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According to Kenyan Entrepreneur, a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering is the 3rd highest-paying degree in the world. What does that mean to you?

Look around, there’s at least an electronic device. Whether you are working with a manufacturing company, a medical specialist, a journalist or even a public transport driver, electrical engineers are involved at nearly every step from design to implementation for the electronic devices and systems you use daily. We can almost say that electrical engineering contributes, on some level, to nearly everything we do.

“Though it is a fun profession to be in, it’s like working with the military,” says Kevin Mawia, a recent graduate of Electrical and Communication Engineering. He says that one might get injured on duty, and it’s purely accident. “Others have also died from electrocution”, he adds recalling how he survived death from falling off a telephone mast, working as an intern.

All that said, a degree in Electrical Engineering comes with mostly good things tied around it. Therefore, what more can you do with it? You can be anything you want. First, hold that thought about Kenya Power power first.


1. Electrician

This post is, perhaps, one of the most common slots available. Hotels, office buildings and residential apartments are in constant need of electrical maintenance. Though some electricians are self-employed, others can search for positions in organisations that offer a more permanent client base. One post at the Fairmont requires candidates to oversee the installation, repair and maintenance of the hotel’s equipment, lighting fixtures and other electrical fittings.

Elijah Mutisya holds a Higher Diploma in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Kenya Polytechnic. He is an freelance electrician and is making good money. “I look for contracts and projects physically, but a single project can pay my bills for up to three months,” he says.


2. Test Engineer

As the name suggests, this post requires applicants to analyse and examine electronic equipment. Responsibilities include creating tests for a particular product and suggesting ways to make it more efficient. In which case, you could apply for a job as a Test Engineer at Kinetic Controls Ltd or any other organization that would require your skill set.

In this post, you might find yourself rubbing shoulders with the high and mighty in the corporate world. “We have telecommunication services that serve major telecommunication companies such as Huawei, Alcatel, Safaricom, Orange – Telkom Kenyand many more,” says Kinetic Controls.


3. Electrical Technician

As an Electrical Technician, you can get a job with any broadcast media house. A similar post with the Kenyan branch of Adpak International would get you a salary of up to KES 27,000. Your responsibilities would include the repair and maintenance of air-conditioning installations as well as analyzing and rectifying electrical faults in a building’s electrical system.


4. Sales Engineer

This position is mostly available in electronic retail outlets like Hot Point Appliances and Atlas Copco. It requires a bit of knowledge in sales but focuses mainly on a background in electronic engineering. One post, in particular, comes with a monthly salary of KES 40,000.


5. Service Engineer

As a Service Engineer, you can find employment in a variety of organisations including telecommunication companies and the building and construction industry.  Your job requires you to maintain and repair machines like computers and other field-related equipment.

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