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Electrical and electronics engineers must have a bachelor’s degree. Employers also value practical experience, so participation in cooperative engineering programs, in which students earn academic credit for structured work experience. Having a Professional Engineer (PE) license may improve an engineer’s chances of finding employment.Education
High school students interested in studying electrical or electronics engineering benefit from taking courses in physics and mathematics, including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. Courses in drafting are also helpful, because electrical and electronics engineers often are required to prepare technical drawings.
In order to enter the occupation, prospective electrical and electronics engineers need a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, or electrical engineering technology. Programs include classroom, laboratory, and field studies. Courses include digital systems design, differential equations, and electrical circuit theory. Programs in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, or electrical engineering technology should be accredited by ABET.
Some colleges and universities offer cooperative programs in which students gain practical experience while completing their education. Cooperative programs combine classroom study with practical work. Internships provide similar experience and are growing in number.
At some universities, students can enroll in a 5-year program that leads to both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. A graduate degree allows an engineer to work as an instructor at some universities, or in research and development.Important Qualities
Concentration. Electrical and electronics engineers design and develop complex electrical systems and electronic components and products. They must be able to keep track of multiple design elements and technical characteristics when performing these tasks.
Initiative. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to apply their knowledge to new tasks in every project they undertake. In addition, they must engage in continuing education to keep up with changes in technology.
Interpersonal skills. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to work with others during the manufacturing process to ensure that their plans are implemented correctly. This collaboration includes monitoring technicians and devising remedies to problems as they arise.
Math skills. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to use the principles of calculus and other advanced math in order to analyze, design, and troubleshoot equipment.
Speaking skills. Electrical and electronics engineers work closely with other engineers and technicians. They must be able to explain their designs and reasoning clearly and to relay instructions during product development and production. They also may need to explain complex issues to customers who have little or no technical expertise.
Writing skills. Electrical and electronics engineers develop technical publications related to equipment they develop, including maintenance manuals, operation manuals, parts lists, product proposals, and design methods documents.Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations
Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as electrical and electronics engineers. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires
The initial Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam can be taken right after graduation from a college or university. Engineers who pass this exam commonly are called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After getting work experience, EITs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam.
Several states require engineers to take continuing education courses to keep their license. Most states recognize licensure from other states if the licensing state’s requirements meet or exceed their own licensure requirements.Advancement
Electrical and electronic engineers may advance to supervisory positions in which they lead a team of engineers and technicians. Some may move to management positions, working as engineering or program managers. Preparation for managerial positions usually requires working under the guidance of a more experienced engineer. For more information, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.
For sales work, an engineering background enables engineers to discuss a product's technical aspects and assist in product planning and use. For more information, see the profile on sales engineers.
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San Jose State University8.1%
Rochester Institute of Technology7.1%
University of Phoenix7.1%
University of Texas at Austin7.1%
Texas A&M University6.1%
Carnegie Mellon University6.1%
Santa Clara University5.1%
Illinois Institute of Technology5.1%
University of Texas at Arlington4.0%
Ohio University -4.0%
Arizona State University4.0%
University of California - San Diego4.0%
Wayne State University4.0%
City College of New York of the City University of New York4.0%
Michigan State University4.0%
University of Utah4.0%
Ohio State University4.0%
Michigan Technological University3.0%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|PHY Circuit Design Engineer||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Jul 21, 2015||$163,000 -
|Principal Engineer-Circuit Design Engineering||Rambus Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Jun 27, 2016||$155,000 -
|Principal Engineer, Circuit Design Engineering||Rambus Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Apr 01, 2016||$140,000 -
|Principal Engineer-Circuit Design Engineering-DI||Rambus Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 10, 2013||$140,000 -
|Principal Engineer, Circuit Design Engineering||Rambus Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Nov 01, 2016||$140,000 -
|Staff Analog/Mixed-Signal Circuit Design Engineer||Qualcomm Atheros, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Dec 16, 2016||$136,448 -
|Smts-Circuit Design Engineering-Digital||Rambus Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Jun 29, 2016||$135,000 -
|Smts-Circuit Design Engineering||Rambus Inc.||Chapel Hill, NC||Jan 10, 2016||$135,000 -
|Smts-Circuit Design Engineering||Rambus Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Sep 14, 2016||$135,000 -
|SR. Input/Output Circuit Design Engineer||Nvidia Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Nov 20, 2015||$131,000 -
|Printed Circuit Board Design Engineer||Planet Labs Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 25, 2015||$130,000|
|Senior Analog/Rf Circuit Design Engineer/Wireless/Wired Communications||Qualcomm Technologies Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Aug 31, 2016||$128,336 -
|Integrated Circuit Design Engineer||Infotech Spectrum, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Sep 10, 2015||$126,000|
|Cmos RF Integrated Circuit Design Engineer||Silicon Laboratories Inc.||Austin, TX||Dec 01, 2015||$116,480 -
|Senior Circuit Design Engineer||Fairchild Semiconductor International, Inc.||Irvine, CA||Aug 09, 2013||$114,766|
|Senior Input/Output Circuit Design Engineer||Nvidia Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Oct 05, 2014||$113,990 -
|PLL Circuit Design Engineer||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Apr 01, 2016||$113,000 -
|Circuit Design Engineer II||Kineticom, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||May 28, 2016||$111,925 -
|Circuit Design Engineer II||Kineticom, Inc.||San Diego, CA||May 28, 2016||$111,925 -
|Sram Circuit Design Engineer||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Jul 24, 2014||$110,032 -
|Circuit Design Engineer II||Kineticom, Inc.||Denver, CO||May 28, 2013||$102,190 -
|Circuit Design Engineer II||Kineticom, Inc.||San Diego, CA||May 28, 2013||$102,190 -
|Circuit Design Engineer II||Kineticom, Inc.||Addison, TX||May 28, 2013||$102,190 -
|Circuit Design Engineer||Analog Bits, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Sep 12, 2013||$102,000|
|Microelectronic Circuit Design Staff Engineer||Pericom Semiconductor Corporation||Milpitas, CA||Sep 12, 2015||$102,000|
|Senior Analog/Rf Circuit Design Engineer/Pmic||Qualcomm Technologies Inc.||San Diego, CA||Oct 13, 2016||$100,714 -
|Senior Analog/Mixed-Signal Circuit Design Engineer/Ate Test||Qualcomm Technologies Inc.||San Diego, CA||Aug 31, 2016||$99,154 -
|Senior Circuit Design Engineer||Samsung Austin Semiconductor, LLC||Austin, TX||Oct 06, 2016||$98,862 -
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