In this age of new technology, the development of careers in engineering has never been stronger. The field of electrical engineering being particularly prevalent. There is often some confusion between electrical engineering and other jobs in the same sector, such as electronics engineering. So here is a run down of what the job of electrical engineer entails, and what is expected of you as a proponent of this branch of engineering.
In a nutshell, the main concerns of electrical engineers are the basic forms of energy on which our world relies on to perform. This could be gas, turbine, hydro, solar, wind, geothermal and, of course, electricity. Electrical engineers deal with the distribution of these energies from their sources into homes and work places. Electronics and IT are also covered in the remit that comes with being an electrical engineer. The diversity of the work goes some way to explaining its popularity as a career choice and why there are so many applications for places on the training courses.
Anytime you pick up a piece of modern technological gadgetry, for example a smartphone or laptop, and access the Internet, it is the work of the electrical engineer. They have looked beyond the hard wear and developed a better phone with a higher speed modem. While technology continues to develop, electrical engineers are at the very forefront of this growth and expansion, leading the way in creation and innovation.
If you have a solid educational background in physics and maths, then you have the grounding needed to embark on a career as an electrical engineer. The next step is a university degree in engineering, followed by the specialist training involved to become a fully accredited electrical engineer. This includes training modules and part p courses. Once you have achieved your full accreditations you can take your place in the ever evolving world of electrical engineering.
There's not a huge amount of restrictions against people who would like to move into engineering. In fact, there are not actually any formal entry requirements, should anyone wish to move into this field. Having said that, any potential City & Guilds 2392-10 candidate would need at least a rudimentary knowledge of electrical installation. By definition this is seen a year of experience in electrical installation and of course a good general knowledge of the basics of electrical circuitry.
A major development in the field has been the increase in women entering electrical engineering. In 2013 you will see more and more females attending the 17th Edition course as well as the various other aspects of training. Women have traditionally not been interested in engineering, even though any legal restrictions were removed a generation ago. However, potential female engineers may be unaware of the fact that they are eagerly sought after by the industry.
Gender no longer determines careers, and this couldn't be more true than in the engineering field. With both sexes bringing something different to the table, the engineering industry is all the better for it.