Electrical engineers deal with the application of electricity, from small circuitry to high-voltage power generation and supply networks. With traditional power generation at the centre of the global warming issues, electrical engineers are now at the forefront of developing renewable energy systems and super-efficient electrical devices that aim to reduce our energy demands.
You’ll learn about circuits, electronic design, microprocessors, power generation, analogue and digital intelligent control (such as on-board computers in cars, aircraft or trains), ‘fuzzy logic’ systems, and instrumentation (such as digital temperature and pressure gauges). You’ll graduate with practical skills in hardware and software that enable you to design and build electronics systems.
You can work in any of the areas suggested for the Flexible major, plus find opportunities with:
- car, aircraft and train manufacturers
- defence agencies and military hardware manufacturers
- energy companies, including sustainable energy providers
- biomedical and health engineering companies
- electronic component manufacturers for consumer products such as mobiles, household appliances and smart technology
- other electrical technology companies
You’re also likely to work closely with mechanical, mechatronic and software engineers, and will find opportunities in many of the areas suggested for those majors.