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An Electrical Engineer plays an integral role in the semiconductor, pharmaceutical, medical device and data center industries across LotusWorks’ client facilities. Without the knowledge, skill and experience of Electrical Engineers, manufacturing facilities would not be able to ensure that their systems operate and products are produced safely as intended.

Electrical Engineers use a variety of tools and technologies to design, build, install and maintain electrical systems that power production lines and facilities. They must have a thorough understanding of electricity and its properties to ensure that their designs meet industry standards and safety regulations. Electrical Engineers also work with other professionals such as mechanical engineers, commissioning engineers and third-party vendors across manufacturing facilities.

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What is the day-to-day role of an Electrical Engineer?

LotusWorks Electrical Engineers are responsible for the design, construction, and commissioning of electrical distribution systems and equipment in high-tech manufacturing and mission-critical facilities. 

The daily responsibilities of an electrical engineer can include:

• Evaluating electrical systems, design and installations. 
• Working with high, medium and low voltage distribution systems. 
• Confirming system’s and components’ capabilities by designing testing methods and procedures. 
• Testing installed systems, ensuring functionality and systems meet the designed intent.
• Providing engineering information by answering questions and requests.
• Ensure electrical systems are installed and operating in compliance with national electrical codes and state regulations. 
• Collaborating with other engineering disciplines across a project.

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What skills do I need to become a successful Electrical Engineer

Typically, Electrical Engineers display excellent communication, problem-solving, technical writing, and organisational skills. The LotusWorks Talent Acquisition Team also look out for candidates who are (i) safety conscious, (ii) display in-depth knowledge of national & local codes, (iii) regimental in record keeping and (iv) have the ability to plan ahead. Skills of an Electrical Engineer include:

Critical Thinking:

Electrical Engineers often encounter unanticipated issues or challenges when designing and implementing solutions. Being able to objectively analyze information and make informed decisions is crucial. Critical thinking helps engineers evaluate multiple solutions and choose the best one for the situation.

Technological Proficiency:

With the rapid pace of technological advancements, staying updated with the latest tools and technologies is a must. An Electrical Engineer should be familiar with the latest software and hardware pertinent to their niche within the field.

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Active Learning

As mentioned, the electrical engineering field is ever-evolving. Active learners continually acquire new information and adjust to changes. This thirst for knowledge ensures that they’re always ahead of the curve.

Effective Communication Skills:

Engineers often collaborate with teams comprising individuals from diverse departments, such as finance, sales, or marketing. Hence, the ability to communicate complex ideas in simple terms becomes invaluable.

Organizational Skills:

Managing multiple projects, resources, timelines, and teams requires a structured approach. Efficient organizational skills ensure smooth workflow and timely project completion.

Complex Problem-Solving Skills:

Beyond the foundational knowledge, Electrical Engineers need the acumen to unravel complex problems. They should be adept at identifying potential issues and developing solutions that are both innovative and effective.

Mastery in Mathematics and Physics:

The fundamental principles of electrical engineering are rooted in mathematics and physics. A strong grasp of these subjects allows engineers to better understand and innovate within their domain.

Innovative Thinking:

The best Electrical Engineers don’t just solve problems—they innovate. By thinking outside the box, they can lead the way in developing groundbreaking technologies or methodologies.

Safety Consciousness:

A crucial yet often understated skill. Engineers must prioritize safety, ensuring that all systems and solutions align with the latest safety protocols.

Knowledge of National & Local Codes:

Every region has its regulatory codes governing electrical systems. Engineers should be well-versed with these to ensure compliance and safety.

Regimental Record Keeping:

Keeping precise records is vital, whether it’s for project documentation, compliance, or troubleshooting future issues.

Proactive Planning:

Being able to anticipate potential challenges and planning for them in advance can significantly reduce hiccups during project execution.

What does it take to be an Electrical Engineer?

While communication and project management skills are important when applying for electrical engineering jobs, a solid educational and professional foundation is key. Earning an electrical engineering degree is the first step to ensuring you are prepared to work in the critical role of an electrical engineer. 

Entering the field of electrical engineering means that you may not only play an important role in the development of innovative new technology but also have a profound impact on the electrical systems that everyone relies on in our everyday lives.
LotusWorks Electrical Engineers, due in part to their technical knowledge and innovative thinking, make major contributions towards increasing client facility efficiencies while at the same time maintaining system/equipment performance requirements.

If you are passionate about engineering, enjoy a challenge/problem solving, are safety conscious, and have hands-on experience working with electrical systems and other engineering disciplines you would thrive as a LotusWorks’ Electrical Engineer.
The reliable, efficient operation of our clients’ facilities and equipment requires a great deal of skill and expertise.

Electrical Engineers must stay abreast of changes in technology to provide companies with up-to-date solutions which will increase productivity and reduce costs. They also need to understand how different components interact with each other to create a functioning system. Furthermore, they must be able to troubleshoot any problems that may occur during the production process. This requires knowledge of both mechanical and electrical engineering principles. To do this effectively, Electrical Engineers often liaise with other departments within a facility such as maintenance or research and development teams.

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