Electrical Engineers

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Electrical Engineers

Electrical Engineers design, develop and supervise the manufacture, installation, operation and maintenance of equipment, machines and systems for the generation, distribution, utilisation and control of electric power.

Fun facts

  • 2538 Weekly Pay Before Tax
  • 91% full-time Full-Time Share
  • 7% female Gender Share


There are many tasks done by electrical engineers. A few are listed below:

  • planning and designing power stations and power generation equipment
  • determining the type and arrangement of circuits, transformers, circuit-breakers, transmission lines and other equipment
  • developing products such as electric motors, components, equipment and appliances
  • interpreting specifications, drawings, standards and regulations relating to electric power equipment and use
  • organising and managing resources used in the supply of electrical components, machines, appliances and equipment
  • establishing delivery and installation schedules for machines, switchgear, cables and fittings
  • supervising the operation and maintenance of power stations, transmission and distribution systems and industrial plants
  • designing and installing control and signalling equipment for road, rail and air traffic
  • may specialise in research in areas such as power generation and transmission systems, transformers, switchgear and electric motors, telemetry and control systems

Specific occupations

  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electrical Design Engineer
  • Railway Signalling Engineer
  • Signalling and Communications Engineer

Women in STEM

Bronwyn Evans

"We have female engineers to thank for many of the world’s greatest innovations, yet they make up only 12 per cent of engineers employed in Australia. [Recognition can] … provide inspiration to others to break down barriers and excel in the engineering industry."

Bronwyn Evans


Florence Mckenzie

"To see every woman emancipated from the “heavy” work of the household by the aid of electricity is in itself a worthy object."

Florence McKenzie

Electrical engineer

Rachael Quirk

"The most rewarding part of my job is seeing my team excel and achieve and sometimes exceed our goals."

Rachael Quirk

Senior Engineering Officer 37 Squadron

Sonja Basson, Technical Director Renewables