Construction Electrical Designer

Career Area: Engineering

Occupation Group: Electrical, Electronic, and Related Engineering

Salary

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An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical Construction Electrical Designer earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $62,788

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $66,525

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Designs and creates layout for the electrical systems in construction projects. Designs systems that power lighting, security, telephone and sound in buildings under construction. Creates wiring diagrams and develops specifications for electrical systems to meet code requirements

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

LocationGrowth
North Carolina53+13%
Nationwide1402+6.9%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Construction Electrical Designer is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Microsoft Office: Microsoft Office is an office suite of applications, servers, and services developed by Microsoft.
  • Microsoft Excel: Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet developed by Microsoft for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS. It features calculation, graphing tools, pivot tables, and a macro programming language called Visual Basic for Applications.
  • Research: Experience performing creative and systematic work to understand a product, market, or customer, either before building a new solution, or to troubleshoot an existing issue
  • Teamwork / Collaboration: Experience working in collaborative efforts with a team to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Revit: Working experience of Revit. Autodesk Revit is building information modeling software for architects, landscape architects, structural engineers, MEP engineers, designers and contractors developed by Autodesk. It allows users to design a building and structure and its components in 3D, annotate the model with 2D drafting elements, and access building information from the building model's database. Revit is 4D BIM capable with tools to plan and track various stages in the building's lifecycle, from concept to construction and later maintenance and/or demolition.
  • AutoCAD: AutoCAD is a commercial computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting software application.
  • Electrical Design: Electrical system design is the design of electrical systems.
  • Calculation: A calculation is a deliberate process that transforms one or more inputs into one or more results, with variable change.
  • Power Distribution: Power distribution is a process which is used to move electricity from locations where it is generated to people who need it. Distribution takes place through a system known as the electrical grid or simply grid, which is designed to keep power constantly on call so that it can meet demand.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Construction Electrical Designer that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) Design: Working experience of Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) Design, which refers to these aspects of building design and construction. In commercial buildings these aspects are often designed by an engineering firm specializing in MEP. MEP design is important for design decision-making, accurate documentation, performance and cost-estimation, construction planning, managing and operating the resulting facility.
  • Electrical System Building: Working experience of Electrical System Building. An electric power system is a network of electrical components deployed to supply, transfer, store, and use electric power.
  • Load Calculations: Experience applying engineering equations to any of several environments, where the ability of a system to carry a given quantity impacts it's performance and the experience of people in the environment.
  • Building Design: Building design refers to the broadly based architectural, engineering and technical applications to the design of buildings.
  • Project Drawings: Working experience of Project Drawings, which are a set of drawings or two-dimensional diagrams used to describe a place or object, or to communicate building or fabrication instructions. Usually plans are drawn or printed on paper, but they can take the form of a digital file. These plans are used in a range of fields from architecture, urban planning, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, industrial engineering to systems engineering.

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills:

  • Heavy Industrial Project Experience: Heavy industry is industry that involves one or more characteristics such as large and heavy products; large and heavy equipment and facilities (such as heavy equipment, large machine tools, and huge buildings); or complex or numerous processes.

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years29%
3 to 5 years51%
6 to 8 years10%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Electrical Designer
  • Bim Electrical Designer
  • Senior Electrical Designer
  • Cad Drafter
  • Electrical Designer II

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