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Electrical/ electronic engineering is one of the largest branches of engineering. A man named William Gilbert – inventor of a device used to detect statically-charged items – is given credit for first creating the term ’electricity’ in the 17th century. Since then, electrical/ electronic engineering has come a long way, and expanded enormously.

Although electrical and electronic engineers are two closely related disciplines, there are some differences. Electronic engineering is actually a specialty within electrical engineering. Electrical engineering covers the problems associated with large-scale electrical systems like motor control and power transmission, while electronic engineering deals with small-scale electronic systems like integrated circuits and computers.

There are several subdisciplines of electrical engineering, which include:

  • Power engineering
  • Control engineering
  • Microelectronics engineering
  • Telecommunications engineering
  • Computer engineering
  • Signal processing engineering

The possibilities of what can be build by electrical and electronic engineers is endless: electric motors, vehicles, aircraft, control and transmission devices, power generation, lights and wiring in buildings, controls of machinery, broadcast and telecommunication systems, and more. Electrical/ electronic engineers can even create global positioning systems (GPS) to pinpoint the location of a moving vehicle by using enormous electrical power generators!

Education Courses in Electrical/ Electronic Engineering

An education in electrical and electronic engineering often runs for four to five years. Degrees earned can be in electrical engineering, science, applied science, or technology. Education programs in electrical/ electronic engineering often include studies in mathematics, computer science, physics, and project management. Emphasis is placed on computer literacy, numerical skills, and the ability to understand the technical language and concepts relating to electrical and electronic engineering.

There are a variety of study options available worldwide within Electrical/ Electronic Engineering:

Careers in Electrical/ Electronic Engineering

Careers in electrical and electronic engineering are made up of a combination of technical work, determining project schedules, preparing budgets, and discussing proposals with clients. Electrical and electronic engineers may supervise other engineers, computer programmers, or scientists, and can often be found at work on-site, in a laboratory environment, or in an office of a consulting firm, for example.