What does an Electrical Designer do?

Electrical designers create and design electrical systems turning to their expertise on how electricity works to create wiring and power distribution diagrams that fit an individual project’s needs. They examine the electrical needs of new buildings to best supply it. Sometimes, they talk to makers of revamped appliances to determine how to get them to perform at capacity and electrically safe. Electrical designers collaborate with homeowners, architects, and construction firms, and manufacturers and ask them to design circuits and switchboards for their machinery and equipment.

Electrical designers assist power distribution, utility, and telecommunication companies with public grids and route wires. They use CAD software to draft what an electrical system looks like, and they make sure to include electrical specifications and detailed drawings. Electrical designers need an associate's degree or a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering with a concentration on math, physics, and science and specifics, including electrical circuits and digital electronics.

What responsibilities are common for Electrical Designer jobs?
  • Analyze reports, drawings and tests to plan and design projects.
  • Establish design criteria and develop system designs from concept plans and interpret information set forth in basis of design as well as information gathered from users, project partners, field surveys and code research.
  • Plan and develop drawings for production work including problem analysis, design layout and calculations on non-routine assignments of substantial variety and complexity.
  • Perform various phases of planning, site evaluations, analytical designs, report preparation, specifications, and preparation of proposal and construction documentation and electrical plans as part of a project team.
  • Design various electrical projects including creating electrical schematics, grid plan layouts, electrical power systems, lighting systems, protection and controls, and site and facility design.
  • Execute variety of electrical design assignments using prescribed methods and standard techniques including drawing sequence and presentation, sizing various system components and refining rough sketches.
  • Review design drawings for quality assurance within scope, budget and schedule.
  • Perform project tasks and assignments within budgeted hours and deadlines.
What are the typical qualifications for Electrical Designer jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in electrical engineering, computer science or a related technical area.
  • High comfort level using CAD programs such as AutoCAD.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and InDesign.
  • Strong grasp of PCB Design fundamentals.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
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Electrical Designer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$70,694 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$52K
Median: $71K
$95K
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Electrical Designer Career Path

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
28%
2 - 4
33%
5 - 7
17%
8+
22%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Power DesignPower Design
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May 3, 2022

“The ability to grow is evident and I would say this is the best aspect of working here.”

HavenlyHavenly
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Apr 25, 2022

“It's a good starting interior design job if you have to work from home.”

TMEIC International CorporationTMEIC International Corporation
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Oct 14, 2020

“good work and life balance”

AMA Consulting Engineers P.CAMA Consulting Engineers P.C
Electrical Designer
Feb 23, 2021

“Good teamwork and quality projects”

AerotekAerotek
Electrical Designer
Apr 19, 2021

“Pay is not fair for amount of work and responsibilities.”

Kiewit CorporationKiewit Corporation
Electrical Designer
May 28, 2020

“Everyone in my department was more than willing to help me in my young career.”

J. RAY MCDERMOTT ENGINEERING SERVICES
Electrical Designer
Dec 6, 2021

“In order to start your career best place to begin.exposure to new things o possible.”

General Dynamics Electric BoatGeneral Dynamics Electric Boat
Electrical Designer
Feb 19, 2021

“Their wages and benefits are some of the best offered in southeastern connecticut.”

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