When the technology of electric power supply and the telegraph were introduced at the end of the nineteenth century, the world became truly modern and the body of knowledge in applied electricity eventually became known as electrical engineering. Today, after more than a century of rapid development, this sphere of engineering includes many different fields like electronics, telecommunications, power generation, computers and integrated circuits. With electrical consumption on the rise to meet the requirements of industrial equipments and millions of home appliances like radios, television sets, refrigerators and many others, the importance of electric power generation have surged to great heights placing the career of electrical engineers at the highest level of importance. Engineering technology is greatly needed to keep the engine of the modern world in perpetual running condition.
If one wants to become an electrical engineer today, he has to pursue a Bachelor's of Science Degree majoring in Electrical Engineering which is a four or five year course, depending on where he takes up his studies. After he graduates, he will have to undergo a program to satisfy some requirements before he is finally certified by a professional body of engineers. After he is certified, he is then ready to practice his profession and take his place in society as an electrical engineer. He will probably be hired as an employee in a power plant or in a company that sells electrical equipments.
The present crop of electrical engineers will be not be surprised that computers have replaced many old gadgets like the slide rule and other such gadgets since computers have been around for some time. What will surprise them is the engineering software that is available to make engineering calculations easier and faster. They will wonder at computer software products that contain programs designed to instantly work on engineering applications like power management, ground grid design, transformer operations, power quality assessments, and data exchange which usually takes long hours of tedious work to set-up.
The impact of engineering software on the work of electrical engineers is phenomenal because the different calculation work that takes a team of workers to accomplish can be done faster and more efficiently by an engineer with sufficient knowledge in computer operations. If one really wants to get ahead in his career, he must take interest and learn how to apply the right engineering software to the different applications confronting him in the work place.