Electrical Designer

Create diagrams and blueprints for the layout of wires in buildings.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$34,000 – $83,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Electrical Designers do?

An Electrical Designer is like an Electrical Engineer — but without an engineering license. That’s because they design the electrical systems that deliver power to residential and commercial buildings.

If you tore open the walls of your home or office, you’d find a labyrinth of wires that looks like a network of rivers and roadways. At first glance, it’s a chaotic jumble of cable. Just like the nation’s highways and byways, however, a closer look reveals an organized and orderly system of electrical channels and conduits. If you’re an Electrical Designer, you’re the mastermind behind that system.

Your job as an Electrical Designer entails using computer-aided design, or CAD, software to prepare wiring diagrams for Electricians and installers, who use your layouts like blueprints to accurately insert wires and other electrical components into the “guts” of a new or existing structure. There, they act like the building’s central nervous system.

Because electricity can be extremely dangerous — and also expensive — the reason you do what you do is to power buildings as safely and efficiently as possible. In addition to their layout, therefore, you also specify electrical systems’ size, materials, components, and load calculations, all of which must meet building code requirements.

To do your job — which might encompass electrical systems for lighting, security, cable, telephone, and sound — you work closely with licensed Electrical Engineers. While they’re in charge of design principle and theory, however, you’re in charge of design application and execution. In other words: They think; you do. In the end, though, you’re both modern-day Thomas Edisons, lighting up people’s lives — literally.

Should I be an Electrical Designer?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.

  • Also known as: Electrical Controls Designer

    How to become an Electrical Designer

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