Power Supply Design Engineer

Create devices to convert and distribute electricity.
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Salary Range
$54,000 – $129,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Power Supply Design Engineers do?

A Power Supply Design Engineer is responsible for creating a power supply device that converts electric energy, thus allowing an appliance or electronic device to run. This power supply device is an essential component of all electronic equipment, and its job is to convert AC (alternating current) power to DC (direct current) power using electronic circuits.

AC power and DC power are the two main types of electric current. AC power is the electric energy produced and distributed by utility companies, and supplied to homes via wall outlets. Most items in homes use AC power.

However, anything that runs on batteries, some small appliances, and practically all electronic devices, such as telephone answering machines, printers, audio equipment, battery chargers, and computers, require DC power. For these devices to run, AC power has to be converted to DC power. And this is where the Power Supply Design Engineer steps in.

When you’re a Power Supply Design Engineer, you convert, distribute, and regulate the electricity needed to operate computers and many other devices. You begin the process of creating a power supply design by evaluating and defining requirements. Then you analyze, adjust, test, and troubleshoot power systems and circuits, thereby converting input and output voltage and allowing all those DC-powered devices and components to run. You’re also responsible for circuit board layouts, magnetic design and prototyping, and component selection.

In the age of high technology, electronic gadgets have become an indispensable part of every home. Thanks to you, these gadgets have a constant supply of power, and can continue to make life easier for everyone.

Should I be a Power Supply Design Engineer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Engineer, Design-And-Construction, Hardware Design Engineer

    How to Become a
    Power Supply Design Engineer

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