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ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING

Electrical Engineers work in capacities to apply and control the use of electricity in a wide variety of applications including circuit analysis, communications, control systems, digital computer design, electronics, electromagnetics, and power systems.

Computer Engineers focus on construction and control of computers and their interface with the outside world. They often work in fields concerning the design, production, and testing of computer hardware.

COURSE SELECTION

Freshman

  • Familiarize yourself with engineering requirements and explore interest areas
  • Complete pre-engineering courses

Sophomore

  • Maintain a strong GPA, seek academic support early and often
  • Discuss course plan with your departmental advisor
  • Complete gateway courses

Junior

  • Discuss course plan and appropriate electives with your departmental advisor
  • Complete gateway courses

Senior

  • Synthesize materials and skills to complete senior design project
  • Meet with your departmental advisor as early as possible to register for classes
  • Schedule a graduation check with an academic advisor in Engineering Student Services the semester before you graduate

ASK FOR ASSISTANCE

Freshman

  • Meet with pre-engineering Academic Advisor each semester to develop your academic plan and course schedule
  • Check out free ESS tutoring, study partners, and academic coaching
  • Visit the Engineering CDCR to discuss majors of interest and begin career planning

Sophomore

  • Form study groups with class mates. Continue to seek free Academic Support resources such as Study Partners, Supplemental Instruction, and academic coaching
  • Meet with the Engineering CDCR to help you build a resume, learn about internships, and complete your Handshake profile

Junior

  • Meet with your departmental advisor to register for classes in your major
  • Meet with the Engineering CDCR to explore companies, update your resume, and gain customized career assistance

Senior

  • Meet with the Engineering CDCR to explore career opportunities and for assistance with strategies for your full-time job search
  • Meet with your departmental advisor to review progress and plan for graduation

GAIN EXPERIENCE

Freshman

  • Identify someone in a professional position of interest to you. Conduct an informational interview with them to learn about what they do
  • Look for job shadowing opportunities in your areas of interest
  • Explore the Co-Op Program. Co-Op orientation take place during the first 3 weeks of each semester.
  • Attend Study Abroad information sessions

Sophomore

  • Intern and/or participate in Co-Op to add valuable work experience to your resume
  • Explore undergraduate research. Learn more through Engineering Undergraduate Research and University Undergraduate Research. Talk to faculty and advisors for guidance
  • Attend fall and spring Career Fairs
  • Create a LinkedIn account and profile to increase your visibility to potential employers

Junior

  • Continue with Co-Op or Internships
  • Attend fall and spring Career Fairs
  • If you are considering graduate school, start studying and take the GRE. Get involved with undergraduate research projects and explore publication opportunities. Attend the Graduate and Professional School Fair
  • Use LinkedIn to identify alumni who can assist you in your job search

Senior

  • Attend fall and spring Career Fairs
  • Attend graduate and professional school recruiting events
  • Continue gaining experience through co-op, internships, part-time jobs, or job shadowing that will assist you during interviews for full-time employment

GET INVOLVED

Freshman

Sophomore

  • Consider leadership roles in organizations you are currently involved in
  • Seek campus and community service opportunities

Junior

  • Attain leadership roles in IEEE and other University-wide organizations
  • Become a student member in professional organizations related to your major
  • Consider joining Eta Kappa Nu, the International Honor Society for Electrical Engineers if eligible
  • Seek opportunities to work with summer camps and/or bridge year programs

Senior

  • Become a team leader or project manager
  • Begin to use the connections you made through campus involvement and College or department alumni contacts to begin your full-time job search

SAMPLE JOB TITLES

Electrical Energy Transmission Engineer
Entry Level Salary Range: $52K - $81.5K

Instrument and Control Engineer
Entry Level Salary Range: $53.9K - $78.2K

Satellite Instrumentation Engineer
Entry Level Salary Range: $53.8K - $74.3K