If you’re thinking about a career in electrical engineering, you’re in good company. Pioneers in this field — from Benjamin Franklin to the brains behind the telegraph — laid the groundwork for designs, services and processes critical to today’s technology. Electrical engineers blend a love for problem-solving with math and science to overcome challenges or push advancements in electricity and electronics, whether it’s designing switchboards, lighting and emergency power or manufacturing facilities and buildings spanning low-rise to high-rise. Author Echo Garrett takes a look at those who yearn to learn how and why electricity and electronics work. “Electrical Engineers: Stories from People Who’ve Done It” explores the variety of ways people can practice this profession, from project manager to firm owner and the range of responsibilities in between. You’ll find firsthand accounts of life on the job, requirements and key resources to get started in the profession and advice to help along your way.
Excerpt from the book:
“Electrical engineering is a people profession because you are always working within a team. A lot of people regard engineering as being all about the discipline and not as much about people. But you will succeed if you are a people person, because it requires not only technical skills but working with architects, contractors, building owners and other engineers on a daily basis.”
Electrical engineering as a field of lifelong learning
The inevitability of on-the-job training
Choosing among areas of specialization
Demand for electrical engineers
Setting up as a women- or minority-owned firm
A Brief History
The Many Career Paths in Electrical Engineering
Owner of Her Own Firm
Project Manager with a Global, Employee-Owned Firm
Principal in a Firm and Director of Electrical Engineering
Project Manager, System Planning and Consultant
Making the Move
About the Author
Echo Garrett started her journalism career as an editor at McCall’s. A former contributing writer to Money, Business Week, Management Review, Investor’s Business Daily and the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Garrett has also been published in more than 75 national magazines, newspapers and websites, including Parade, Delta Sky, Inc., The New York Times, Health, Hemispheres, Chief Executive, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, WebMD and ABCNews.com. She has been interviewed on “Good Morning America,” CNBC, CNN and NY-1, and served as editor-in-chief of Atlanta Woman magazine.
The Marietta, Ga., resident is the co-founder and board chair of the Orange Duffel Bag Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that does life-plan coaching with at-risk youth (ages 12 to 24) based on the book she co-authored titled “My Orange Duffel Bag: A Journey to Radical Change,” winner of seven national and international awards in the categories of young adult nonfiction, design and self-help.