Electrical engineer

An electrical engineer designs and manages electrical systems. These complex systems are part of every railway line, train, station and freight hub. Electrical engineers work at the leading edge of new technology.
Also known as: Electrical and mechatronics engineer, Telecommunications and networks engineer, Signal engineer, Signalling engineer, Communications engineer

Is this role right for you?

Do you love finding out how something works? Or do you think you could design it better? Engineers use careful analysis and creative thinking to solve complex problems. They harness creativity to explore bold new solutions. Many engineers lead teams to design, build and maintain Australia’s railways. They’re excellent communicators because they need to explain their ideas and collaborate with other people on projects.

What are some example projects or experiences?

Many railways are shifting from diesel to electric powered trains to create clean and efficient rail networks. Electrical engineers design and build the motors, batteries and charging stations. Electrical engineers also design automated railway networks using advanced signalling and communications systems. This creates fast, safe and reliable train networks. Right now, they’re working to replace systems that can be 100 years old.

What is the work environment like?

You’ll work in a team of engineers and skilled tradespeople. You might work in an office, designing the next generation of passenger trains. Or you could be on a construction site helping to install new infrastructure. You can find work as an electrical engineer all around Australia. Most jobs are in cities and towns. Some are in remote areas.

Eligibility & pathways

Electrical engineers typically complete a university degree. They generally study areas such as electronics, power, telecommunications, and mechatronics. Our industry values diverse personal and work experience. Many employers can provide you with opportunities to gain additional qualifications and industry experience to help you succeed.

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Avenues of Entry
Graduate
Qualified
Management
Pay Range
$72K
$211K
Mid-level
$72,500 - $150,000
Senior level
$136,000 - $207,000
Manager level
$170,000 - $211,500

Salaries may vary outside of these ranges, based on company size and location, level of experience, competence and time in role.