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 Area of Specialization
- Circuit Designer*
- Control Engineer*
- Power Systems Engineer*
- Communications Engineer*
- Robotics 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
- Federal/state/local governments
- Aeronautical/aerospace industry
- Chemical industry
- Construction industry
- Electronics industry
- Food and beverage industry
- Water/waste water industry
- Machine tool design industry
- Consulting firms
- Armed Forces
- Automotive industry
- Computer industry
- Defense industry
- Environmental industry
- Transportation industry
- Nuclear 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.
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