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Electrical Engineer

Also called: Design Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Project Engineer, Test Engineer

Electrical engineering is an engineering discipline concerned with the study, design and application of equipment, devices and systems which use electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism.

Median Salary in St. Louis


Employment Projection in St. Louis

2016 Employment: 1,875

2026 Projected Employment: 1,890

Electrical Engineer Facts

Roles & Responsibilities

What they do: Research, design, develop, test, or supervise the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment, components, or systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use.

On the job you would:

  • Operate computer-assisted engineering or design software or equipment to perform engineering tasks.
  • Prepare technical drawings, specifications of electrical systems, or topographical maps to ensure that installation and operations conform to standards and customer requirements.
  • Confer with engineers, customers, or others to discuss existing or potential engineering projects or products.
Skills Needed on the Job

Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.

Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

Education Requirements
  • ABET accredited degree (Bachelor of Science in engineering) or one that is equivalent to an ABET accredited program (this will be decided upon an approved NCEES credential evaluation report).
  • If you earned your degree from a non-ABET accredited program/school, you will need to obtain a Master’s degree in engineering from a school that is ABET accredited.
  • All foreign-educated applicants holding a bachelor of science in engineering degree not accredited by ABET are required to submit a favorable evaluation report completed by NCEES Credential Evaluations.
Licensure Requirements
  • Passing the FE exam (administered by NCEES)
  • Examinees usually have to be approved by the Missouri State Licensing Board before you can sit for an NCEES exam
ABET Approved Programs
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