What is Electrical Engineering?

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WHAT DO ELECTRICAL ENGINEERS DO?

Electrical engineers design, plan and supervise the construction and maintenance of electrical and electronic equipment, computers or control systems.  The variety of an electrical engineer’s work can range from the smallest integrated circuit to power systems that cover entire states.  Virtually every device that is either plugged in or runs on batteries has had an electrical engineer involved in its design or construction somewhere in its development.

IS ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING RIGHT FOR YOU?

You may wish to consider becoming an electrical engineer if you are interested in the following:

  • Computer hardware applications and design
  • Analog and digital signal processing of audio and video signals
  • Electric power generation, distribution systems, and system protection
  • Circuit design for industrial or consumer equipment
  • Electric motor controls for robots, automobiles, production lines, appliances, etc.
  • Power supply design and power quality improvement
  • Integrated circuits and microelectronics design
  • Wired or wireless communication system design
  • Automated industrial systems
  • Renewable and sustainable energy systems
  • Energy conversion and electric machinery
  • Medical instrumentation/informatics

UW-PLATTEVILLE’S CURRICULUM

The UW-Platteville Department of Electrical Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering.  The curriculum is an applied program, emphasizing application of theoretical concepts to practical engineering design and development.  Classroom study and extensive laboratory work are coordinated to provide hands-on reinforcement of theoretical studies.

UW-PLATTEVILLE’S AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

Students learn how to design and analyze electrical and electronic devices. Preparation for technical specialization is accomplished by completing a basic set of core courses in electrical engineering. Students can then determine areas of specialization by choosing courses from the four professional emphasis areas:

  1. Communications and Electronics
  2. Computer Engineering
  3. Controls
  4. Power and Energy

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Collaborative Engineering: Reminders

Reminders

If you are considering applying to UW-Platteville for the Fall 2014 semester, please read carefully the "Information about Applying to UW-Platteville" document found in Admission > Application Instructions.

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