About the Career
An electrical engineer designs, tests and develops products and systems that are powered by electricity. In the aviation industry this can consist of all powered systems including avionics and flight control systems.
On the job you will:
- Design, develop, install, and maintain electronic equipment required for aerial navigation and communications between aircraft and ground services, and control of aircraft movements to assure safety in the air and smoothly flowing air traffic
- Work with radar, radio, computers, wire communications systems, and other electronic devices at airports and along the network of federal airways
- Perform preventive maintenance (inspection of equipment, meter reading replacement of deteriorating parts, adjustments) and corrective maintenance
- Troubleshoot, repair, and replace malfunctioning equipment
Education and Training
Electrical engineers must have a bachelor’s degree. Employers also value practical experience, so graduates of cooperative engineering programs, in which students earn academic credit for structured work experience, are valuable as well.
Information provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Descriptions are based on general guidelines and industry standards and job duties may vary by employer and specific industry. Labor projections utilize data for the North Central Texas region and may vary from national statistics.