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Why Electrical Engineering?

Electrical engineering is a rapidly changing field and having a master’s degree in electrical engineering will provide with up-to-date skills and industry knowledge to succeed in the field.

Since modern automobiles and aircraft are dependent on electrical systems, these industries have offered electrical engineers plenty of careers. A master’s in electrical engineering will also give you the technical knowledge and leadership abilities to advance into supervisory and corporate positions.

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Is Electrical Engineering for me?

Electrical engineers can work for commercial, industrial, medical, military or research industries, either developing new products and systems or evaluating and improving existing systems. Sub-disciplines of electrical engineering aren’t limited to any one industry and include:

  • Power generation, transmission and distribution systems
  • Robotics and automation
  • Control system components such as circuits, digital signal processors, microcontrollers and programmable logic controls (PLCs)
  • Electronics design, including resistors, inductors, capacitors, circuit boards and transistors
  • Communications systems including television, radio, wireless, radar and GPS
  • Computerized instrumentation
  • Microelectronics and nanoelectronics design and fabrication
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Possible Career paths

  • Electrical Designer

    Electrical engineers can work in design for many industries as electrical designers, where they develop technical drawings using software platforms such as AutoCAD Electrical, create and maintain project documentation and support electronics assemblers during the development and build processes.

  • Electrical Engineer – HVAC Equipment

    Electrical engineers working with HVAC equipment will be responsible for the design and development of the electrical aspects of a project, including creating schematics, troubleshooting and testing and quality checking. They can work on power supplies, I/O hardware, integration of mechanical and digital systems and electrical controls.

  • Electrical Engineer – Power Generation

    Electrical engineers in the energy sector often work in power generation, where they conduct programs to design, test, investigate and qualify power generation systems including nuclear and alternative energy. These engineers can also work on reverse engineering and related investigation of parts and system components and investigate incidents of service failure.

  • Automotive System Quality Engineering Specialist

    Electrical engineers specializing in automotive electrical systems manage service quality projects, generate technical reports on quality and manufacturing processes, conduct data analysis of warranty claims and field reports to identify problem causes and generate service publications. These jobs can include field and factory visits for technical investigations and quality assessments.

  • Manager, Electrical Systems

    In a managerial role, electrical engineers are responsible for the planning, direction, operation and maintenance of a facility’s electrical system, including photovoltaic or energy storage systems, emergency power distribution systems, diesel generators, emergency and grounds lighting systems, among others. This includes overseeing the maintenance, improvement and repair of system components, meeting all health, safety and environmental regulations and providing training for staff.

  • Avionics Electrical Wiring Designer

    Electrical engineers designing electrical wiring for aircraft will work on product development teams to design and integrate wire harnesses with existing structures and systems, create schematics, 3D models and wiring diagrams, create entries in component libraries and support testing and analysis of components and systems.

  • Director of Engineering

    Electrical engineers at the corporate level lead teams responsible for conceptualization, design, development and testing of a company’s products. They will hold the strategic role of ensuring that design groups develop products on time and on budget, track technical progress, R&D funding and spending and are responsible for hiring engineers to fill technical competence needs, communicating with all teams and departments.

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