STEPS TO BECOMING AN ELECTRICAL ENGINEER
Step One: The first step in becoming an electrical engineer is obtaining a high school diploma; or, in the absence of a high school diploma, a GED. Because a high school diploma or a GED is a prerequisite for admission to virtually any college or university, this is one of the most important steps in the process.
Step Two: After obtaining a high school diploma or GED, the individual should then apply to and enroll in an electrical engineering program at a four-year university or college. And, as previously mentioned, anyone who wishes to expand their employment opportunities in the future should consider a program that is accredited by ABET.
Step Three: During college or university, students pursuing a degree in electrical engineering may wish to find volunteer or work experience in the field. While this is certainly not a requirement, it can help students understand what to expect in the future and ensure they are prepared for the demands of the occupation.
Step Four: Upon obtaining a degree from a four-year program, an individual can begin working as an electrical engineer at once. Or, if he or she wishes to pursue additional education, he or she may wish to enroll in a master’s or doctorate program thereafter.
Step Five: Finally, while not entirely necessary, after working in the field for four years and meeting other criteria the individual can pursue a Professional Engineer license, which may expand their career in the future.