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Electrical engineering managers oversee the building or structure of electrical equipment, and be be involved from concept through to design, implementation and testing. Organisations that have electrical engineering departments typically build, repair, and maintain complex systems that require wiring, resistors, circuitry, and similar components or equipment.
An electrical engineering team manager may oversee the manufacture of new products created by development and design teams. They are responsible for managing the progress of existing projects, and work closely with the other engineers on the project team. Electrical engineering managers also work with quality assurance teams, and may be required to report to senior management on quality issues and project progress. 

Typical employers 
Electrical engineering managers work in a range of sectors and industries. Employers and organisations range from multinational companies to specialist consultancy and engineering firms. Further examples include: 

  • Renewable energy and power companies 
  • The building and construction services industry
  • Industrial manufacturing companies 
  • Transport companies, including rail and road networks 
  • Petrochemicals in production and distribution
  • Telecommunications companies
  • The armed forces and the technical corps
  • Companies in defence-related industries

Employment Outlook and Salary 
Many companies in the industry offer training programs that include structured, continuous professional development (CPD) and on-the-job training. However, smaller companies may not have the resource to be able to provide this level and length of training, and this should be checked prior to applying for a role. Some larger companies offer graduate training schemes to help you gain significant experience and expertise. Electrical project managers can also expect to receive training in project management, presentation skills and report writing, to develop core business skills for the role. 
So, how much does the electrical engineering manager earn? In the United States, the average salary of an electrical engineering manager is $117,008 per year with a range of $92,374 - $159,347. The average salary of an electrical engineering manager in the United Kingdom is £46,269 per annum with a range of £34,503 - £79,483. Factors affecting the level of salary include technical expertise, industry knowledge, relevant working experience and academic background.

Job Description
Electrical engineers design, create, test and oversee the building of electrical equipment. This includes navigation systems, motors, communication and radio systems and many more. Managers work with electrical engineers to ensure that they deliver high quality devices within budget and on schedule. 

Electricity is a vital power source, and electrical engineering managers use their expertise to create blueprints and perform complex calculations to harness this power. Electrical engineering managers devise new methods to make products more innovative, higher quality, reliable and sustainable. This role also involves testing and maintaining the product, to ensure that it is performing as it should be.  

Typical responsibilities of an Electrical Engineering Manager: 

  • Meeting financial and electrical engineering objectives by preparing annual budgets and forecasting electrical engineering requirements and expenditure 
  • Testing the product and proposing modifications and improvements
  • Supervising installations and resolving design issues
  • Ongoing maintenance, repairs and testing
  • Managing the electrical engineering resource through recruitment, induction and training. This also involves communicating expectations of the role, overseeing contribution to the team or project, conducting performance reviews, and ensuring procedures and policies are understood and adhered to 
  • Strategic planning and reviews, preparing action plans, overseeing production. 
  • Communicating with clients and other contractors
  • Planning electrical projects; establishing installation schedules, selecting contractors, planning installations and shut-downs, integrating requirements with mechanical and architectural designs, updating cost estimates, verifying code requirements 
  • Optimising plans by analysing current conditions and operational project plans, identifying solutions and process improvements
  • Maintaining a safe work environment by establishing, communicating and enforcing procedures and standards; ensuring compliance with legal regulations and codes 
  • Maintaining professional standards through remaining current on requirements and code; reading professional publications, participating in training and development

Key Skills & Qualifications
A degree in a relevant major or subject, such as electronics, software engineering or production, computing or physics is required. A postgraduate qualification can be necessary for some posts and may be advantageous, but in general you do not need a postgraduate qualification to get a job. Relevant work experience through a vacation placement, work shadowing, industrial or commercial placement is also valuable. 

Most professionals enter this sector with a degree in electronic and electrical engineering. With other engineering degrees, especially mechanical engineering, it’s possible to secure an entry level job. Other relevant major and degree subjects include:

  • Electromechanical engineering
  • Aeronautical engineering
  • Communications engineering
  • Building services engineering
  • Computing and software engineering
  • Physics and applied physics
  • Mechanical and production engineering
  • Power and energy engineering

Some of the required skills of an Electrical Engineering Manager include: 

  • Electrical engineering experience with a focus on analog/digital hardware design, electrical hardware design, system interconnection, power system design as well as user interface hardware specification
  • Strong aptitude in software development
  • Strong computer skills (MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Internet, Outlook). 
  • Ability to utilise an efficient electrical CAD package or similar software
  • Detail oriented, with solid organisational skills
  • Solid written/verbal communication and strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work to strict deadlines
  • Presentation and meeting skills
  • Ability to work within multidisciplinary project teams
  • Strategic and analytical thinking 
  • Objective and results orientated
  • Management and leadership skills
  • Diplomacy and professionalism

Job Trends 
There is not one standard route in this industry for career progression, and prospects will depend on your preferred area of expertise, and the way in which you intend to develop your career. You may work in R&D (Research and Development) as you gain experience, or choose an electrical engineering role. The following routes are also popular:

  • Project management
  • Becoming a contractor or consultant
  • Pursuing an academic career 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the number of jobs in the electrical engineering industry are expected to increase by 4% from 2014 to 2024. The electrical engineering will grow at a higher pace than other engineering fields.