Electrical Engineering

  • Overview
  • Program Details

Contrary to popular belief, the field of electrical engineering is about much more than simply sitting in front of a circuit board. Through their work, electrical engineers make a difference in the world and improve people’s everyday lives.

With an electrical engineering degree from MSOE, you will obtain the skills needed to design and develop a wide array of electrical systems and electronic devices: from communication systems that allow us to talk with family and friends all over the world, to medical equipment that could help save lives, to renewable energy systems that could make our world more sustainable. The ever-growing demand for new and improved electronic technologies makes EE one of the fastest-growing engineering fields.

At MSOE, you’ll start taking EE courses as early as freshman year. You will be able to work on interesting and hands-on projects and labs, providing you with practical experience in the field as well as helping you further develop your teamwork and communication skills. EE students also have the opportunity to participate in a five-year co-op program.

After you graduate, the possibilities of where you could go with your degree are endless. The broad range of applications and projects that EEs work on provides you with much flexibility when choosing a career path. Milwaukee is also home to many major electronic and electrical industries eager to hire electrical engineers from MSOE or to sponsor senior design projects.

The results

The placement rate for MSOE electrical engineering graduates was 95% in 2015-16, and graduates enjoyed an average starting salary of $63,178.

EE graduates started great careers with companies like:

  • Astronautics Corporation of America
  • Cree Lighting
  • GE Healthcare
  • Johnson Controls
  • J. W. Speaker
  • LSR
  • Milwaukee Tool
  • Plexus
  • Rockwell Automation
  • Rockwell Collins
  • We Energies

The field

Electrical engineers work with very small things like integrated circuits, which control virtually every electronic item in the home and industry, all the way up to large things like the electric power grid that stretches across the nation. Electrical engineers also use and interact with computers, mostly on the hardware side.

Today, most electrical engineering work involves the use of computers and it is common to use computer-aided design programs when designing electrical systems. They work in a wide variety of fields on a wide variety of projects, doing everything from discussing proposals with clients, preparing budgets and determining project schedules. Many senior engineers manage a team of technicians or other engineers, meaning project management skills are important.

You may want to consider EE if you …

  • Are able to do mathematics and detailed work with accuracy
  • Enjoy using computers and working in a team environment
  • Possess strong written and oral communication skills

Curriculum Year by Year

Freshman Year

Hone your basic knowledge of mathematics, chemistry and physics while taking introductory EE classes like Linear Circuits. You’ll also work on your written and oral communication skills.

Junior Year

Your junior year consists almost entirely of EE courses, including dynamic systems, electric and magnetic fields and electromagnetic waves, to name a few.

Sophomore Year

A highlight of this year will be building an autonomous robot. Your mathematics and physics courses become more complex sophomore year, as you take even more electrical engineering-focused courses.

Senior Year

You’ll have the opportunity to take more elective courses senior year while also completing your senior design project as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Studying Abroad

EE students have the exciting opportunity to Study abroad in Lubeck, Germany their junior year. If you decide you would like to spend a year studying in another country, planning would begin your freshman year and changes to your curriculum track would be made your sophomore year to accommodate.


This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. Read more here.

Program Director

Dr. Richard Kelnhofer, P.E.
Assistant Professor


Program Educational Objectives

Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the academic program is preparing the graduates to achieve. The electrical engineering program is preparing graduates to attain the following objectives within a few years of graduation:

  • Be productive and successful in their chosen career field by assuming greater degrees of responsibility and/or assuming leadership roles
  • Actively participate in the affairs of their profession and continue with their professional development

Student Outcomes

Student outcomes are narrower statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. In support of the program objectives, graduates of the EE program will have:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • an ability to communicate effectively.
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context.
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning.
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  • an ability to apply knowledge of probability and statistics to electrical engineering
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