Electrical Engineering

What Is an Electrical Engineering Degree?

Electrical engineering plays a critical role in society today as we search for new, more power-efficient and environmentally-friendly ways to power our world. Electrical engineering is in the forefront of consumers and legislative minds, with the most powerful nations around the globe individually and collectively trying to find ways to meet an energy demand constantly on the rise.

Electrical engineering is a science that harnesses electrical power, and designs and implements safe and efficient ways to generate and transmit this power throughout populated and, if needed, unpopulated areas. Electrical engineering also works with electromagnetism, the science that studies the forces running between electrically charged particles.

Without electrical engineering, we would not have inventions that we take for granted every day. Without electrical engineering, the 19th and 20th centuries would not have communicated via telegraph, we would not have electricity in our homes and public and work places, nor would we know what a telephone is. These inventions were just a preview to the astounding field of electrical engineering and what electrical engineers can do.

Students wishing to work with electricity, particularly those interested in finding new ways to power our planet without harming it, should pursue their higher education degree in electrical engineering. This degree will prepare students for entry into a very complex and methodical science. One, however, that has proven over centuries to be one of the greatest discoveries of mankind.

Electrical Engineering Job Opportunities

Students who successfully earn the electrical engineering degree are ready to work as electrical engineers performing a variety of engineering and scientific functions.

Electrical engineers take an electrical system and figure how it will operate safely, efficiently, cost-effectively and sustainably within the environment in which it will operate. Today’s electrical engineer must consider far more than just how the electrical system functions.

Electrical engineers must work together with governments and organisations to ensure the systems they design and maintain meet acceptable criteria for both public and environmental needs. As such, these engineers are hands-on from the initial concept to the final product, with an emphasis on perfection the entire way.

Graduating electrical engineers usually begin their careers within a salary range of £20,000 to £25,000, depending on where they work.

An experienced engineer will earn more, usually bringing home anywhere from £28,000 to £38,000, again, depending on where the engineer works, and also how many years he or she has been working in the field.

Electrical Engineering Curriculum

Electrical engineering students will focus their studies on electrical theories and the various disciplines of the field. Mathematics and psychics are a must in this curriculum, as are analytical skills and technology. Students will study in both the classroom and laboratory, designing and building their own electrical engineering projects. This gives students the knowledge and confidence they need to enter into this complex field.

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