Electrical Engineering Technologists
Electrical engineering technologists work for industries such as aerospace, bioengineering, Information Technology, manufacturing, semiconductors, communications, and transportation and automotive. Technologists also work for government agencies and serve in the armed forces.
Many electrical engineering technologists participate in internship and training programs at companies while in school. Those who do well may receive a job offer. Ask your school's career services office for assistance searching for internship and job opportunities. Others find job listings by contacting companies and government agencies directly. Professional associations, online employment sites, and state employment agencies also provide career-development support and job postings. Additionally, technologists can find job referrals through social networking sites such as LinkedIn.
Electrical engineering technologists typically start as associate technologists, receiving on-the-job training. After one to two years in this role, they advance to become electrical engineering technologists. Those with five or more years of proven success in managing projects advance to senior-level positions, which often include overseeing the work of other technologists. Technologists also enhance their careers by going back to school for advanced degrees and getting certification.
Tips for Entry
Keep up with news and development in the electrical and electronics engineering field by reading industry publications. Find them through professional associations, such as the IEEE, https://www.ieee.org/content/ieee-org/en/publications.
Find job listings and learn more about the types of companies that hire electrical engineers and engineering technologists by visiting https://jobs.ieee.org.
Get certified in electrical engineering technology to enhance your skills and improve your job prospects. Find information at https://www.nicet.org.
Attend industry-related conferences and events to meet other electrical engineering professionals and find out more about this field. Find upcoming meetings, conferences, and events through the calendar sections of professional associations' Web sites, such as https://www.ieee.org/content/ieee-org/en/conferences.