What does an Electrical Designer do?

Electrical designers create and design electrical systems turning to their expertise on how electricity works to create wiring and power distribution diagrams that fit an individual project’s needs. They examine the electrical needs of new buildings to best supply it. Sometimes, they talk to makers of revamped appliances to determine how to get them to perform at capacity and electrically safe. Electrical designers collaborate with homeowners, architects, and construction firms, and manufacturers and ask them to design circuits and switchboards for their machinery and equipment.

Electrical designers assist power distribution, utility, and telecommunication companies with public grids and route wires. They use CAD software to draft what an electrical system looks like, and they make sure to include electrical specifications and detailed drawings. Electrical designers need an associate's degree or a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering with a concentration on math, physics, and science and specifics, including electrical circuits and digital electronics.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
28%
2 - 4
33%
5 - 7
17%
8+
22%

Electrical Designer Seniority Levels

Controls Engineer
8% made the transition
Research Engineer
8% made the transition
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Electrical Designer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$74,471 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$50K
Median: $74K
$110K
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