What is Electrical Engineering?
Electrical engineering is a field of engineering that generally deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism.
What Do Electrical Engineers Do?
Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacturing of electrical equipment, such as electric motors, radar and navigation systems, communications systems, and power generation equipment. Electronics engineers design and develop electronic equipment, such as broadcast and communications systems—from portable music players to global positioning systems (GPS).
Electrical engineers work in industries as diverse as telecommunications, energy and electric power, semiconductors, aerospace, bioengineering, manufacturing, education and research, transportation and automotive, according to the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers. Examples of job responsibilities include:
- Expanding satellite communications for mobile telephone users (telecommunications)
- Developing electronics and power equipment for aircraft and spacecraft (aerospace)
- Designing life support systems (bioengineering)
- Designing and evaluating manufacturing techniques (manufacturing)
- Developing new amusement park rides (service industry)
- Teaching college or university courses related to electrical and electronics engineering (academia and research)