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ELECTRICAL ENGINEER : It Was Through Physics That I Figured Out I Wanted To Do Eletrical Engineering

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Making sure our electrical grid is functioning properly is what Monica does.
She shares what a day is like as an electrical transmission planning engineer, talks about how she chose this career, among the many options in engineering, and she also shares what she would have liked to have known about this career before starting.

Degree: Electrical Engineering
Job Title: Electric Transmission Planning Engineer

Job Summary: Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians

Job Description

Electrical and electronic engineering technicians help engineers design and develop computers, communications equipment, medical monitoring devices, navigational equipment, and other electrical and electronic equipment. They often work in product evaluation and testing, using measuring and diagnostic devices to adjust, test, and repair equipment.

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Average salary
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$35,000 - $80,000
Projected job growth
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0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
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Office, Indoor, Military
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Problem solving skills, Teamwork, Organizational skills, Mathematical skills, Likes working with hands

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Associate degree
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m='15532'>WECC,</span> <span m='15880'>all the</span> <span m='16842'>councils</span> <span m='17323'>that</span> <span m='17804'>come</span> <span m='18285'>together</span> <span m='18766'>that</span> <span m='19250'>make sure</span> <span m='19800'>that</span> <span m='19890'>we're</span> <span m='20720'>complying</span> <span m='21330'>with</span> <span m='21530'>the</span> <span m='21670'>regulations</span> <span m='21970'>that</span> <span m='22270'>are</span> <span m='22490'>put</span> <span m='22735'>upon</span> <span m='22980'>us.</span> <span m='24530'>Mainly,</span> <span m='24790'>what</span> <span m='25050'>I</span> <span m='25220'>do</span> <span m='25390'>is</span> <span m='25520'>I make</span> <span m='25690'>sure</span> <span m='26050'>that</span> <span m='26800'>all the</span> <span m='27090'>capacity</span> <span m='27400'>we</span> <span m='27750'>have,</span> <span m='28025'>the</span> <span m='28300'>transmission</span> <span m='28733'>electric</span> <span m='29166'>system,</span> <span m='30260'>is</span> <span m='30905'>sound</span> <span m='31370'>and</span> <span m='31835'>actually</span> <span m='32300'>can</span> <span m='32765'>withstand</span> <span m='33230'>loads that are</span> <span m='33700'>coming in.</span> </p><p><span m='33985'>In</span> <span m='34270'>high</span> <span m='34470'>school,</span> <span m='34970'>I was</span> <span m='35120'>trying</span> <span m='35280'>to</span> <span m='35380'>figure</span> <span m='35630'>out</span> <span m='35750'>what</span> <span m='35890'>I</span> <span m='35940'>wanted</span> <span m='36210'>to</span> <span m='36300'>be.</span> <span m='37060'>I</span> <span m='37310'>didn't</span> <span m='37480'>like</span> <span m='37630'>chemistry.</span> <span m='38530'>And</span> <span m='38925'>biology</span> <span m='39320'>I wasn't</span> <span m='39730'>good</span> <span m='39830'>at.</span> <span m='40230'>But I was</span> <span m='40692'>good at</span> <span m='41154'>physics.</span> <span m='42800'>And I</span> <span m='42880'>liked</span> <span m='43230'>math,</span> <span m='43730'>even</span> <span m='44010'>though</span> <span m='44370'>I wasn't</span> <span m='44600'>exactly</span> <span m='45300'>good</span> <span m='45520'>at</span> <span m='45620'>math.</span> <span m='46510'>So</span> <span m='47924'>I talked</span> <span m='48371'>to my</span> <span m='48820'>physics</span> <span m='49040'>teacher,</span> <span m='49400'>and he had</span> <span m='49670'>recommend</span> <span m='50400'>engineering.</span> </p><p><span m='51400'>So</span> <span m='51690'>at a</span> <span m='51980'>career</span> <span m='52435'>fair,</span> <span m='52890'>I</span> <span m='53120'>talked to</span> <span m='53570'>one of the</span> <span m='53980'>engineers</span> <span m='54220'>there.</span> <span m='54590'>And</span> <span m='54730'>they had told me</span> <span m='54950'>there's</span> <span m='55480'>all these</span> <span m='55750'>different</span> <span m='56020'>kinds of</span> <span m='56396'>engineers.</span> <span m='56772'>There's</span> <span m='57150'>mechanical,</span> <span m='57962'>civil,</span> <span m='58774'>industrial,</span> <span m='59620'>and</span> <span m='59740'>there was</span> <span m='60045'>a whole</span> <span m='60350'>pamphlet</span> <span m='60770'>list.</span> <span m='61110'>And I was</span> <span m='61720'>overwhelmed.</span> <span m='62120'>Because</span> <span m='62610'>I was like,</span> <span m='63070'>all I</span> <span m='63530'>wanted to</span> <span m='63910'>do was</span> <span m='64010'>just</span> <span m='64080'>one thing.</span> <span m='64450'>And they're like,</span> <span m='64540'>oh no,</span> <span m='64999'>it's all</span> <span m='65459'>these things.</span> </p><p><span m='65889'>So I</span> <span m='66320'>narrowed</span> <span m='66670'>it</span> <span m='66760'>down</span> <span m='67080'>to</span> <span m='67260'>mechanical</span> <span m='67550'>and</span> <span 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m='80330'>Throughout</span> <span m='80590'>college,</span> <span m='80850'>it was</span> <span m='81240'>a</span> <span m='81320'>hard,</span> <span m='81780'>hard</span> <span m='83400'>four and a</span> <span m='83660'>half</span> <span m='83920'>years.</span> <span m='84530'>But I</span> <span m='84670'>made it</span> <span m='84930'>through.</span> <span m='85430'>And</span> <span m='86800'>now I'm</span> <span m='87146'>working</span> <span m='88325'>full-time.</span> <span m='88810'>So it's</span> <span m='89295'>been good.</span> </p><p><span m='90265'>I wish I</span> <span m='90750'>would have known</span> <span m='91235'>that</span> <span m='91720'>it's</span> <span m='92210'>not</span> <span m='92500'>so</span> <span m='92590'>much--</span> <span m='93010'>I</span> <span m='93477'>like the</span> <span m='93944'>technical portion,</span> <span m='94411'>which is</span> <span m='94878'>running the</span> <span m='95345'>studies to make</span> <span m='95812'>sure we have</span> <span m='96279'>capacity.</span> <span m='96746'>But there's</span> <span m='97213'>also</span> <span m='97680'>the</span> <span m='98147'>legal</span> <span m='98620'>aspect</span> <span m='98915'>of</span> <span m='99210'>it,</span> <span m='99340'>making</span> <span m='99420'>sure</span> <span m='99630'>we</span> <span m='100150'>comply</span> <span m='100460'>to</span> <span m='100600'>all the</span> <span m='100935'>rules</span> <span m='101270'>that</span> <span m='101490'>both</span> <span m='101740'>state</span> <span m='102330'>and the</span> <span m='102600'>federal</span> <span m='105530'>organizations</span> <span m='105876'>put on</span> <span m='106222'>us,</span> <span m='106570'>which I</span> <span m='107007'>wish I</span> <span m='107444'>would have known.</span> <span m='108320'>And</span> <span m='108470'>I didn't</span> <span m='108710'>realize there</span> <span m='108970'>were</span> <span m='109180'>so many</span> <span m='109390'>rules.</span> <span m='110100'>It's</span> <span m='110910'>become</span> <span m='111332'>quite</span> <span m='111754'>constricting</span> <span m='112176'>on a</span> <span m='112600'>planner</span> <span m='113200'>nowadays.</span> </p>","file":{"id":276853,"video_id":"2700858943001","name":"72656054","duration":114005,"thumbnail_url":null}});