Are you wired to be an Electrical Engineer?
- Do you want to build a better world? A world that is healthier, more sustainable, more energy efficient, safer, better connected, and prosperous?
- Do you have an interest in the latest electrical and electronic technologies? Wish they worked differently and think you can make them better?
- Do you want an electrifying, high-paying job?
- Do you enjoy solving technical, mathematical or scientific problems?
- Are you creative, innovative and think outside the box?
If you have answered yes to most of these questions, then electrical engineering might be for you! Electrical engineering is an exciting technical field, essential to today's modern life. As an electrical engineer, you'll use your creative problem-solving and teamwork skills to work on real-world problems. During your career, you'll see the results of your efforts and witness the ways the electrical and electronic systems, devices and components you have designed and built impact society.
Electrical Engineering Career Options
Electrical engineers are found working in almost every technical field: health care and biomedical, the environment, entertainment, traditional fields like telecommunications, energy and power systems, and automotive or aerospace. You're sure to find an area in which you can excel. In the United States, over 25% of engineering jobs are in electrical engineering.
It's challenging work, but it's very rewarding. Rewarding intellectually, because you get to work on interesting problems, and rewarding financially as well. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the average starting salary offer in 2011 for Electrical/Electronics & Communications Engineering majors is $60,646. In 2011, Electrical Engineering was one of the top five best paying starting salaries for college majors. Gonzaga BSEE graduates in recent years have met or exceeded this average, with a nearly 100% job placement record. Shrinking enrollments nationwide in electrical engineering programs mean the average salary will continue to increase in the coming years as more engineers retire and demand builds.
Do you want to know the difference between electrical engineering, and mechanical and computer engineering and/or computer science?
An electrical engineer would be interested in the electrical systems. For example, he/she may explore just how small can you make the battery while increasing the use time between charges? They would also work on the antenna design to receive/transmit information or on the video/sound system. There is a lot of signal processing in audio and video applications within electrical engineering.
A computer engineer mainly deals in hardware and embedded computer systems, so they would be interested in the screen, the microcomputer chip, and how to interface the screen, speakers, camera, microphone, etc., with the user.
A Software engineer/computer scientist deals mainly in software, so they would be the ones who wrote the program and hundreds and thousand of available apps.
A mechanical engineer would be interested in the mechanical systems, things like the design and manufacture of the case or the dissipation of the heat generated by the battery and electronic circuits.
Why Study Electrical Engineering at Gonzaga University?
ABET Accreditation: As a graduate of an ABET accredited engineering program, you get ready to be a professional engineer which has a precise, legal definition in the United States. Professional Electrical Engineers must have taken certain undergraduate engineering subjects/topics and have practical experience as well as ethics training. There are some jobs that only professional electrical engineers can legally do, usually things involving safety or security, particularly in the electric power industry.
Kern Entrepreneurial Educational Network (KEEN): Since 2009, Gonzaga University has been an active and contributing member of Kern Entrepreneurial Educational Network. Currently KEEN is an organization of eighteen private undergraduate engineering schools collaborating together to advance the entrepreneurial-mindset in engineering schools and transform engineering education in America. Electrical engineers graduating from KEEN schools have four defining attributes, namely, working insights into technical fundamentals, customer awareness, business acumen, and societal needs, giving them a competitive edge in the job marketplace.
Center for Engineering Design and Entrepreneurship (CEDE): Electrical engineers, similar to all engineers, work in applying scientific knowledge to solve technical problems and develop products and services that benefit society. It is by its very nature interdisciplinary, often bringing together engineers with diverse expertise in mechanics, chemistry, physics, materials sciences, and many other areas. This interdisciplinary teamwork is most notably visible at Gonzaga University though the work of the Center for Engineering Design and Entrepreneurship and the senior design experience. Senior projects are often comprised of multi-disciplinary teams composed of students from electrical, mechanical, computer science, civil and engineering management backgrounds
This Center is responsible for the entire undergraduate design experience, from freshman to senior levels. Through this Center, the student experiences a spiral design experience in which the components of KEEN entrepreneurial engineering are introduced in a cornerstone freshman course, then revisited at increasing levels of sophistication and interconnection throughout the undergraduate program concluding with a senior-level capstone design. This practical experience provides Gonzaga's engineering graduates with an additional competitive edge in the job market along with industry contacts and knowledge.
Experienced professors who care: None of Gonzaga's engineering courses are taught by teaching assistants so students have access to experienced faculty who are passionate about electrical engineering and teaching.
Small classes and labs: With typical classes having less than 20 students, electrical engineering students have opportunities to work closely with faculty in an excellent learning environment.
Outstanding job opportunities: Gonzaga's EE program has 100% placement rate over the past several years with students averaging above the typical salary for EE graduates.
Excellent lab facilities: The new Smart Antenna and Radio Laboratory (SARL) and the upgraded Avista T&D Power Lab join existing labs in communications, control, electric circuits and electronics. These state-of-the-art lab facilities allow students to gain practical and hands-on experience in the design, prototype development, and testing of electrical circuits, devices, and systems as well as provide research opportunities not normally available to undergraduates.