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Electrical Engineers - 17-2071.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Circuits Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Electrical Controls Engineer
  • Electrical Design Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electrical Project Engineer
  • Instrumentation and Electrical Reliability Engineer (I&E Reliability Engineer)
  • Power Systems Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Test Engineer

SOC Occupation Groups

17-0000 Architecture and Engineering Occupations
17-2000 Engineers
17-2070 Electrical and Electronics Engineers
17-2071.00 Electrical Engineers

Related Occupations


  • Assist in developing capital project programs for new equipment or major repairs.
  • Collect data relating to commercial or residential development, population, or power system interconnection to determine operating efficiency of electrical systems.
  • Compile data and write reports regarding existing or potential electrical engineering studies or projects.
  • Conduct field surveys or study maps, graphs, diagrams, or other data to identify and correct power system problems.
  • Confer with engineers, customers, or others to discuss existing or potential engineering projects or products.
  • Design electrical systems or components that minimize electric energy requirements, such as lighting systems designed to account for natural lighting.
  • Design, implement, maintain, or improve electrical instruments, equipment, facilities, components, products, or systems for commercial, industrial, or domestic purposes.
  • Develop budgets, estimating labor, material, and construction costs.
  • Develop systems that produce electricity using renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar, or biofuels.
  • Direct or coordinate manufacturing, construction, installation, maintenance, support, documentation, or testing activities to ensure compliance with specifications, codes, or customer requirements.
  • Inspect completed installations and observe operations to ensure conformance to design and equipment specifications and compliance with operational and safety standards.
  • Integrate electrical systems with renewable energy systems to improve overall efficiency.
  • Investigate customer or public complaints, determine nature and extent of problem, and recommend remedial measures.
  • Investigate or test vendors' or competitors' products.
  • Operate computer-assisted engineering or design software or equipment to perform engineering tasks.
  • Oversee project production efforts to assure projects are completed on time and within budget.
  • Perform detailed calculations to compute and establish manufacturing, construction, or installation standards or specifications.
  • Plan layout of electric power generating plants or distribution lines or stations.
  • Plan or implement research methodology or procedures to apply principles of electrical theory to engineering projects.
  • Prepare specifications for purchases of materials or equipment.
  • Prepare technical drawings, specifications of electrical systems, or topographical maps to ensure that installation and operations conform to standards and customer requirements.
  • Supervise or train project team members as necessary.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Confer with technical personnel to prepare designs or operational plans.
  • Create electrical schematics.
  • Design alternative energy systems.
  • Design electrical equipment or systems.
  • Design energy production or management equipment or systems.
  • Design energy-efficient equipment or systems.
  • Design structures or facilities.
  • Devise research or testing protocols.
  • Direct construction activities.
  • Direct equipment maintenance or repair activities.
  • Direct industrial production activities.
  • Direct installation activities.
  • Discuss designs or plans with clients.
  • Estimate operational costs.
  • Estimate technical or resource requirements for development or production projects.
  • Inspect operational processes.
  • Investigate system, equipment, or product failures.
  • Maintain electronic equipment.
  • Operate computer systems.
  • Prepare operational reports.
  • Prepare project budgets.
  • Supervise engineering or other technical personnel.
  • Survey land or bodies of water to measure or determine features.
  • Test products for functionality or quality.
  • Train personnel on proper operational procedures.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Aeronautical Engineering Officer, Aircraft Mechanical, Electronic, Electrical and Safety Equipment (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Aircraft Armament Development Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Aircraft Electronics Director (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Aviation Systems (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Civil Engineer, Electrical Engineer (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Communications Engineer (Marine Corps - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Developmental Engineer, Electrical/Electronic (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Electrical Engineering with Energy Focus (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Electronic Engineering Plans and Policies Director (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Electronic Equipment Military Characteristics Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Electronic Equipment Research Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Electronic Inspection and Survey Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Electronic Installation and Maintenance Planning Officer (Aviation) (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Electronic Installation and Maintenance Planning Officer (General) (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Electronics Engineer (Marine Corps - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Electronics Engineering Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Electronics Research Administrator (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Engineer Equipment Electrical Systems Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Information Systems Engineer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Interior Communications Electrician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Microwave Systems Operator-Maintainer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Prime Power Production Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • RL - Engineering Duty Officer - Ship Engineering (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • RL - Naval Reactors Engineer (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • RL - Special Duty - Merchant Marine, Engineering (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Technical Controller (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Technical Information Operations Officer (Marine Corps - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Technical Information Operations Officer (Marine Corps - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Technical Information Operations Officer (Marine Corps - Warrant Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Distribution-Field Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer, Power System
  • Electrical Test Engineer
  • Electrical-Design Engineer
  • Electrical-Prospecting Engineer
  • Electrical-Research Engineer
  • Electrolysis-and-Corrosion-Control Engineer
  • Engineer of System Development
  • Illuminating Engineer
  • Induction-Coordination Power Engineer
  • Power-Distribution Engineer
  • Power-Transmission Engineer
  • Protection Engineer