The area of electricity is very wide, with several possibilities for action and several professionals. We have already spoken in other articles about several professionals in the world of electrical, such as, for example, the technician in electrical engineering, electromechanical technicians, among others. This time we will talk about the electrical engineer, explaining what the engineer does and what are the main areas of activity of an electrical engineer. Come on!
Electrical engineer or Electrical engineer?
Before we start talking about the electrical engineer, it is necessary to clarify a doubt about the term “electrical engineer”. This term “electrical engineer” is not wrong, but because of Confea’s resolution, professionals can choose to use the term electrical engineer in more formal environments, because this is the term printed on the professional card. On informal occasions both terms can be easily adopted, in addition, the term electrical engineer is commonly used by people who are not from the field.
The electrical engineer is part of the professionals responsible for bringing electrical energy to the entire population with safety and quality, where his activities also involve the manufacture of equipment and the development of electrical circuits for small components of the electronics industry.
To be considered an electrical engineer and to practice the profession, it is mandatory to have completed a higher education in Electrical Engineering recognized by the MEC and to obtain registration with the Regional Council of Engineering and Agronomy (CREA), otherwise, the person cannot perform the activities of an electrical engineer.
Electrical engineer, what do you do?
To better understand the profession of the electrical engineer, we will know a little more about the areas that the electrical engineer can work in and the respective activities developed in these areas, for example, in the areas of civil construction, energy supply, telecommunications, electronics and automation, both industrial and residential.
Undoubtedly the job of the electrical engineer is fundamental, as part of his job is to plan the distribution of energy and make sure that energy reaches each consumer in the best possible and safe way.
Practice areas: Civil construction
Many electrical engineers are hired in the field of civil construction with the purpose of designing electrical circuits, and defining the materials necessary for the execution of the electrical part of the building.
Electrical engineers are professionals responsible for carrying out projects for commercial, residential, public and industrial complex electrical systems. It is important to note that the electrical engineer does not only work on construction projects, he also does the planning of renovations and maintenance.
Practice areas: Automation
In the automation area, the electrical engineer is capable of working in the planning and development of industrial automation structures. The engineer designs from simple electrical components to more complex structures, for example, automating production processes in a factory, that is, working with the development of robotic and self-managing systems for industrial processes.
When automation systems are already implemented in the company, the electrical engineer can also act as responsible for preventive and corrective maintenance of electrical installations, machines, and equipment.
Practice areas: Telecommunications
In telecommunications, the electrical engineer works together with other professionals, working in the construction of telephony and data transmission systems, being part of the creation of transmission systems and contributing to the elaboration of projects to expand the company.
Operating area: Electricity supply
The electrical engineer is a professional who has the ability to work in the creation of power generating plants, for example, contributing to the design of turbines, storage systems, and transmission networks. The electrical engineer also has the knowledge to develop activities in substations, making process adjustments and capacity to supply electric energy according to the demand of each region.
The electrical engineer can act in the electric energy concessionaires, making the monitoring, maintenance, and quick repairs, so that there is no interruption of the electric power supply.
If you are interested in learning more about the electrical engineering profession, below we have a video from the World of Electrical that explains the main reasons for becoming an electrical engineer.