Electrical Engineer

Salary/Compensation

Locally, the monthly basic salary of an electrical engineer may range from P16,000 to P35,000 depending on the industry he is employed. Abroad, electrical engineers receive a monthly salary of $4,700 to $6,700.

Basic Educational Requirement

A five-year bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering is the minimum academic requirement. The practice of profession requires a license from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

Cost of Education *

In a public university, a course in Electrical Engineering is approximately P3,500 per semester or a total of P35,000 for the entire five year course. In a private institution, the total cost may range between P300,000 in less expensive schools to P490,000 plus, in the more expensive schools.

Employment Opportunities

Electrical Engineers may be found in the lab environment of a fabrication plant, the offices of a consulting firm or on site at a mine. During their career as an electrical engineer, they may find themselves supervising a wide range of individuals including scientists, electricians, computer programmers and other engineers. 
Electrical Engineers may be employed in the following industries:Mining and Quarrying; Manufacturing; Electricity, Gas and Water Supply; Construction; Wholesale and Retail Trade, Repair of Motor Vehicles, Motorcycles and Personal and Household Goods; and Transport, Storage and Communication.

Prospects for Career Advancement

An Electrical Engineer who has undergone apprenticeship training through different activities in a power company have the opportunity to assume a supervisory or managerial position. Those who don't have the inclination to be managers follow a parallel career by becoming experts or specialists in the long run. This group is given specialized assignments and become staff engineers or corporate specialist.

Nature of Work

An Electrical Engineer designs, develops, tests and supervises the manufacture of electrical equipment. This includes power generating and transmission equipment used by electric utilities and electric motors, machinery controls and lighting and wiring in buildings, automobiles and aircraft. He/she also designs and participates in the operation of utilities for generating and distributing electric power. He/She is in charge of preparing cost estimates of activities involved in the construction and installation of power generation and transmission/transformation projects. Areas of specialization are power distribution equipment, electronics, integrated circuits, construction, electrical equipment and communications manufacturing.

Tasks

  • Designs electrical instruments, equipment, facilities, components, products, and systems for commercial, industrial, and domestic purposes;
  • Prepares and studies technical drawings, specifications of electrical systems and topographical maps to ensure that installation and operations conform to standards and customer requirements;
  • Directs operations and coordinates manufacturing, construction, installation, maintenance, and testing activities to ensure compliance with specifications, codes, and customer requirements;
  • Conducts field surveys;
  • Confers with engineers, customers, and others to discuss existing or potential engineering projects and products;
  • Evaluates and analyzes data regarding electric power systems and stations and recommend changes to improve operating efficiency;
  • Inspects completed installations and observed operations for conformance to design and equipment specification and operational and safety standards;
  • Operates computer-assisted engineering design software and equipment to perform engineering tasks;
  • Compiles data and writes reports regarding existing and potential engineering studies and projects;
  • Estimates labor, material, and construction cost and prepares specifications for purchase of material; and
  • Plans layout of electric power generating plants, distribution line and stations.

Skills and Competencies

  • Strong numerical skills;
  • Reading and oral comprehension;
  • Understand technical language and concepts; and
  • Computer literate.

Physical Attributes and Characteristics

  • Creative;
  • Flexible;
  • Curious; and
  • Detail-oriented.

* Based on tuition fee rates for school year 2010-2011.