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Electrical engineers play an important role in the Electric Grid industry, which is responsible for generating, transmitting, and distributing electrical power. 

Different jobs for Electrical Engineers

From design to maintenance

Here are some of the key tasks you may be responsible for as an Electrical engineer in Electric Grid industry:

  • Design and develop electrical systems: You are involved in the design and development of electrical systems, such as power generation plants, transformers, and transmission lines. You use your knowledge of electrical theory, materials science, and mathematics to create efficient and reliable systems that can meet the energy demands of customers.

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  • Test and analyze systems: You test and analyze electrical systems to ensure they are operating correctly and safely. You use a variety of tools and techniques to measure and monitor electrical signals and other parameters, such as voltage, current, and resistance, to identify potential problems and recommend solutions.

  • Maintain and repair equipment: You are often responsible for maintaining and repairing electrical equipment, such as generators, transformers, and switchgear. You use your knowledge of electrical systems and components to troubleshoot issues and implement fixes to keep equipment running smoothly.

  • Project Management: As an Electrical engineers you may be involved in project management, which includes planning, scheduling, and coordinating the activities of various teams involved in the design, construction, and maintenance of electrical systems.

  • Standards and regulations: You must be knowledgeable about relevant regulations and standards related to electrical systems, such as safety codes and environmental regulations. You work to ensure that their designs and operations comply with these regulations and that any necessary permits are obtained.
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What skills do you need?

We will help you

Skilleon will help you to turn your ambition in to practice, by matching your current skills and your ambition to exciting new projects via your Skilleon Passport. Here are some examples of skills that are most wanted in the Electric Grid Industry:

  • Knowledge of Power Grids electrical engineering principles: You must have a strong understanding of electrical engineering principles, including circuit theory, electromagnetics, power electronics, and control systems.

Electrical Grid help team at Skilleon
  • Programming and software skills: You need knowledge of programming languages and software tools commonly used in the electric grid industry, such as MATLAB, Python, and power system simulation software like PSS/E.

  • Analytical and problem-solving skills: The ability to analyze complex electrical power systems and diagnose problems is essential. You must be able to evaluate various solutions to a problem and choose the best course of action.

  • Project management skills: You may be involved in managing projects from inception to completion, so knowledge of project management principles and techniques is essential.
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Switch from industry

Be part of the Energy Transition

It is possible for an electrical engineer to switch from the oil and gas industry to the Electric Grid sector. Electrical engineering is a versatile discipline with many applications across various industries, and many of the skills and knowledge required for electrical engineering in the oil and gas industry can be transferred to the Electric Grid industry.

That being said, there may be some differences in the specific knowledge and skills required for each industry, and it may be necessary for an electrical engineer to undertake additional training or education to gain the necessary knowledge and skills for the Electric Grid industry.

Electrical Grid Energy Transition
Some possible areas where you may need additional training or education to work in the Electric Grid sector include:

  • Electrical system design: You often design complex electrical systems for oil rigs and other offshore installations. These skills can be useful in the design of electrical power grids and other infrastructure in the electrical grid sector.

  • Instrumentation and control systems: As an Electrical engineers in the oil and gas industry you often work with sophisticated instrumentation and control systems to monitor and regulate operations on offshore rigs. These skills can be valuable in the design and implementation of control systems for electrical power grids.

  • Troubleshooting and problem-solving: You are often called upon to diagnose and solve complex electrical problems. These problem-solving skills can be valuable in the electrical grid sector, where the reliability and safety of electrical systems are critical.

  • Project management: You often manage large, complex projects with many stakeholders and moving parts. These project management skills can be useful in the electrical grid sector, where large infrastructure projects may require coordination with multiple stakeholders.

  • Safety and environmental compliance: You are well-versed in safety and environmental regulations and standards, and can apply this knowledge to ensure that electrical infrastructure in the electrical grid sector is safe and compliant with relevant regulations.
However, when using your Skilleon Passport, you will be able to oversee any possible lacking skills and you will be surprised how many Electrical Utility skills you have that fit perfectly within the Electrical Grids sector.
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Specialised Software Skills

What software are you familiar with?

You don't have to be experienced in all software , but here we show you some examples of the packages that are used by several companies in the Electric Grid sector. They are used to design, analyze, and optimize electrical systems for wind turbines. Maybe you already use some of these tools:

  • Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software:  SolidWorks, AutoCAD, and CATIA.

Electrical Grid Engineer Software
  • Simulation software: Software like PSCAD or MATLAB/Simulink is used to simulate and analyze the performance of electrical systems, including power generation, transmission, and distribution.

  • Protection coordination software: Software such as ETAP or SKM PowerTools is used to ensure that protective devices in electrical systems, such as circuit breakers and fuses, are coordinated and function properly.

  • Power system analysis software: Power system analysis software such as PowerWorld or DIgSILENT is used to analyze and optimize the performance of electrical power systems, including load flow, voltage stability, and transient stability.

  • SCADA and HMI software: SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) and HMI (Human-Machine Interface) software such as Wonderware or Ignition is used to monitor and control electrical systems, including power generation and distribution.

  • Asset management software: Such as IBM Maximo or SAP Plant Maintenance is used to manage the maintenance and operation of electrical infrastructure, including power generation and distribution equipment.
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Available roles through Skilleon

Your ambition counts

You can be a specialised Power Grids Electrical Engineer, which will be needed on every project, always. But you can also decide to look for more managerial roles. Here are some roles for Electrical Engineers:

  • Electrical Engineer: This is the most common position for electrical engineers in the Electric Grid industry. As an Electrical engineers you are responsible for the design, development, and maintenance of electrical systems and equipment.

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  • Power Systems Engineer: You are responsible for the design and analysis of electrical power systems, including generation, transmission, and distribution systems.

  • Field Engineer: You are responsible for the installation, testing, and maintenance of electrical equipment and systems in the field.

  • Project Manager: As a Project manager you are responsible for overseeing large infrastructure projects, including the design, construction, and commissioning of electrical power systems and equipment.

  • Operations Manager: As an Operations managers you are responsible for the day-to-day operation and maintenance of electrical power systems and equipment, including scheduling maintenance and repair activities.

  • System Planning Engineer: You are responsible for the planning and optimization of electrical power systems, including the design of new transmission and distribution lines, and the development of load forecasting models.

  • Control Systems Engineer: You are responsible for the design and implementation of control systems for electrical power systems, including SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems and other monitoring and control systems.
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What wages can I expect?

Average income

Salaries for electrical engineers in the electrical grids industry in the Netherlands and in Europe can vary depending on factors such as experience, location, and job responsibilities. Here are some rough estimates of average salaries in the Netherlands and in Europe (note: for freelancers the income will be considerably higher due to different employment conditions).

  • Electrical engineer in the Netherlands:

    • Entry-level electrical engineer: €35,000 to €50,000 per year
    • Mid-level electrical engineer: €50,000 to €80,000 per year
    • Senior-level electrical engineer: €80,000 to €120,000 or more per year
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  • Electrical engineer in Europe:

    • Entry-level electrical engineer: €30,000 to €50,000 per year
    • Mid-level electrical engineer: €50,000 to €90,000 per year
    • Senior-level electrical engineer: €90,000 to €130,000 or more per year
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Skilleon Passport, your entry to the Electrical Grids Industry

Skilleon makes your ambitions come true

You want to grow your career, move up in life, and find the path that leads you forward. You want to control it, like the professional you are.

What if electrical grid industry leading companies can give you this opportunity? And all you have to do is show them is skills, experience and ambition, to make your ambitions come true?

Grow your career in Electrical Grids

Which companies are involved?

Dream projects by various Power Grids companies

Do you want to work for the Power Grids Client? the Contractor? the Architect? In what kind of team? Nearby your home address, or rather within reach of the sunny beaches around the world? Do you want to deepen your existing skills or partly reskill or upskill your profile? 

The Power Grids clients we work for offer you the best projects with lot's of possibilities. We will conect you to them, on basis of your Skilleon Passport and your ambitions.

Skilleon Professionals executed projects for companies listed above.