Because electrical connectors are necessary for every electronic device electrical connector engineering and manufacturing are fast growing industries. Electrical engineers design USB connectors, power cables and other cables and connectors for use in electronic devices. They work to adapt existing technologies for use in new personal and industrial applications.
An electronics company typically employs several electrical engineers who work on specific device components or as a team to design new connectors to fit with emerging technologies. Electrical engineers may specialize in certain connectors such as terminal blocks or insulation displacement connectors or help to develop new connectors such as the relatively new USB connector.
Electrical engineers typically hold a four year degree as a Bachelor of Engineering or a Bachelor of Technology. They must have a solid knowledge of mathematics and computer science as well as specific knowledge of electronic mechanisms such as circuit theory.
Electrical connector manufacturing companies employ electrical engineers as well as assembly specialists. Assembly specialists put together circuit panels and various connector components as well as crimp ring terminal lugs onto wires and insert connectors into completed devices.
Consumer safety is a top priority for electronics manufacturers as many electrical connectors plug directly into powerful high voltage wall socket outlets. Improperly manufactured or assembled devices pose a significant safety risk to consumers. Companies expend much energy in conducting extensive safety testing to avoid accidents and subsequent product recalls.
Electronic device service and repair is another growing industry. Device repair often requires dis-assembly of electrical connectors, wire stripping, and circuit analysis. While there is no specific training for electrical connector repair a good understanding of electrical connectors and attention to safety are very important.
As technology continues to advance, jobs involving the development, manufacture, and repair of electrical connectors and related components will continue to multiply.