Electrical Design Engineer

Electrical design engineers design, develop, and test electrical devices, equipment, and systems. They commonly work for consultancy firms or research and development teams on a project-by-project basis from the initial concept (idea) stage, through to the design, construction and commissioning of electrical projects. Such projects may involve anything from handheld game devices to the electrical powerlines for energy companies, and the lighting systems in homes and office buildings.

Electrical design engineers often divide their time between the laboratory, the office and in the field implementing or testing electrical products. Typical duties may include:

  • Preparing project estimates and monitoring project budgets/resource consumption.
  • Communicating with clients to determine project needs and inform design specifications.
  • Using computer software packages to model project designs.
  • Diagnosing and addressing faults and providing technical support to project design team.
  • Conducting quality assurance assessments.
  • Keeping up to date with technological advances and new products.
  • Liaising with technical sales representatives.

Depending on the nature of the project, electrical design engineers may require specialist knowledge in one or more areas of electrical engineering, including signal communication, integrated circuits, robotics, power systems and computers. Positions in this area typically require an undergraduate bachelor's degree in electrical, mechatronics, computer or software engineering, in addition to five or more years of relevant experience with electrical systems. Graduates seeking employment in electrical design may benefit from postgraduate research/coursework qualifications.