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Q: I write from India; currently I am in my last year of pre-university schooling. I am very interested in engineering, and especially automobile engineering. I am really interested in designing automobiles. What are the top engineering schools in the world where I could pursue these interests?

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Q: What the kind of courses are you taking?
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Q: Is it usually really hard to find a job once you've completed engineering studies in a college?
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Q: I am an undergraduate student studying toward a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) degree in electrical engineering.

(1) What kind of a pay should I expect from an internship at my second year?
(2) What kind of a pay should I expect to get from a job after I have completed my studies?

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Q: What do you like about environmental engineering?
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Q: I am sixteen years old. I would like to be an engineer in the telecommunication field. Please let me know about its scope and what it is all about.
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Q: What is a good strategy for building a strong weight-withstanding card house?

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Q: I am applying to a university and would like to get a part-time job so that I can work while I am in school? How would I maintain a good GPA while working?
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Q: I am currently doing a school project in which I am being interviewed as if ten years from now I am an electrical engineering being interviewed for a job. I would like to know what the requirements for obtaining a career as an electrical engineering. I would like to know what steps I need to take for that specific field. What kind of majors, certificates, etc., should I pursue?

A career in electrical engineering generally requires an education from a specialized school, college, or university. Depending on the nature of the job desired, a bachelor's or graduate degree is usually necessary.

A 1999 report by the National Science Foundation estimates that electrical engineers make up about one-fourth of all those employed as engineers. Most electrical engineers in the United States and Canada started their careers after earning a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in engineering from an accredited program that required four years of study (some universities award a Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Technology or Bachelor of Applied Science degree). In some European countries, typical engineering programs require five years of study. The general trend in Europe (based on the Bologna Declaration) is toward a program of three (3) years of studies toward a B.Sc. degree followed by two (2) years of studies toward a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree. Only M.Sc. holders are considered ready for engineering practice.

It is estimated that about 77% of practicing engineers with engineering degrees in the United States hold a B.Sc as their highest degree (requiring on average 4 years). 19% hold an M.Sc. (requiring additional 2 years on average), and the remaining 4% hold a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) (requiring on average 4 years of study after the B.Sc. degree). Most engineering jobs still require only a B.Sc. or equivalent. However, if you desire to do advanced development work, an M.Sc. is likely to be required; if you wish to engage in state of the art research, you probably would need a Ph.D. degree.

Electrical engineering major and its sub-disciplines

Electrical engineering is a broad academic field and is composed of many sub-disciplines. These sub-disciplines include (but are not limited to) power, control, electronics, microelectronics, signal processing, telecommunications, and computers. The diversity of the academic field is representative of the diversity of professional careers in electrical engineering, which range from the design and modeling of nano-scale electronic devices to the control of the US electric power grid. Computer engineering and electronics engineering are also closely related to electrical engineering.

Most universities offer curriculum tracks within their electrical engineering department that focus on individual sub-disciplines. You should select a track or sub-discipline based on the kinds of jobs that interest you.

Licensure

For careers that involve providing engineering services to the public, the applicant usually must be licensed as a professional engineer. In the United States, this requires (in addition to a degree from an accredited engineering program) four years of relevant work experience and passing a state exam. Although in general it is not necessary to attain the Professional Engineering (PE) license to practice engineering, it may be required in order to do certain kinds of government work or to review and approve designs. Some companies may require the license for promotion to management positions.


You might find some of the following links to be helpful

  • Guide to College Majors in Electrical Engineering, provided by worldwidelearn.com, provides a brief
    discussion of the field of Electrical Engineering, career planning advice, and information about
    Electrical Engineering degree programs and licensure.


  • IEEE Pre-University Education provides resources for pre-university students about education and career options in electrical,
    electronic, and computer engineering.


  • Electrical Engineering at Wikipedia provides information regarding electrical engineering. Note that entries in Wikipedia may be modified by users at any time, so reader caution is advised.


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    Q: I was wondering if it is hard to become an engineer? Even if it is hard, is it worth it? I am really getting interested in this field. I am 14 years old and hope to one day work as an engineer.
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    Q: I am an electronics and communications student and I am interested in learning more about communication systems of the future.
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    Q: Did you decide which engineering discipline to study during your first year in college? Or later?
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    Q: What study habits or skills would I need in order to do well in computer programming?
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    Q: Why did you decide to study engineering, and do you find the coursework allows much hands-on work?
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    Q: I am a community college student and I am trying to decide if I should transfer to a university that has both Engineering and Engineering Technology programs. However, I can't find the difference between Engineering and Engineering Technology. Could someone please explain the difference?
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    Q: How did you choose the school you went to for your degree? I'm having a hard time deciding…help!
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    Q: I am a junior in high school and all my life I have enjoyed building things, solving problems and drawing plans for various devices. After doing a little bit of construction with an engineer on a mission trip with church, I am pretty sure I want to go into engineering. My only problem is that when I understand math I love it, but there are times when I don’t understand it and then I can’t stand it. I am in Trig Analysis / Pre-calculus this year and I like solving the problems, but I still have mixed feelings. Do you or any students that you work with have the same problem and do you think it would be a big hindrance to me if I want to succeed in Civil Engineering?
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    Q: I am a third year student in a Bachelor of Technology program in India. I want to devote my career to the betterment of my country, India. What is the most useful path for a student like me to take in order to advance this cause?
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    Q: My friends tell me that it's better to find a roommate who is also studying engineering if I go into engineering — do you find this is true?

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    Q: I am a senior attending a small rural high school in the United States. I am very interested in majoring in Biological Systems Engineering in college. I would like to get some information on:

    1. the criteria you used in choosing an engineering college;
    2. the high school requirements that you had to fulfill in order to qualify;
    3. what is the most interesting impact that you feel that engineering brings to the world around us?


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    Q: I do not stay at a dorm at school; I commute everyday. Is it harder to find a club or activity to join if you are a commuter?
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    Q: I am a freshman in college and my major is Computer Engineering. I am taking an Introduction to Electrical Engineering class. Is it bad that I do not understand the topics discussed in class? We just started class and it seems like the other students all know what the teacher is talking about, but all the things I am interested in like computers, the hardware and how it operates are never discussed in this class.
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    Q: what does it take for somebody to become an Electrical or Electronics Engineer?
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    Q: I am in my 2nd year of electronics and telecommunication engineering and wanted to know about specializations. I am interested in electronics, robotics and automation and don't have a clear view about the courses offered related to my major and interests.
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    Q: What is the difference between Robotics and Mechatronics? Also, how does Mechanical and Automation Engineering differ from Mechanical Engineering?
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    Q: I am studying surveying and geoinformatics for my first degree, but want to major in aeronautical engineering for a Master degree. I dream, think and feel aeronautics all the time.

    Which US university should I apply to?

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    Q: Can you provide a website where I can download a MATLAB windkessel model?
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    Q: BACKGROUND: We live in Sierra Vista, AZ, about 70 miles SE of Tucson. My 17 year old son is a high school senior and wants to become an engineer, but is still undecided which engineering sub-category he wants to specialize in. He is interested in robotics and maybe nanotechnology. He has taken Advanced Placement classes in English, Mathematics and Physics. He already has earned some college credit by signing up for Dual-Credit classes. We are split over 2 options: 1) having him attend for the first 2 years a community college which has a 2-year Pre-Engineering Program, and then have him attend a traditional university for the last 2 years of college; or 2) having him start as a freshman in a traditional 4-year institution.

    QUESTIONS:

    What, if any, are the pros and cons of both options? Is there an industry bias out there when it comes to hiring an applicant who either completed a 4 year program right away or first did a 2 year program and then finished up a 4 year program?

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    Q: I am a first year engineering student. Could you please recommend some books that helped you when you were freshmen?
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    Q: I am a student of mechanical engineering, in my final year toward a baccalaureate degree. I recently developed interest in the field of chemical engineering. How should I proceed?
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    Q: I am a senior in electrical engineering at the University of Texas in El Paso (UTEP), and am interested in a Co-op job for Summer 2007. Where do I look for such a job?
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    Q: I am about to take several exams - what is the best way to study?
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    Q: How much homework do you have?
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    Q: Hi, I'm a current engineering student (I have an A.A. in Pre-engineering) pursuing an electrical/computer engineering degree and would like to know what school supplies will be needed for a Junior engineering student. Also what type of computer would be recommended.
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    Q: How hard are the courses…I hear it's really tough!
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    Q: If you had to do it all over again, would you be studying engineering?
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    Q: How did you decide which university to attend? Did you apply to several?

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