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Electrical Engineering

What is Electrical Engineering?

Electrical Engineering deals with the engineering problems, opportunities and needs of electrical, electronics, computer, telecommunications, and related industries. The discipline focuses on the design and manufacture of electrical and computer technologies and their component parts, as well as on the integration of components into complex systems. The electrical sector includes telecommunications, electronics, biomedical, power generation, industrial product and high-tech companies.

The electrical sector is continually advancing and giving rise to new opportunities. For example, new challenges include more advanced telecommunications networks (including wireless and the Internet), powerful computers (with more memory and lower cost), and electric vehicles.

What do Electrical Engineers do?

Electrical engineers focus on the analysis, design, development and manufacturing of electrical equipment, systems and networks. The activities of electrical engineers also include computer engineering, the development of electronics and mechatronics technologies and the design of automation and control systems.

Electrical engineers also deal with power generation and transmission systems, and focus on their quality and reliability so that blackouts and other problems can be avoided. Electrical engineers often work closely with other members of technical teams to help find ways to bring their designs to fruition, while accounting for such factors as cost, quality, reliability and appearance.

What types of careers do Electrical Engineers find?

With the rapid advances in technology and growing demand for electrical engineers, electrical engineering is expected to remain one of the most sought-after disciplines in engineering. Power plants, industrial equipment manufacturers, telecommunication companies, biomedical engineering firms and government agencies all employ electrical engineers. There are many areas of employment for our graduates, who will be highly qualified in research and development, systems engineering and integration, and engineering economics, and have the expertise to work productively and independently as engineers and to manage effectively the work of others

Electrical engineers can find opportunities in any number of fields, including:
  • telecommunications networks
  • wireless transmission systems
  • computer hardware and software design
  • integrated circuits and micro-electronics
  • laser technology and photonics
  • speech, image and video signal processing
  • industrial automation and robotics
  • biomedicine
  • industrial process control
  • electrical power generation and distribution
  • design and operation of industrial machinery

Program Description

The Electrical Engineering program provides graduates with the knowledge and skills required to carry out engineering work for a wide range of electrical and computer companies and for the many industries that use electrical and computer products. Developed in consultation with industry, the Electrical Engineering curriculum provides a solid grounding in fundamentals, with significant content in engineering sciences and engineering design.

In the first year, you study mathematics, sciences, computing and technical communications — courses that represent the foundation building blocks of most engineering programs. In the second year, you cover, in addition to advanced mathematics, fundamental engineering courses like electronics, digital systems, electromagnetics, and algorithms and data structures. In the third and fourth year, you study a range of applied and advanced electrical engineering courses including computer architecture, signals and systems, circuit design, microprocessors, power systems, computer networks, digital communications, and control systems.

Complementary studies, including collaborative leadership, economics, and ethics and law for professionals, promote a broader understanding of the needs of society and technology’s impact on it. Students gain technical expertise along with the understanding of business and humanities required for an integrated approach to the electrical and computer industry.

View the Program Map for Electrical Engineering here.

What is Smart Grid specialization?

The Smart Grid specialization leverages communications and networking technology to move our aging power grid into the 21st century.  You will study all aspects of the smart grid, including networking and security, smart metering, electric energy storage systems, power quality, and transportation electrification.

View the Program Map for the Smart Grid specialization here.

Engineering and Management Program

The Engineering and Management combination programs meet the rapidly increasing need for engineers with the leadership skills to succeed in business and management. Students can choose to complement their technical studies in this engineering program with business and management courses by opting for the five-year Engineering and Management program that corresponds to this discipline.