What does a Senior Principal Electrical Engineer do?

Electrical engineers are responsible for the design, development, and testing of electrical devices and equipment. This includes communication systems or power generators and motors and navigation systems as well as electrical systems within automotive and aircraft industries. Electrical engineers oversee the manufacture of these devices, systems, and equipment.

Electrical engineers design, maintain, implement or improve upon electrical instruments, facilities, components, equipment products, or systems. They perform various engineering tasks by operating computer assisted design or engineering software and equipment. They meet with customers, engineers, and other relevant parties and discuss the existing or potential engineering products and projects and ensure that installation and operations conform to standards and customer requirements. They also estimate the material, labor, and construction costs, and assist in budget preparation. They supervise and train project team members and work with various technicians. Electrical engineers need a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from an accredited school and license as a professional engineer. They also need knowledge of the applicable codes related to electrical engineering and proficiency in design and calculation software.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
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Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

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Babcock International GroupBabcock International Group
Electrical Engineering Co-Op
22 Aug 2019

“wide meetings revealed unhappy employees and I didn't personally witness any real action being taken to make that better.”

Raytheon TechnologiesRaytheon Technologies
Electrical Engineer
12 Oct 2019

“As a young EE I wanted opportunities to learn and grow from on the job experience.”

Unique Technical Services
Junior Electrical Engineer
25 Jun 2020

“the quality of work was good but I didn't feel like I had job security.”

Intel CorporationIntel Corporation
Electrical Engineer
28 Jun 2021

“base salary is low then other places but with the bonus it is the same.”

Clearway EnergyClearway Energy
Electrical Engineer
14 Sep 2021

“The pay is really great considering how easy it was to get this job in the first place.”

Anglian WaterAnglian Water
M&E Engineer
11 Oct 2020

“Over time is the only way to make a good wage however is being cut back.”

Duncan & RossDuncan & Ross
Senior Electrical Engineer
19 Aug 2021

“I look up to the dedication of the Talent team who tirelessly seek the best opportunity for their employees.”

Raytheon TechnologiesRaytheon Technologies
Electrical Engineer I
27 Jul 2021

“The work life balance is one of the best you can find in the entire tech industry.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a senior principal electrical engineer

When working as a senior principal electrical engineer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are FPGA Design, Security Clearance, Systemverilog, Scripting Languages and Systems Development.

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The most common qualifications to become a senior principal electrical engineer is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.