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College of Engineering and Computing


B.S. - Electrical Engineering

Career Plans

With a B.S. degree in electrical engineering, your career has No Limits. So think out of the box. Think unlimited. Where should your career carry you? What kind of electrical engineer do you want to be? 

We've put together a few sample career plans out of a nearly infinite set! Each plan consists of three career concentration courses and two career competitiveness courses. Together, these complete the five career plan courses in your program of study.

First, choose your career concentration courses to become proficient in the sub-discipline of electrical engineering that matches your career ambitions and your interests — remember, you want to have fun in your future job! Then choose your career competitiveness courses to give yourself a competitive advantage over all of the other electrical engineering graduates out there. Think big. Think unlimited.

So, create a career plan to reach your goal. If you're not sure where your starship should land, talk to your faculty advisor, and he or she will help you chart a course.

I want to:

Design integrated circuits for secure communications

In this job you might design and build integrated circuits for commercial and defense applications, both analog and digital RF communication systems.

You might work for a company such as Intel, Qualcomm, Raytheon, Apple or Google.

Career Concentration Classes (ELCT)

  • 562 Wireless Communication
  • 563 Semiconductor Electronics Devices
  • 564 RF Circuit Design

Career Competitiveness Classes

  • CSCE 548 Building Secure Software
  • ELCT 573 High Speed Digital Systems

Design wireless communications networks

In this job you may be responsible for designing, building, integrating and operating highly capable communication platforms around the world.

You might work for a company such as Apple, Qualcomm, Raytheon or Lockheed-Martin.

Career Concentration Classes (ELCT)

  • 521 Intro to Microwaves
  • 561 Advanced Electromagnetics
  • 562 Wireless Communication

Career Competitiveness Classes

  • ELCT 563 (Semiconductor Electronics Devices)
  • ELCT 564 (RF Circuit Design)

Build robots

In this job you might design propulsion, navigation, communication, or control systems for robotic machinery. Applications could range from disaster recovery robots to self-driving cars.

You might work for a company such as iRobots.

Career Concentration Classes (ELCT)

  • 531 Digital Control Systems
  • 562 Wireless Communication
  • 572 Power Electronics

Career Competitiveness Classes

  • CSCE 574 Robotics
  • CSCE 313 Embedded Systems

Be a smart-grid engineer

In this job you may be responsible for energy storage and grid-interfacing technologies (power electronics), as well as advanced controls and circuit protection.

You might work for a company such as SCE&G, Eaton or ABB.

Career Concentration Classes (ELCT)

  • 531 Digital Control Systems
  • 551 Power Systems Design & Analysis
  • 572 Power Electronics

Career Competitiveness Classes

  • ELCT 510 Renewable Energy
  • ELCT 553 Electromechanical Energy ConversionDetails

Be a signal integrity engineer

In this job you will ensure data signal integrity in leading-edge high-frequency electronic systems by working to mitigate the effects of capacitive and inductive coupling between signal traces and vias.

You might work for a company such as a company such as Intel, Oracle, Ansys, Agilent, IBM, SPAWAR or Cisco.

Career Concentration Classes (ELCT)

  • 332 Fundamentals of Communication Systems
  • 521 Introduction to Microwaves
  • 562 Wireless Communication

Career Competitiveness Classes

  • ELCT 564 RF Circuit Design for Wireless Communications
  • ELCT 573 High Speed Digital Systems

Design electric cars

In this job you may design electronic circuits, electric power train and other components of next generation vehicles.

You might work for a company such as Ford, GM, Tesla or BMW.

Career Concentration Classes (ELCT)

  • 531 Digital Control Systems
  • 553 Electromechanical Energy Conversion
  • 572 Power Electronics

Career Competitiveness Classes

  • EMCH 354 Heat Transfer
  • EMCH 441 Automotive System

Design unmanned aircraft

In this job you may design aircraft electronic circuits, sensoring systems, communication systems and other components.

You might work for a company such as Boeing.

Career Concentration Classes (ELCT)

  • 531 Digital Control Systems
  • 562 Wireless Communication
  • 572 Power Electronics

Career Competitiveness Classes

  • EMCH 371 Engineering Materials
  • EMCH 527 Design of Mechanical Systems

Be a sales engineer for power systems equipment

In this job you will be the company's representative, selling equipment to electric utility companies, systems integrators, or large construction firms.

You might work for a company such as ABB, GE, Cutler Hammer or Square D.

Career Concentration Classes (ELCT)

  • 531 Digital Control Systems
  • 551 Power Systems Design & Analysis
  • 572 Power Electronics

Career Competitiveness Classes

  • MKTG 350 Principles of Marketing
  • MKTG 455 Marketing Communications & Strategy

Design medical electronics

In this job you will design and build electronic pills, electronic diagnostic systems, medical imaging such as MRI, systems for laser surgeries etc.

You might work for a company such as Johnson & Johnson, Siemens AG or GE Healthcare.

Career Concentration Classes (ELCT)

  • 531 Digital Control Systems
  • 563 Semiconductor Electronics Devices
  • 564 RF Circuit Design

Career Competitiveness Classes

  • EMCH 371 Engineering Materials
  • CSCE 313 Embedded Systems

Be an expert on renewable energy

In this job you will design electric and electronic components and systems for solar cell systems, wind energy and other renewable energy sources.

You might work for a company such as GE, FirstSolar or Duke Energy.

Career Concentration Classes (ELCT)

  • 510 Renewable Energy
  • 551 Power Systems Design & Analysis
  • 572 Power Electronics

Career Competitiveness Classes

  • EMCH 354 Heat Transfer
  • EMCH 371 Engineering Materials

Be a plant manager

In this job you will be in charge of power distribution and automation systems in a factory, managing equipment upgrades, refits, and new installations.

You might work for a company such as International Paper, Nucor or Carolina Eastman.

Career Concentration Classes (ELCT)

  • 531 Digital Control Systems
  • 551 Power Systems Design & Analysis
  • 553 Electromechanical Energy Conversion

Career Competitiveness Classes

  • ECHE 567 Process Safety, Health, and Loss Prevention
  • ELCT 530 Industrial Controls

Be a production line manager

In this job you will be involved with the planning, coordination and control of manufacturing processes. Power electronics production line example is given. To produce other items, choose the relevant technical content.

You might work for a company such as Eaton, ABB, Flextronics or Bose.

Career Concentration Classes (ELCT)

  • 530 Industrial Controls
  • 531 Digital Control Systems
  • 572 Power Electronics

Career Competitiveness Classes

  • MGMT 371 Principles of Management
  • CSCE 516 Computer Networks

Design electronic gadgets

In this job you will design electronic components for personal computers, smartphones, gaming systems, sport, entertainment etc.

You might work for a company such as Google, Apple, Motorola or Philips.

Career Concentration Classes (ELCT)

  • 531 Digital Control Systems
  • 562 Wireless Communication
  • 564 RF Circuit Design

Career Competitiveness Classes

  • CSCE 313 Embedded Systems
  • CSCE 552 Computer Game Development

Develop optoeletronics

In this job you will work in lighting industry, computer visions systems, fiber-optic communications.

You might work for a company such as Corning, Infinera or Time Warner Cable.

Career Concentration Classes (ELCT)

  • 531 Digital Control Systems
  • 563 Semiconductor Electronics Devices
  • 566 Semiconductor Optoelectronics

Career Competitiveness Classes

  • CSCE 313 Embedded Systems
  • CSCE 552 Computer Game Development

Work in the semiconductor industry

In this job you will Design and fabricate electronic and optical semiconductor devices and integrated circuits. The person may be responsible for designing high speed and multifunctional devices for laptops, smartphones, tablets to enhance their performance, and add functionalities such as environmental monitoring and security.

You might work for a company such as GE, Intel, SET Inc, Texas Instrument, Triquint or CREE.

Career Concentration Classes (ELCT)

  • 562 Wireless Communication
  • 563 Semiconductor Electronics Devices
  • 566 Semiconductor Optoelectronics

Career Competitiveness Classes

  • ECHE 567 Process Safety, Health, and Loss Prevention
  • ELCT 530 Industrial Controls