What does an Electrical Design Engineer 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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Electrical Design Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$92,613 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $93K
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Electrical Design Engineer Career Path

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AMA Consulting Engineers P.CAMA Consulting Engineers P.C
Electrical Designer
Feb 23, 2021

“Good teamwork and quality projects”

TMEIC International CorporationTMEIC International Corporation
Electrical Design Engineer
Oct 14, 2020

“good work and life balance”

Electrical Designer
Apr 19, 2021

“Pay is not fair for amount of work and responsibilities.”

Kiewit CorporationKiewit Corporation
Electrical Designer
May 28, 2020

“Everyone in my department was more than willing to help me in my young career.”

Electrical Permit Designer
Sep 18, 2019

“Management was understanding and accomodating of my student/employee schedule.”

Greatech Integration
Electrical Designer
Apr 29, 2021

“Good Salary and Bonus issue.”

Audubon EngineeringAudubon Engineering
Electrical Designer
Feb 9, 2021

“Hours are inconsistent and job is not secure.”

Electrical Design Engineer
Jun 29, 2020

“life balance is not so good”

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