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Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineers apply the laws of electrical energy and the principals of engineering to the generation, transmission and use of electricity. As an electrical engineer, you will design everything from generating systems in dams to the smallest of electrical circuits in spacecraft.

Representative Job Titles and Areas of Specialization

Circuit Designer* Communications Engineer*
Control Engineer* Robotics Engineer*
Power Systems Engineer* Electronics Technician
* See Training section

Nature of the Work


There are four well-defined branches of electrical engineering:
  • Those who specialize in power are involved in the generating of, transmission, distribution and application of power from such sources as water, fossil fuel, nuclear, and solar energy.
  • Those specializing in communications design systems that receive, transmit and deliver information into audio and video forms.
  • Electronics engineers develop and implement computer systems and enhance electronic aids like heart monitors.
  • Those who specialize in control systems design such products as automatic regulators, guidance systems and robotics controls.

Places of Employment

Universities and colleges Consulting firms
Federal/state/local governments Armed Forces
Aeronautical/aerospace industry Automotive industry
Chemical industry Computer industry
Construction industry Defense industry
Electronics industry Environmental industry
Food and beverage industry Transportation industry
Water/waste water industry Nuclear Industry
Machine tool design industry  


Most of the jobs listed above may be obtained with a bachelor's degree depending on the type of coursework you completed and experience you gained as an undergrad. Positions designated by an asterisk usually require advanced degrees. If you want to teach and do perform research at a university, you will need a Ph.D.

For further information and/or career counseling contact the UCR Career Center, (951) 827-3631.

Supplemental Material

The following documents may provide further ideas for exploration.

More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
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Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

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