Research, design, develop, test, or supervise the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment, components, or systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use. Electrical engineers can work in a variety of environments, including workshops, offices, and sometimes outside to test how well their designs work, while keeping people safe.

Make a Difference

A Typical Day

  • Operate computer-assisted engineering or design software or equipment to perform engineering tasks.
  • Prepare technical drawings, specifications of electrical systems, or topographical maps to ensure that installation and operations conform to standards and customer requirements.
  • Confer with engineers, customers, or others to discuss existing or potential engineering projects or products.
  • Design, implement, maintain, or improve electrical instruments, equipment, facilities, components, products, or systems for commercial, industrial, or domestic purposes.
 

Recommended Credentials

Bachelor’s Degree

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.

 

Northwest Lower Michigan

 

Get started with classes at Northwestern Michigan College. 

Take engineering classes before you transfer.

Complete your general education requirements at Northwestern Michigan College before you transfer to a 4-year school.

Transfer Guide from NMC to MTU.

Elsewhere in Michigan

 

Electrical Engineering
— University of Michigan
Electrical Engineering 
— Michigan Tech University (MTU)
Electrical Engineering
— Kettering University

Explore This Career

Try it before you buy it!

See if your school has a robotics or an engineering team. Join an afterschool program.

Look at one of the educational programs available in the local advantage pathway.

The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

Check out Northwest Education Services’ Construction TradesEngineering AcademyElectrical Occupations or a similar program elsewhere to start your education on the right foot!

Apply to join advanced curriculum programs:

Ask your high school counselor about dual enrollment at NMC.

Pathway 2

Attend a 2-year program at a community college to fulfill your general degree requirements like NMC's Engineering program.

Pathway 3

Complete your undergraduate degree. Transfer from NMC to a 4-year university.

Electrical Engineering
— Michigan State University

Consider post-graduate education to advance your career.

 

Sample Employers in Our Region

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TIP

Contact one of these companies and ask for an informational interview, to see if you can job shadow, or to find out if they hire interns.

 

Sample Job Titles...

  • Materials processing managers
  • Project managers
  • Robotics engineers
  • System developers
  • Biomedical engineers
  • Design Engineer
  • Project Engineer
 

Hear It From The Pros

10-Year Job Growth Projections

0%
10-County Region
2%
Michigan
5%
U.S.

Employed Regionally

130
In 2021 (10-County Region)

Wage Range & Median 10-County Region

$62,460
$79,890 
$130,280

Annual Hires Regionally

10
In 2021

Other Regional Career Resources

Sample Career Pathways

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Diagram of Paths To and From Other Careers for Electrical Engineer

Real World Career Pathways

It doesn't have to be a straight shot! Hear from people who have taken unique pathways.