|Position Title||Electrical Engineer|
|Alternate Title(s)||Electronics Engineer, Project Engineer, Power Systems, Transmission Engineer|
|Education & Training Level||Advanced, bachelor’s required, prefer graduate degree|
|Education & Training Level Description||Electrical engineers must have a bachelor’s degree. Employers also value practical experience, so graduates of cooperative engineering programs, in which students earn academic credit for structured work experience, are valuable as well.|
|Brief job description||Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacture of turbines' electrical components, including electric motors, machinery controls, lighting and wiring, generators, communications systems, and electricity transmission systems.|
|Preferred Level of Education||Graduate degree (Master’s in Engineering or BS in Engineering and Master’s in related field)|
|Preferred Level of Experience||See the Bureau of Labor Statistics for more information.|
|Estimated/Expected Salary||See the Bureau of Labor Statistics for more information.|
Electrical engineers apply their education and training in various ways throughout every sector of the wind industry.
A primary role for electrical engineers is to design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacturing of turbines’ electrical components, including electric motors, machinery controls, lighting and wiring, generators, communications systems, and electricity transmission systems. They are responsible for developing and implementing systems that use electricity to control turbine systems or signal processes.
Electrical engineers work on the complex electronic systems used to operate the turbine. Using SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition), they implement systems that operate the turbine(s) remotely and transfer data about the turbine for future analysis. They ensure that the power electronics and all turbine controls for safety, grid, and power production work properly.
Electrical engineers are the primary link between the transmission system operators and design teams in research & development. In this role, they are responsible for specifying electrical requirements for AC, DC, on-, and offshore grid interconnections for both firm requirements and forecasted evolution.
Electrical engineers may work for an organization as an electrical engineer or as another position such as Project Engineer, Power Systems or Transmission Engineer, or as a Sales Engineer. Electrical engineers may also work in Research fields, using their experience to research, develop, and evaluate electronic devices and systems or in Education and Training fields, conducting research and training students to enter the workforce.
In general, electrical engineers typically do the following: