With an electrical engineering degree from MSOE, put your knowledge of digital and analog circuits, programming, microcontrollers, fuzzy logic, robotics and optical communications to work on emerging technologies like cloud computing, smart grids and electric vehicles, to name a few.
Electrical engineers research, develop, design, analyze, build and test the deployment of electrical systems and electronic devices—everything from microprocessor chips to large, complex power systems. They may work on the design of telecommunication systems, the operation of electric power stations, the lighting and wiring of buildings, the design of household appliances or the electrical control of industrial machinery. The ever-growing demand for new and improved electronic technologies makes EE among the fastest-growing engineering fields.
At MSOE, you’ll start taking EE courses as early as freshman year. The program places a strong emphasis on projects and laboratory implementation, reinforcing the theory and essential skills of teamwork and communication. EE students have the option to study abroad their junior year or participate in a five-year co-op program.
The broad range of applications and projects that EEs work on give you flexibility when choosing a career path. Furthermore, MSOE’s close proximity to major electronic and electrical industries allows for numerous opportunities for internships or work on industry-sponsored senior design projects.
The placement rate for MSOE electrical engineering graduates was 95% in 2013-14, and graduates enjoyed an average starting salary of $59,180.
EE graduates started great careers with companies like:
- Caterpillar Inc.
- Intel Corp.
- Johnson Controls
- GE Healthcare
- Georgia Pacific
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
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.
Your mathematics and physics courses become more complex sophomore year, as you take even more electrical engineering-focused courses.
Your junior year consists almost entirely of EE courses, including dynamic systems, electric and magnetic fields and electromagnetic waves, to name a few.
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.
Dr. Richard Kelnhofer, P.E.