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Electrical Engineering Degree

BS in Electrical Engineering

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org

Electrical engineers design, develop, test and supervise the manufacturing of electrical equipment such as electric motors, radar and navigation systems, communications systems, or power generation equipment. Others design the electrical systems of automobiles and aircraft and broadcast and communications systems, from portable music players to global positioning systems (GPS). Many also work in areas closely related to computer hardware.

The work of electrical engineers and electronics engineers is often similar. Both use engineering and design software and equipment to perform engineering tasks. Electronics engineers who work for the federal government research, develop and evaluate electronic devices used in diverse technologies, such as aviation, computing, transportation and manufacturing. They work on satellites, flight systems, radar and sonar systems, and communications systems.

BS Electrical Engineering Degree (Computer Option)

The computer option in the Electrical Engineering program applies the principles of both electrical engineering and computer science to the design of computers and digital systems, focusing on the interface between hardware and system software.

Course Listings Electrical Engineering Degree Requirements

Career Potential in Electrical Engineering:

The median annual wage for electrical engineers was $94,210 in May 2016. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $59,720, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $149,040.

The median annual wage for electronics engineers, except computer was $99,210 in May 2016. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $63,760, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $155,330.

In May 2016, the median annual wages for electrical engineers in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

Research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences $113,100
Semiconductor and other electronic component manufacturing 100,450
Navigational, measuring, electromedical, and control instruments manufacturing 96,130
Electric power generation, transmission and distribution 92,570
Engineering services 91,790

In May 2016, the median annual wages for electronics engineers, except computer in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

Federal government, excluding postal service $107,510
Navigational, measuring, electromedical, and control instruments manufacturing 105,880
Semiconductor and other electronic component manufacturing 99,760
Engineering services 99,160
Telecommunications 92,380

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Electrical and Electronics Engineers, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/electrical-and-electronics-engineers.htm

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