Electrical designers plan, create test and supervise the development of electrical equipment. They work in all fields from consumer electronics to manufacturing to government and utility projects. Electrical designers need to be able to develop plans that adhere to client and employer specifications. They often work under tight deadlines so high-level problem-solving skills, autonomy, and a strong work ethic are required. Designers may work in an office environment, lab environment, or they may also travel to different field locations depending on the needs of the project.
Required Education and Experience
Requirements can vary vastly for electrical designers and those requirements often depend on the responsibilities associated with the role. Some design jobs are available with an associates or bachelor’s degree, and those jobs are often entry-level and highly supervised. More advanced or managerial positions typically require a master’s degree and certification from an accrediting body.
Many designers also choose to focus on a single discipline within electrical design. Industry knowledge is often very important when applying for jobs. Specializations are available in a variety of areas like telecommunications, computers, controls, electronics and microelectronics, and more.
The Indeed salary aggregator states that the current median salary for electrical designers is around $75,000 in the United States. Engineers should always remember that salaries can vary significantly from job to job based on factors like company size, geographic location, the experience of the engineer and the industry the company operates in.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), does not list electrical design as its discipline, but they are predicting job growth through 2028 at a rate of about 2% per year for the more broad field of electrical engineering.
Current Opportunity For Electrical Designers
Selectek is currently recruiting for an electrical designer for an electrical contractor in Omaha, Nebraska. The designer will be responsible for performing electrical design for power distribution, power generation, instrumentation, lighting and low voltage systems on commercial projects. Three-plus years of electrical design experience with Revit, BIM and/or Navisworks are required. Also required are proficiency with AutoCAD and/or AutoCAD MEP, a willingness and ability to travel to client site as-needed, and excellent written and verbal communication skills. Experience working for an electrical contractor is preferred, as is an associates degree or higher.
You can learn more about this opportunity and apply online here.
If you are an experienced electrical designer looking for exciting new career opportunities, we encourage you to reach out to the expert recruiters at Selectek. We are always seeking strong engineering talent for our clients. Contact us today to learn more about our process for helping you achieve your goals.