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What is an Engineer?

Power Engineers

Electrical Power Engineer

The engineer is responsible for the practical application of scientific knowledge and mathematical principles to the development of products or the solution of problems of a technical nature for the benefit of society.

Engineering is creative, pulling together our knowledge of the world and how it works, to develop new products or solutions. The successful development of a quality product or the solution to a technical problem can be very satisfying whether working as an individual or as part of a team.

In applying scientific knowledge, the engineer must take into account various non-technical aspects of a design such as its usefulness to the end-user, its quality, reliability, time to complete development, and cost. There are often conflicts between competing criteria such as the cost and quality aspects of a design, so engineers must  use their training and experience try to produce the best solution possible within these real world constraints.

The engineer has a great deal of responsibility for management of development projects, and therefore must exercise leadership. This requires extensive interpersonal skills, the ability to work within a team, and the ability to communicate clearly and unambiguously with a wide range of customers, accountants, lawyers, technicians, and business people to name but a few.

The engineer's responsible position also requires the development of a set of ethical principles. Such principles are set down by the engineering professional associations, but require personal application. This may well be the most difficult part of an engineer's career. Professional ethics requires not only ethical behaviour towards individuals, but also to hold professional responsibilities above the demands of employers or customers.

School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE

Level 3 (Room 3.26), Ingkarni Wardli Building
SA 5005 AUSTRALIA

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