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A Career Guide for the Electrical Engineering Major


Electrical Engineering majors learn to design and manufacture a broad array of electrical and electronic devices and systems to meet society's needs.

Programs in the electrical engineering major normally contain mathematics, basic sciences, humanities, social sciences, engineering science and design, and electives. The programs also typically stress analysis and design. Related programs in electrical engineering technology normally apply engineering methods and technical skills, emphasizing the development of hands-on skills.

The following Interests and Aptitudes/Qualities are associated with or needed for success in the study of this major.

Interests
  • Computer languages
  • Electronic applications
  • Mathematics/the physical sciences
  • Computer games
  • Scientific/computer applications
  • Robotics
  • Computer programming
  • Problem solving
  • Working with ideas
Aptitudes
  • Working knowledge of electronic functions
  • Ability to apply acquired knowledge in an ethical/responsible manner
  • Detail oriented
  • Multi-task oriented
  • Ability to work independently/in groups
  • Creative thinking
  • Good concentration skills
  • Logical thinking
  • Computer literacy
  • Analytical reasoning
  • Good manual dexterity
  • Ability to deal with distractions
  • Curiosity

CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS


The BSEE degree requires 128 credits of course work, which normally can be completed in four years, including two summers. Students may complete the entire program at FAU or may transfer credits from another institution.

Course work includes 6 credits of English composition, 18 credits of humanities and social science, 34 credits of math and basic science (calculus, differential equations, advanced math, physics and chemistry), 67 credits of engineering topics and a course in scientific computer programming. Students interested in the Electrical Engineering major should discuss their proposed program with departmental advisors to be sure that courses are being taken in the proper sequence.

The program culminates in a senior project in which the student proposes, designs, constructs, tests and presents a project which is based on the materials covered in engineering courses. Many students list their senior project topic on their resume.


OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES


The following are examples of positions often held by Electrical Engineering graduates:

Industry:

Design Engineer
Sales Engineer
Test Engineer
Technical Manager
Production Engineer
Training Engineer
Software Engineer
Control Engineer
Power Engineer
Systems Engineer

Government:

Technical program manager
Research engineer
Technical advisor

Education:

Professor
Research Engineer
Lab support Engineer

Entertainment:

Lighting Engineer
Control Engineer
Audio Engineer
Special Effects Engineer

Commerce/Other

Patent Attorney
Physician
Consulting Engineer

Note: Some of the above professions will require advanced study or training.


FOR MORE INFORMATION


For information about choosing a career, graduate/ professional school, internships or job descriptions, and for career library resources, contact:

Career Development Center
Boca Raton Campus - Student Services Building, Room 220 (SU 220)
561-297-3533

Davie Campus - Modular G
954-236-1214

Jupiter Campus - SR 110
561-799-8010

For information about choosing a major and concentration and degree requirements, contact:

College of Engineering & Computer Science
Boca Raton Campus, Science & Engineering Building Room 308, (SE 308)
561-297-2680

Department of Electrical Engineering
Boca Raton Campus, Science & Engineering Building Room 456, (SE 456)
561-297-3410


The Career Guide series was developed by the Florida Atlantic University Career Development Center, Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Undergraduate Programs, and in cooperation with the College of Engineering and the Department of Electrical Engineering.

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