In the Air Force:
Aerospace Ground Equipment; Aerospace Ground Equipment Journeyman; Airborne Mission Systems Operator Helper; Airlift/Special Mission Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice; Airlift/Special Mission Aircraft Maintenance Craftsman; Airlift/Special Mission Aircraft Maintenance Helper, C-20/C-21/C-22/C-37/C-40/E-4/VC-25; Airlift/Special Mission Aircraft Maintenance Journeyman, C-5; Missile And Space Facilities; Missile And Space Systems Electronic Maintenance; Missile And Space Systems Electronic Maintenance Craftsman
In the Army:
Command and Control Systems Integrator; Electronic Warfare Specialist; Electronic Warfare Technician; Microwave Systems Operator-Maintainer; Satellite Communications Systems Operator-Maintainer; Small Arms/Towed Artillery Repairer
Anyone who's ever experienced a major power outage appreciates just how crucial electricity is to our everyday lives. Lights…motors…and countless other devices need electricity to operate. That's where Electrical Engineers come in. Besides designing and testing electrical equipment…they oversee its manufacture, installation and maintenance. In addition, these engineers also work on complex electrical systems…called grids…that provide power for entire areas of the country. The work is intricate and demands great attention to detail. You must be able to follow technical manuals and diagrams. Knowledge of computers and electronics is essential. So is an aptitude for problem solving. Since it usually takes a team to get a job done, being comfortable working with others is a valued attribute. These engineers must fully understand government guidelines, as well as with construction requirements. Handling electricity can be dangerous, and safety equipment is often required Most electrical engineers studied math and science in college, graduating with at least a bachelor's degree. The work tends to follow a regular 40 hour schedule…and is usually indoors. If you want a career that truly has the power to impact people's lives, consider becoming an electrical engineer.
What they do:
Research, design, develop, or test electronic components and systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use employing knowledge of electronic theory and materials properties. Design electronic circuits and components for use in fields such as telecommunications, aerospace guidance and propulsion control, acoustics, or instruments and controls.
On the job, you would:
Determine project material or equipment needs.
Prepare engineering sketches or specifications for construction, relocation, or installation of equipment, facilities, products, or systems.
Prepare documentation containing information such as confidential descriptions or specifications of proprietary hardware or software, product development or introduction schedules, product costs, or information about product performance weaknesses.
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
reading work related information
thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
communicate by speaking
listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
notice when problems happen
choose the right type of math to solve a problem
add, subtract, multiply, or divide
pay attention to something without being distracted
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:
Computer aided design CAD software
Dassault Systemes CATIA
Development environment software
National Instruments LabVIEW
Object or component oriented development software
bachelor's degree or certificate after high school usually needed
Get started on your career:
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