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Electrical Engineer

Electrical engineers specify, design and supervise the construction or manufacture of systems and equipment that supply, generate or transmit electricity. They also maintain, operate and manage these systems and equipment.

Electrical engineers can choose to specialise in a specific electrical product or type of products such as motors, generators, writing or communications systems.

Before embarking on a project, electrical engineers first have to determine the intended purpose of the product. Once that is determined, they can begin to plan the circuitry and wiring of the electrical components. Electrical engineers can spend up to a year on a single project conducting extensive tests and making sure that it works as designed.

Electrical engineers may also be responsible to testing existing products that have malfunctioned or broken to determine what went wrong and whether any flaws can be fixed.