Astronautical; Developmental Engineer, Fighter; Developmental Engineer, Project; Developmental Engineer, Trainer; Electrical Power Production Journeyman
In the Army:
Army Astronaut; Construction Engineering Technician; Marine Engineering Officer; Prime Power Production Specialist; Space Operations; Systems Automation Acquisition and Engineering
In the Marine Corps:
Air Traffic Control Systems Officer; Electronics Engineer; Engineer Equipment Electrical Systems Technician; Ordnance Systems Engineer; Tactical Data Systems Officer; Technical Information Operations Officer
In the Navy:
Aeronautical Engineering Officer, Aircraft Mechanical, Electronic, Electrical and Safety Equipment; Aviation Systems; Electronic Equipment Installation, Maintenance and Repair Officer; Electronic Inspection and Survey Officer; Electronics Engineering Officer; RL - Naval Reactors Engineer; Ship's Electronic Material Officer; Weapons Design Officer; Weapons Military Characteristics Officer; Weapons Systems Inspection and Survey Officer
Anyone who’s ever experienced a major power outage appreciates just how crucial electricity is to our everyday lives. In our homes and cities…. electricity even powers the devices in our pockets. That’s where electronics and electrical engineers come in. Electronics engineers design and test electronic devices… from portable music players to global positioning systems, and computer hardware. They oversee device production, and may install and maintain it as well. They test satellites, flight systems, and broadcast equipment. Electrical engineers maintain the power grids that provide power for the country. They also develop and install electrical equipment, such as motors, navigation systems, and power generation equipment. Additionally they ensure vehicle electrical systems operate effectively. The work is intricate and demands great attention to detail and problem-solving ability. They must be able to interpret technical manuals and understand government guidelines. Handling electricity can be dangerous, although following safety regulations prevents most accidents. These engineers almost always work on teams, so communication skills are essential, especially when talking to people unfamiliar with the field. Electrical and electronics engineers must have a bachelor’s degree in the field. The Professional Engineer license or graduate education can improve a candidate’s employment prospects. If you’re looking for an empowering career… electrical or electronic engineering just might be… a bright idea.
What they do:
Research, design, develop, test, or supervise the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment, components, or systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use.
On the job, you would:
Operate computer-assisted engineering or design software or equipment to perform engineering tasks.
Prepare technical drawings, specifications of electrical systems, or topographical maps to ensure that installation and operations conform to standards and customer requirements.
Confer with engineers, customers, or others to discuss existing or potential engineering projects or products.
Engineering and Technology
product and service development
computers and electronics
Math and Science
arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Arts and Humanities
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
manufacture and distribution of products
listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
reading work related information
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it
figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
listen and understand what people say
read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
notice when problems happen
use rules to solve problems
add, subtract, multiply, or divide
choose the right type of math to solve a problem
People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
Analytical or scientific software
The MathWorks MATLAB
Word processing software
Computer aided design CAD software
Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D
bachelor's degree or master's degree usually needed
Get started on your career:
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