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Electrical Engineer

Industry: Energy
Area: Hydropower

Hydroelectricity is electricity obtained from hydropower. Most hydroelectric power comes from the potential energy of dammed water driving a water turbine and generator. Less common variations make use of water's kinetic energy or undammed sources such as tidal power. Hydroelectricity is a renewable energy source. Electrical Engineers plan, design, install and test electrical/electronic equipment, and oversee major maintenance activities and equipment installations at hydro electric plants. They may manage major projects including the review of electrical installation work to ensure projects are completed as planned and in accordance with design and specifications. They provide technical assistance for the operation and maintenance of the electrical/electronic features of dams, power plants, communication systems, and water control structures. They also prepare periodic and special reports in the development of plans and programs for budget purposes. Electrical Engineers work in many different settings, most often as a matter of choice and career planning. They differ in the type of workplace, the problems to be solved, and work schedule. Early- career engineers tend to spend more time doing testing lab and field work than their more experienced colleagues.


To become an electrical engineer, it is necessary to have at least a Bachelor's degree electrical engineering.

Job Outlook

Electrical Engineers should have good job opportunities, and employment is expected to increase about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2014. Job growth is expected to be fastest in service-providing industries--particularly consulting firms that provide expertise in electronics engineering.


Experienced Electrical Engineers can make between $50,000 and $80,000 per year depending on educational level and experience.

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