CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Electrical and Electronic Engineers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Electrical and Electronic Engineers
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Research, design, develop, test, or supervise the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment, components, or systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use. Confer with engineers, customers, and others to discuss existing or potential engineering projects and products.
 
Design, implement, maintain, and improve electrical instruments, equipment, facilities, components, products, and systems for commercial, industrial, and domestic purposes.
 
Operate computer-assisted engineering and design software and equipment to perform engineering tasks.
 
Direct and coordinate manufacturing, construction, installation, maintenance, support, documentation, and testing activities to ensure compliance with specifications, codes, and customer requirements.
 
Perform detailed calculations to compute and establish manufacturing, construction, and installation standards and specifications.
 
Inspect completed installations and observe operations to ensure conformance to design and equipment specifications and compliance with operational and safety standards.
 
Plan and implement research methodology and procedures to apply principles of electrical theory to engineering projects.
 
Prepare specifications for purchase of materials and equipment.
 
Supervise and train project team members as necessary.
 
Investigate and test vendors' and competitors' products.
 
Oversee project production efforts to assure projects are completed satisfactorily, on time and within budget.
 
Prepare and study technical drawings, specifications of electrical systems, and topographical maps to ensure that installation and operations conform to standards and customer requirements.
 
Investigate customer or public complaints, determine nature and extent of problem, and recommend remedial measures.
 
Plan layout of electric power generating plants and distribution lines and stations.
 
Assist in developing capital project programs for new equipment and major repairs.
 
Develop budgets, estimating labor, material, and construction costs.
 
Compile data and write reports regarding existing and potential engineering studies and projects.
 
Collect data relating to commercial and residential development, population, and power system interconnection to determine operating efficiency of electrical systems.
 
Conduct field surveys and study maps, graphs, diagrams, and other data to identify and correct power system problems.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Electrical and Electronic Engineers
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
 
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Electrical and Electronic Engineers
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Electrical and Electronic Engineers
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Electrical and Electronic Engineers
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
APLAC Solutions Corporation software Analytical or scientific software
 
ATD protocol WAN switching software and firmware
 
Ada Development environment software
 
Advanced boolean expression language ABEL Development environment software
 
Agilent Advanced Design System ADS software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Altera hardware description language AHDL Development environment software
 
Autodesk AutoCAD software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Automated material handling software Analytical or scientific software
 
Availability prediction modeling software Analytical or scientific software
 
C Development environment software
 
C++ Object or component oriented development software
 
Cadence Allegro Design Entry software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Cadence Encounter Test Computer aided design CAD software
 
Chip design software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Circuit simulation software Analytical or scientific software
 
Computer aided design CAD software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Debugging software Program testing software
 
Defect tracking software Program testing software
 
Digital timing diagram editing software Analytical or scientific software
 
Dynamic object-oriented requirements system DOORS Analytical or scientific software
 
Eclipse IDE software Development environment software
 
Electromagnetic analysis software Analytical or scientific software
 
Electronic design automation EDA software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Electronic engineering calculator Analytical or scientific software
 
Embedded systems testing software Analytical or scientific software
 
Failure mode and effects analysis FMEA software Analytical or scientific software
 
Failure mode effects and criticality analysis FMECA software Analytical or scientific software
 
Failure reporting analysis and corrective action FRACAS software Analytical or scientific software
 
Fault modeling software Analytical or scientific software
 
Fault tree analysis FTA software Analytical or scientific software
 
Field programmable gate array FPGA design software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Finite difference time domain FDTD software Analytical or scientific software
 
Finite element method FEM software Analytical or scientific software
 
Floor planning software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Functional verification software Analytical or scientific software
 
Hardware description language HDL Development environment software
 
Hewlett-Packard HP Semiconductor Parameter Analyzer Analytical or scientific software
 
Isograph Markov Analytical or scientific software
 
JHDL Object or component oriented development software
 
Life cycle cost software Analytical or scientific software
 
Logic synthesis software Analytical or scientific software
 
MAGIC layout editor Computer aided design CAD software
 
Matrix calculation software Analytical or scientific software
 
Mean time between failures MBTF software Analytical or scientific software
 
Mean time to failure MTTF software Analytical or scientific software
 
Mento Graphics software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Mentor Graphics ModelSim Analytical or scientific software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
 
Microsoft Project Project management software
 
Microsoft Visual Basic Development environment software
 
Microsoft Visual Studio Development environment software
 
Microsoft Windows Server Operating system software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
Microwave circuit simulation software Analytical or scientific software
 
National Instruments LabVIEW Development environment software
 
Optimization software Analytical or scientific software
 
OrCAD Capture Computer aided design CAD software
 
Physical design software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Power analysis software Analytical or scientific software
 
Powersim PSIM Analytical or scientific software
 
Practical extraction and reporting language Perl Object or component oriented development software
 
Printed circuit board design software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Programmed logic controller PLC code generation software Development environment software
 
Python Object or component oriented development software
 
Rapid prototyping software Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
ReliaSoft Weibull++ 6 Analytical or scientific software
 
Reliability analysis software Analytical or scientific software
 
Requirements management software Requirements analysis and system architecture software
 
Schematic design entry software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Signal integrity simulation software Analytical or scientific software
 
Simulation program with integrated circuit emphasis SPICE Analytical or scientific software
 
Sun Microsystems Java Object or component oriented development software
 
Synopsis Design Compiler Analytical or scientific software
 
Synopsys PrimeTime Analytical or scientific software
 
Systems analysis programs for hands on integrated reliability evaluation software SAPHIRE Analytical or scientific software
 
Tektronix EZ-TEST Analytical or scientific software
 
Test automation software Analytical or scientific software
 
The MathWorks MATLAB Analytical or scientific software
 
The MathWorks Simulink Analytical or scientific software
 
Time and motion analysis software Analytical or scientific software
 
UNIX Operating system software
 
VHSIC hardware description language VHDL Development environment software
 
Verilog Development environment software
 
ViewLogic software Computer aided design CAD software
 
X.25 Protocol WAN switching software and firmware
 
Accelerometers Accelerometers
 
Annealing furnaces Laboratory safety furnaces
 
Atomic force microscopes Scanning probe microscopes
 
Auger electron spectrometers Spectrometers
 
Computer servers Computer servers
 
Cylindrical corona testers Corona treaters
 
Diffractometers Diffractometers
 
Diffusion furnaces Laboratory safety furnaces
 
Digital oscilloscopes Oscilloscopes
 
Digital video cameras Digital camcorders or video cameras
 
Digital voltmeters DVM Voltage or current meters
 
Doping tubes Tube furnaces
 
Electrical flow meters Flow sensors
 
Electrochemical CV dopant profilers Spectrometers
 
Electron beam evaporators Laboratory evaporators
 
Ellipsometers Thickness measuring devices
 
Filament evaporators Laboratory evaporators
 
Fog chambers Semiconductor process systems
 
Frequency counters Frequency counters or timer or dividers
 
Frequency drives Frequency calibrator or simulator
 
Glove box systems Isolation glove boxes
 
Imaging spectrographs Spectrographs
 
Inductance capacitance resistance LCR meters Electrical inductance sensors
 
Laptop computers Notebook computers
 
Laser printers Laser printers
 
Laser ranging systems Laser measuring systems
 
Linearization testbeds Semiconductor process systems
 
Low pressure chemical vapor deposition LPCVD systems Laboratory evaporators
 
Metal evaporation systems Laboratory evaporators
 
Microbalances Laboratory balances
 
Microwave automatic load-pull tuners Microwave core equipment
 
Microwave power meters Power meters
 
Mixed signal oscilloscopes Oscilloscopes
 
Molecular beam epitaxy MBE systems Semiconductor process systems
 
Multimeters Multimeters
 
Network analyzers Network analyzers
 
Noise figure meters Electrical frequency meters
 
Oxidation furnaces Laboratory safety furnaces
 
Oxidation tubes Tube furnaces
 
Parameter analyzers Electronic measuring probes
 
Pattern generator systems Transistor transistor logic TTL
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Photolithography equipment Computed tomography CT or CAT radiotherapy simulators
 
Photoluminescence spectrometers Spectrometers
 
Plasma ashers Semiconductor process systems
 
Plasma reactors Reactors
 
Plotters Plotter printers
 
Profilometers Surface testers
 
Programmable function generators Signal generators
 
Pulse generators Level generators
 
Pulsed current-voltage IV analyzer Voltage or current meters
 
Pyrometers Pyrometers
 
Rapid thermal annealers RTA Temperature cycling chambers or thermal cyclers
 
Reactive ion etch systems Ion implantation equipment
 
Sampling oscilloscopes Oscilloscopes
 
Scanning electron microscopes SEM Scanning electron microscopes
 
Scanning tunneling microscopes STM Scanning probe microscopes
 
Secondary ion mass spectrometers SIMS Spectrometers
 
Signal analyzers Frequency calibrator or simulator
 
Signal generators Signal generators
 
Spectrometers Spectrometers
 
Spectrum analyzers Frequency analyzers
 
Spin-coaters Semiconductor process systems
 
Spinners Magnetic spin bars or stir bars or stirring beads
 
Sweep oscillators Oscillographs
 
Synthesized continuous wave CW generators Signal generators
 
Thermocouples Thermocouples
 
Tube etchers Semiconductor process systems
 
Tube furnaces Tube furnaces
 
Universal microwave transistor test fixtures Transistor circuit testers
 
Vacuum chambers Semiconductor process systems
 
Vacuum system/thermal evaporators Laboratory evaporators
 
Vector signal generators Signal generators
 
Vertical furnaces Tube furnaces
 
Wafer steppers Semiconductor process systems
 
Wet chemical clean benches Semiconductor process systems
 
Wire bonders Semiconductor process systems
 
X ray guns X ray generators
 
X ray photoemission spectrometers Spectrometers
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Electrical and Electronic Engineers
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
 
Related Work Experience Over 4 years, up to and including 6 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Electrical and Electronic Engineers
 
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Automation Engineer
Broadcast Engineer
Cable Engineer
Circuits Engineer
Controls Engineer
Distribution Engineer
Distribution Field Engineer
District Plant Engineer
Division Engineer
Division Plant Engineer
Electrical Controls Engineer
Electrical Design Engineer
Electrical Designer
Electrical Electronics Engineer
Electrical Engineer
Electrical Integrator
Electrical Products Engineer
Electrical Project Engineer
Electrical Prospecting Engineer
Electrical Research Engineer
Electrical Systems Design Engineer
Electrical Systems Engineer
Electrical Technical Specialist
Electrical Test Engineer
Electrical and Instrument Maintenance Supervisor (E and I Maintenance Supervisor)
Electrolysis Engineer
Electrolysis Investigator
Electrolysis and Corrosion Control Engineer
Engineer of System Development
Facilities Engineer
Failure Analysis Technician
Geothermal Electrical Engineer
Hardware Design Engineer
Hardware Engineer
Hydroelectric Plant Electrical Engineer
Illuminating Engineer
Induction Coordination Engineer
Induction Coordination Power Engineer
Laser Engineer
Lighting Engineer
Line Construction Engineer
Maintenance Engineer
Manufacturing Controls Engineer
Manufacturing Engineer
Meter Engineer
Microwave Supervisor
Outside Plant Engineer
Photovoltaic Power Systems Engineer (PV Power Systems Engineer)
Photovoltaic Solar Cell Designer (PV Solar Cell Designer)
Plant Engineer
Power Distribution Engineer
Power Generation Engineer
Power System Electrical Engineer
Power Transmission Engineer
Project Engineer
Protection Engineer
Radio Frequency Engineer (RF Engineer)
Relay Engineer
Research and Development Electrical Engineer
Results Engineer
Rural Electrification Engineer
Service Engineer
Smart Grid Engineer
Software Engineer
Solar Designer
Solar Energy Engineer
Solar Energy Systems Designer
Solar Engineer
Substations Electrical Engineer
Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)
Telecommunication Engineer
Telephone Engineer
Test Engineer
Testing Engineer
Traffic Engineer
Traffic Routing Engineer
Transmission Engineer
Utility Engineer
Wind Farm Electrical Systems Designer
Wind Turbine Electrical Engineer
Wire Communications Engineer
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Electrical and Electronic Engineers
 
 
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