In the Air Force:
Aerospace Ground Equipment; Aerospace Ground Equipment Superintendent; Airlift/Special Mission Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice, C-5; Airlift/Special Mission Aircraft Maintenance Helper, C-20/C-21/C-22/C-37/C-40/E-4/VC-25; Developmental Engineer; Developmental Engineer, Bomber; Developmental Engineer, General; Developmental Engineer, Systems/Industrial/Human Factors; Missile And Space Facilities Craftsman; Missile And Space Systems Electronic Maintenance Apprentice, ICBM; Missile And Space Systems Electronic Maintenance Journeyman
In the Army:
Command and Control Systems Integrator; Electronic Warfare Specialist; Electronic Warfare Technician; Microwave Systems Operator-Maintainer; Research and Engineering; Satellite Communications Systems Operator-Maintainer; Small Arms/Towed Artillery Repairer; Systems Automation Acquisition and Engineering; Systems Development; Test and Evaluation
In the Coast Guard:
Avionics Electrical Technician; Electronics Engineering; Electronics Technician; Gunner's Mate
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, 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 SOLIDWORKS
Development environment software
National Instruments LabVIEW
bachelor's degree or certificate after high school usually needed
Get started on your career:
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