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Electrical Engineer

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Most of these occupations require qualifications at NFQ Levels 7 or 8 (Ordinary / Honours Degrees) but some do not.

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Job Training
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

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€25k > 70
Engineer - Electrical
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€25 - 70
Related Information:
Electrical Engineer - Construction 35-65
Data Source(s):
CPL / Hudson / Lincoln

Last Updated: July, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Shortage Indicator

Employment growth in this occupational group, which includes mechanical, electrical and electronic engineers, was above average. Employers are frequently citing these occupations as difficult to fill although the demand is likely to be small in number given the size of the employment stock. While the supply from the education system appears to be growing, demand is mostly for roles requiring sector-specific experience (e.g. medium-high, high-tech and food/beverage manufacturing).

National Skills Bulletin 2018

The National Skills Bulletin 2018 highlights a shortage of Electrical Engineers in the current labour market.

Occupational Category

Other Engineering Specialities

Also included in this category:

Mechanical engineers; Electrical engineers; Electronics engineers; Engineering professionals n.e.c.; Science & engineering technicians; Laboratory technicians; Electrical and electronics technicians; Engineering technicians; Quality assurance technicians;

Number Employed:


Part time workers: 1%
Non-Nationals: 16%
With Third Level: 79%
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At a Glance... header image

Works in industrial, commercial and domestic environments designing, installing and testing electrical hardware.

Videos & Interviews header image

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Claudia Sheridan
Electrical Engineer
UCC graduate Claudia Sheridan is an Electrical Engineer with ESB. Claudia is currently working on the electrical design team which involves her travelling nationwide to different power stations. Claudia is curently undertaking a part time masters in DIT in Elctrical Energy Systems.
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Donal Og Cusack
Automation/Energy Engineer
Donal Óg Cusack is an Automation/Energy Engineer for Johnson & Johnson Ireland. He is team leader within the company who brings his team player skills from his sporting days to his current role. At present he is studying a masters degree in Automation Engineering at UCC.
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The Work header image

Electrical engineers may be involved in the generation and supply of electricity for the industrial, commercial or public sectors, or for domestic use. Engineers design and produce equipment such as electrical generators and turbines. They make sure that all equipment used is safe and runs efficiently. It is also part of their jobs to diagnose and supervise any repairs that may be needed.

In electricity distribution companies, engineers work on transformers and transmission systems. Engineers maintain the right voltage for the system, to prevent overloading. Manufacturing companies need electrical engineers to distribute power to their machinery, to install new equipment and to maintain it. Some electrical engineers design electrical industrial machinery and supervise the installation of heating, ventilating and lighting systems.

Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation


Prepare technical drawings, specifications of electrical systems, or topographical maps to ensure that installation and operations conform to standards and customer requirements.


Operate computer-assisted engineering or design software or equipment to perform engineering tasks.


Confer with engineers, customers, or others to discuss existing or potential engineering projects or products.


Direct or coordinate manufacturing, construction, installation, maintenance, support, documentation, or testing activities to ensure compliance with specifications, codes, or customer requirements.


Design, implement, maintain, or improve electrical instruments, equipment, facilities, components, products, or systems for commercial, industrial, or domestic purposes.


Prepare specifications for purchases of materials or equipment.


Perform detailed calculations to compute and establish manufacturing, construction, or installation standards or specifications.


Investigate customer or public complaints, determine nature and extent of problem, and recommend remedial measures.


Oversee project production efforts to assure projects are completed on time and within budget.


Plan or implement research methodology or procedures to apply principles of electrical theory to engineering projects.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.


Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.


Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.


Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment: Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.


Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.


Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.


Analyzing Data or Information: Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.


Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.


Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.


Interacting With Computers: Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.


Engineering and Technology: Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.


Design: Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.


Computers and Electronics: Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.


Mathematics: Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.


Physics: Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.


Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Mathematics: Using mathematics to solve problems.


Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Time Management: Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You need to have technical ability, and you must be a good problem solver. You must be able to work as part of a team; you need good communication skills for writing technical reports and liaising with other staff and customers. You need organisational skills to plan and co-ordinate resources.

Engineers often work to deadlines, so you must be able to remain calm under pressure. Computer literacy is important. Willingness to take on responsibility and to lead and motivate others is essential. You should also possess good analytical and practical skills.

You should have normal colour vision.

Entry Routesheader image

Electrical Engineers typically hold a degree with a specific electrical engineering focus. Several programmes are available at colleges and IOTs around the country [See course list on this page].

With effect from 2013, engineers who wish to become Chartered Engineers will need to hold an accredited masters degree (Level 9), or equivalent. A Level 8 Bachelor degree will satisfy the requirements for Institution of Engineers of Ireland membership only.

Specific degree subjects required are:

  • Electrical/Electronic engineering
  • Communications engineering
  • Telecommunications engineering.

See also Engineers Ireland CPD training programme information available here

Last Updated: October, 2014

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A detailed description of this occupation can be found on a number of online databases. Follow the link(s) below to access this information:

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Go..Auto Electrician - from: N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Electrical Engineer - from: N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Electrical engineer - from: GradIreland
Go..Electrical Engineering - from: STEPS

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Organisation: Engineers Ireland
Address: 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge Dublin 4
Tel: (01) 665 1300
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