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Some of the best jobs are all about power - supplying and generating it.
Take electrical engineers, for example. Electrical engineers design, develop, test or supervise the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment, components or systems. Electrical engineers generally focus on power supply and power generation as opposed to electronics engineers, who work on applications of electricity to control systems or process signals.
The Gulf Coast region employs a large number of engineers and faces a growing demand to fill upcoming vacancies as many baby boomers retire.
Over the next 10 years, estimates show the Gulf Coast Region to be in need of over 900 new electrical engineers!
Electrical engineers make DOUBLE the region's average annual wage for all occupations with high raise potential
Electrical Engineers are in demand across a number of industries, so it doesn't force you to settle anywhere
Would this career suit you?
These skills, interests, and knowledge areas are recommended for a career as an envireonmental engineer. The following data describes the relative importance of each knowledge/skill area from the opinion of those in the industry.
Engineering & Technology
Knowing practical applications of engineering sciences and applying them to the production of various technologies for consumption and services.
Computers & Electronics
Knowing both operations and basic programming of computers, hardware, software and other electronic equipment.
Interest in and knowledge of the techniques and tools used for precision drawings, blueprints, and models.
Knowing arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, and their theories to apply them to real world problems.
*Source: Texas Career Check.
If You're Interested, Make Waves Early
High School Endorsement: STEM
Start by taking advanced math and science courses in high school along with elective on the STEM Endorsement track to prepare for your career in electrical engineering.
To get your first job as an electrical engineer, you will need at least a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, or electrical engineering technology Getting a master's degree in electrical engineering opens up additional opportunities for higher level positions. Most colleges in the Gulf Coast Region cover these degree tracks, but make sure it is an Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) certified program. Courses to take especially into account are digital systems design, electric circuit theory, and differential equations among others in the maths and sciences.
For higher levels of occupational independence in the future, chemical engineers can obtain a Professional Engineer (PE) license. The following must be obtained to get a PE license from the State Board of Professional Engineers:
- a bachelor's degree from a program approved by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
- four years of experience working under a licensed Professional Engineer
- pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Examination
A variety of different specialization certifications are available to demonstrate an engineer's specialty and skillset to work towards career/pay advancement. Click here to learn more.
Helpful Tech to Get Ahead
- Analytical and Scientific Software: Minitab or MATLAB
- Computer Aided Design (CAD) Software: Autodesk AutoCAD, Dassault Systemes CATIA, or PTC Creo Parametric
- Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) Software: Rapid Prototyping Software
- Development Environment Software: C, Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition VBScript, National Instruments LabVIEW, or Verilog
- Development & Coding: C++, Perl, or Python)
- Project Management Software: Microsoft Project or Oracle Primavera
Major Programs in the Gulf Coast Region
- University of Houston
- Lamar University
- Prairie View A&M University
- Sam Houston State University
- Texas Southern University
Major Employers in the Gulf Coast Region
- Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
- The Boeing Company
- BP America
- CDI Corporation
- CenterPoint Energy
- City of Houston
- The Dow Chemical Company
- Fluor EPCM Services
- Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.
- Lockheed Martin
- S & B Engineering and Constructors, Ltd
Related Occupations: Computer Hardware Engineers, Electricians. Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians, and Aerospace Engineers
If you have questions about our Industry/Occupation Profiles or are an organization in the Gulf Coast Region, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Includes the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton.