A CAREER IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING


NAME: JOHN S. MAHLALELA
COMPANY: UNIVERSITY OF ESWATINI
POSITION: LECTURER
CELL: 76329726
EMAIL: [email protected]
Electrical Engineering
Electrical engineering is a professional engineering discipline that generally deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism.
In order to become an Electrical Engineer you need to follow a Bachelor of Science degree course in Engineering (B.Eng.) at a university for five years (In the University of Eswatini). You do not have to go to university immediately to become an Electrical Engineer. Some of today’s most prominent figures in the Electrical Engineering society commenced their studies at technical colleges, then moved on to technikons and ultimately, qualified as Electrical Engineers. After obtaining your B.Eng. degree at university you need to have three years practical experience whilst registered as an engineer-in-training to be able to register as a Professional Engineer. You can then write the letters PrEng (Professional Engineer) behind your name.
University degree courses are designed for advanced learning and the studies are mainly of an academic and theoretical nature. The emphasis is on the application of science and maths in problem identification and solving.

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING CAREER
The work of an Electrical Engineer is mainly intellectual by nature and is not routine. Engineers deal mainly with innovation and problem solving and their education is so directed that they must be able to resolve new problems which they might encounter in future. Engineers are generally the leaders of the manpower team in engineering.
The tasks of the Electrical Engineer in the workplace could involve:
  • Design Development Research for new and innovative technology to better the life of all (For example improved communication systems, more efficient electricity supply, user-friendly computer hardware and software, new consumer products, etc)
  • Conceptual Planning of Projects (For example the planning of a town’s electricity supply, controlling a hydro-electric dam, etc.)
  • High-level Management (Electrical Engineers are excellent candidates for high-level management positions in large organisations)
  • Education (Universities require lecturers to train prospective engineers).
  • All Electrical Engineers could also act as mentors to students and young engineers so that expertise and experience is passed on.
ENGINEERING REGISTRATION IN THE KINGDOM OF ESWATINI
The Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini enacted the Registration of Architects, Engineers, and Surveyors & Allied Professionals Act No 15 of 2013, which provides for the establishment of the Architects, Engineers, Surveyors and Allied Professionals (AESAP) Registration Council. You can visit the following page for more information on engineering registration in the Kingdom of Eswatini, http://www.aesap.net