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 after school 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’ Engineering AcademyRobotics & Automation, Electrical Occupations or a similar program.

Take advanced math and science classes at your school: Physics, Chemistry, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, etc.

Apply to join advanced curriculum programs, such as Sci-Ma-Tech at Traverse City Central and West High Schools.

Ask your high school counselor about dual enrollment at NMC.

Pathway 2

NMC's Engineering program articulates to 7 Michigan Technological University (MTU) engineering programs. In the 2+2 Program, NMC Engineering students can transfer to Michigan Tech as a junior, saving you a lot of time and money! You will graduate with both an Associate's degree from NMC and a Bachelor's degree from MTU.

Pathway 3

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

Electrical Engineering 
— Michigan Tech University (MTU)

Consider post-graduate education to advance your career.


Sample Employers in Our Region

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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

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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.