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Does your business need an industrial electrical engineer? You might be surprised by just how useful these people are. Whether you are a small or large company, an industrial electrical engineer can help you figure out what types of technology benefit your company, what the long-term costs will be, and what risks you face and how to avoid them.

What Is An Industrial Electrical Engineer?

An industrial electrical engineer is a person who is involved in industrial scale electrical engineering - dealing with capacitors, inductors, transistors, and diodes. Sometimes, these types of engineers also do feasibility studies for companies looking to employ or deploy technological solutions.

Feasibility Studies

A feasibility study is a study that attempts to assess the risk and benefit of deployment or use of a technological solution. Engineers work on a possible solution to a problem and determine your company’s budget, the technical constraints, as well as the environmental regulations and constraints surrounding the project.

They also determine a timeframe and milestones, and the risks involved. Finally, engineers attempt to determine where your industry will be in 10, 15, or 20 years after implementation of your solution, to see if it has longevity.


A sub-specialty in microelectronics means that the engineer deals with micro-fabrication of small electrical circuits and components. These engineers are required if you’re building custom, tiny, electronics.

Control Engineer

A control engineer is concerned with the design of controllers that behave in a set or specific manner. For example, this engineer would design micro-controllers, programmable logic controllers, digital signal processors and electrical circuits. He is useful for a number of projects that require custom installation or modification of machinery or any installation or design that requires precise control over electronic components or machines.

Telecom Engineer

Telecommunications engineers help design and build telecommunications-related equipment and electronics for both consumer and commercial use. They may also design and install electrical and optical fibre for the high-speed transmission of data.

Instrumentation Engineer

An instrumentation engineer is primarily concerned with the design of measuring devices for pressure, temperature, and flow. The science is deeply concerned with physics, since all instrumentation is oriented around measuring the physical world. These engineers are mathematical experts, and are useful when you have unique environmental studies that need to be done.

They are also useful in situations where you must change or alter existing structures and you want to understand the impact of those changes before, during, and after the project is completed.

Power Engineer

A power engineer is concerned with electricity and design of electrical devices. For example, this type of engineer would be concerned with the design of transformers for power lines, electrical generators, motors, and electronics. This engineer is particularly useful if you need to have generators installed on-site, and need to understand how those generators impact the local environment or how they will be used to supply your building with power.

Signal Processor

A signal processor is an engineer that deals primarily with signals, like analogue or digital signals. These engineers are useful for projects where you require audio, video, or image support and you need to measure the input and output of related data.

Signal processing engineers do a lot of data analysis, algorithm development and evaluation, and “what if” type analysis. These engineers are useful if you’re installing a system that requires advanced algorithm development and extensive data analysis.

Computer Engineer

These types of engineers deal with the design of computers, hardware, and sometimes software. Usually, this involves the building and maintenance of a company’s hardware infrastructure. If you need custom servers, or an extensive network built, a computer engineer is the person you want to hire. These types of engineers also assist with security installations and design, as well as various related hardware installations. These engineers are useful if you need to install a data and communications hub, need installation of a server or network, or if you need professional hardware support.

Sienna Edward is an industrial secretary of several years. When she has the time, she likes to research and write about the field to help others just starting out. Look for her helpful posts on many of today's websites and blogs.

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