The role of an electrical engineer

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Electrical engineers work on systems for the generation, distribution, utilisation and control of electric power with equipment ranging from heavy power generators to tiny computer chips.

Electrical engineers design, develop and supervise the manufacture, installation, operation and maintenance of electrical systems.

They also work on electronic systems used for computing, communications and other industrial applications.

Electrical engineers in the minerals and energy industry may perform the following tasks:

  • Plan and supervise power generating equipment;
  • Supervise construction plans and specifications;
  • Supervise operating and maintenance staff;
  • Assist in the design and drawing of complex electrical systems;
  • Decide on the type and arrangement of circuits, transformers;
  • Make or improve electrical products such as motors, equipment, and
  • Write and interpret specifications and regulations about electric power equipment and its use.

Electrical engineers design, develop and supervise the manufacture, installation, operation and maintenance of electrical systems.

Entry to these occupations is generally through a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) degree or higher qualification.

You'll need the following skills:

  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Communication - both written and verbal
  • Listening
  • Active learning
  • Ability to assess performance
  • Time management
  • Troubleshooting
  • Systems evaluations and analysis
  • Technology design
  • Equipment selection
  • Mathematics to solve problems

In South Africa a qualified electrical engineer can expect to earn anything between R480 - 680k per annum depending on experience, location and speciality. 

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Nic Sephton-Poultney, Country Manager (South Africa)
nic.sephton-poultney@robertwalters.com
+27 (0) 11 881 2414

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