What is Electrical Engineering?

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What is Electrical Engineering?

Electrical Engineers apply the physics and mathematics of electrical, electronics, and electromagnetism to large and small scale systems to transmit energy or process information. Successful students will need to have a strong grasp on computer programming, numerical analysis, engineering mechanics, and materials. Electrical engineers use these problem solving techniques to research, design and develop computers, electrical devices, communication, and robotic systems. 

What do Electrical Engineers do? 

Electrical Engineers design, manage, and develop new electrical devices and equipment. Engineers can work on a broad range of things. Ranging from navigation systems, supercomputers, or house wiring.

A degree in electrical engineering qualifies you for a job in almost all industries. Seeing as though most industries use electrical devices in someway Electrical Engineers are a necessity.

Electrical engineers also heavily rely on CAD(Computer-Aided Design) to design schematics and the layouts of circuits. Meaning engineers have the ability to then run multiple simulations of electronic systems on computers. 

Career opportunities

Electrical Engineering graduates are qualified for employment in a wide variety of organizations, both public and private. For example, recent graduates have taken positions with the following: American Precision Avionics, Banner, Cybertrol, Edison-tech, Enbridge, Nilfisk, Open Systems, and Oshkosh Corp..

UMD's most recent graduate follow-up report for Electrical engineering shows a 96% placement rate for our graduates. Meaning that almost all of the graduates finishing our program find a career or are enrolled in graduate school.