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Electrical engineering deals with the study and application of electrical systems for use in different environments.

education Updated: Sep 22, 2011 10:59 IST
Hindustan Times

The lowdown
Electrical engineering deals with the study and application of electrical systems for use in different environments. A student has to learn about transmission and generation of electrical power, electrical circuit design, electronics, instrumentation, and control systems. In-depth knowledge of electronic devices and circuits for measurement, instrumentation, control and protection of electrical equipment and conversion systems is also required. One would also have to master the application of computer-based systems in design, analysis and efficient operation of power systems

Clock Work
9am: Reach the plant. Reply to email received from vendors
9.15am: Take a round of the power plant
10am: Check the power lines
11am: Fix faults (if any)
1pm: Have lunch
2pm: Routine visit to site where a project is in progress
3pm: Supervise and monitor the state of the work
6pm: File assessment report
7pm: Leave for home

The payoff
An entry-level engineer earns about Rs20,000 to Rs30,000 per month. Salaries vary from organisation to organisation. At a middle-level technical position, as a project head or team leader, one gets Rs70,000 to Rs80,000 per month. At the managerial level, one can earn Rs1.5 lakh per month. Starting salaries are almost the same in the government and private sector, but vary vastly in top positions. Managers in the private sector can earn more than Rs1 lakh a month

. Strong logical and analytical skills along with the ability to absorb new knowledge
. Keen attention to detail, as machines need a lot of care
. Ability to adapt to the changing technological scenario of the market, e.g. by learning software development

Getting there
Do a BTech (electrical) or BTech (electrical-power), depending on your area of interest. You can also pursue an MTech if you want to go in for further research. After engineering, you can hunt for a job in companies like Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) or Reliance Power. Reputable
institutes like the IITs and the NITs have campus placements, but for other students, companies will usually organise a written test for their annual intake. Check out newspaper advertisements for announcements of the dates for the entrance exams

Institutes and URLs
. Indian Institutes of Technology ( )
. Delhi Technological University (
. National Institutes of Technology (

Pros and cons
. Irrespective of market trends, electrical engineers will always be in demand
. Growth opportunities are aplenty as the demand-supply gap is huge in the Indian power sector
. It’s a demanding job, especially when one is working on a project installation
. Because of the stiff competition, not everyone gets a good job in a public sector company

A huge number of electrical engineers are needed for the electric utilities for the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power with the least power losses Dr Narendra Kumar, professor and head, dept of electrical engineering, DTU

First Published: Jul 19, 2011 14:54 IST