What is Electrical Engineering?

What career opportunities are there in this field?

There are endless opportunities for electrical engineers.

Employment fields include:

  • Power generation and distribution
  • Industrial electrical plant design and manufacture
  • Control systems management
  • Telecom providers such as Telstra, Optus, Unwired, Vodafone, AAPT and vendors like Motorola, Sony-Ericson, Nokia, NEC
  • Computer companies such as Microsoft, IBM, Google
  • Network management
  • Multimedia and IT companies
  • Design of biomedical equipment and telecom devices
  • Military and defence applications
  • Start-up companies specialising in the application of new technologies to new products and services, in a range of areas such as telecommunications and wireless electronics, internet services, biomedical instrumentation.

And areas you may not immediately consider – engineering involves technical expertise and high-level project management skills which can lead to careers in technology development and business management. Combined programs with Science, Arts, Commerce, Medical Science and Law can lead to further rewards and challenges. Many of our graduates take up the challenge of starting their own businesses, providing engineering services, consulting, or working in related areas.

What is Electrical Engineering?

Electrical Engineering is about the research, design, development, manufacturing and management of complex hardware and software systems and reliable cost-effective devices, many involving the use of new information and computer-intensive technologies.

The Electrical Engineering course at the University of Sydney is designed to be flexible with foundation material in the early years and the later years encouraging students to specialise in any of a variety of fields within the discipline, including biomedical engineering, energy engineering and automatic control.

The final years offer electives in management, and numerous modern, high-technology disciplines including microelectronics, image processing, telecommunications, photonics, power electronics, real time control, energy and biomedical engineering. Students can also specialise in telecommunications, software, power, or computer engineering, but in a more generalist style than in the separate degrees.

What will you learn and how will it be applied in the real world?

At the University of Sydney your first three years of study of electrical engineering will give you a strong background in the core skills of electrical circuits, electronics and computer systems, signals and communications, power systems, control, energy systems and management. Your engineering knowledge will range from the scale of the microcircuits in a cpu  to energy flows on the national power grid.

Years three and four enable you to specialise, and in year four you will undertake practical experience and an Honours thesis or engineering project.

You will apply your knowledge in projects such as:

  • Control techniques - sensorless, fuzzy, neural
  • Machines and drives: magnetic design, machine dynamic and steady-state performance, rapid parameter identification,
  • Computer systems, data and telecommunication networks including the Internet
  • Biomedical instruments and applications, such as body area networks, medical imaging scanners, bionic ears and eyes, heart pumps, pacemakers and hearing aids
  • Mobile telecommunications and wireless networks
  • Optical and microwave communications
  • Integrated electronic systems
  • Advanced robotics and intelligent machines
  • Image and signal processing systems
  • Generation and transmission of electric power and renewable energy systems
  • “Smart” systems which monitor and maintain themselves
  • High-voltage engineering: measurement techniques, electrical insulation, condition monitoring of power equipment with particular emphasis on partial discharge, surges and transients, lightning.

Industry Links

Some subjects feature industry experts who provide guest lectures on hot topics. These specialists provide inside knowledge of the technologies organisations are using, and technical rationale behind real world decision making. Industry experts can answer questions first hand and provide valuable insight into the qualities companies look for in graduates.

In addition, the projects and industrial placements you undertake during the course of your degree will give you connections , networks , summer placements and job opportunities which will prove invaluable in your career.

Further information

For information about Electrical Engineering contact:

School of Electrical and Information Engineering

email: eie.admin@sydney.edu.au

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