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A day in the life of an Electrical Engineer - India

As a Senior Electrical Engineer, I am often involved in the development life cycle of electrical systems, which include brainstorming, designing, manufacturing, testing and maintaining phases. For the past 12 years, I have worked on several projects in both private and public sectors.

Irrespective of the field, whether it is an automobile company or a hospital, an educational institution or a power station, I always try to keep my designs updated with the latest developments in the field of electrical technology. If upgrading an existing system, I try to enhance it with energy efficient components and eco-friendly alternatives, such as solar energy, wherever possible.

My daily schedule:

It varies depending on the number of projects at hand, where they are located and their deadlines. But on a normal day, my schedule is as follows:

8.00 AM: Though my normal working hours are from 9 AM to 5 PM, I reach office by 8 AM. I do not like rushing at the last moment. The first thing I do as soon as I reach my office is, check my emails and look for any new updates pertaining to my projects.

8.45 AM: Grab a cup of coffee and go through my to-do list for the day. (I normally prepare my weekly schedule every Saturday for the week ahead. This eases my pressure a lot.)

9.30 AM: I hold a review meeting with my subordinates as well as other staff members working on my project. This serves as a platform to validate recent updates, check the progress of different departments involved in the project, and provide them with the necessary clarifications and directions.

10.30 AM: Depending on the progress, I assign relevant tasks and timeframes to each department, under which they have to submit their first drafts. Presently, we are working on electrical circuit application for a Primary Health Care Center (PHC) affiliated to government of Andhra Pradesh, India.

11.00 AM: I try my best to visit the site(s) on a daily basis and supervise the work going on (if the project is located locally), and if required, take necessary actions to speed up the things. Visiting the site regularly helps me to think out of the box and come up with innovative ideas that can be of a great help to the project. For this project, I have proposed to set up solar panels on the terrace of the central building, which houses administration department and emergency operation theatres to serve as an emergency power back-up, just in case.

1.00 - 2.00 PM: A much needed lunch break. This helps me to rejuvenate my energy levels and start fresh.

2.00 PM – 5 PM: Generally, this time is pre-occupied with client meetings, presentations, and discussions with my superiors, meeting team leaders from other departments, sharing each other’s views on how things are developing and what needs to be done in order to meet the client’s requirements, etc. Of course, I do take a tea-break at 3.30 PM.

After 5 PM (Occasionally): In case of urgency, I conduct meetings with the ground level staff, draftsmen, designers, architects and other staff (as needed) over the tea, to let them know of the same and make them understand what needs to be done to resolve the issue within the client’s budget and within the given deadlines.

How did I get into this job?

Depending on the number of vacancies (and the department), the Government of India initiates job postings with pre-determined qualifications that are required to perform each job effectively. My position as a Senior Electrical Engineer demanded minimum 5 years of experience as a Junior Electrical Engineer (Civil Works), passing a written exam and an interview. I did well and got selected.

Minimum qualifications required to pursue career as an Electrical Engineer:

Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering (4 years); or a Diploma in Electrical Engineering (3 years) along with relevant experience. This is the minimum requirement to pursue your career as an Electrical Engineer in India.

Salary expectations:

Salary package depends on the organization you are working for, your qualifications and experience. For the year 2014, the average starting salary of an Electrical Engineer (fresher) in India is approximately $15, 000 per year.

(this article was contributed by a guest writer: E M Sankar , an Electrical Engineer in India).

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