Electrical Engineer

Electrical engineering graduates generally earn a designated degree of Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Technology, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Applied Science. The electrical engineer completes courses in mathematics, physics, project management, computer science, and electrical engineering. All courses in electrical engineering are covered with any specialized courses taken at the end of the courses.

Getting a bachelor degree in electrical engineering usually takes four to five years. You should have a good aptitude for mathematics and sciences in order to finish the degree successfully.

Obtaining a bachelor degree in engineering is the first step in becoming a certified electrical engineer. The graduate must then satisfy certification requirements which include work experience. In the United States, Canada, and South Africa the certified electrical engineer earns the title Professional Engineer. The advantage of becoming a Professional Engineer in the US and Canada is that o­nly a licensed engineer has authority to seal private and public projects.

Some engineering students go o­n to complete postgraduate work to earn a Master of Engineering/Master of Science (MEng/MSc) or a Master of Engineering Management degree. These degrees require applied research in an assigned or chosen subject, coursework, or a mixture of both.

The engineering student can continue his education to the level of a Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering (PhD) or an Engineering Doctorate (EngD). These also are obtained through research, coursework, or both though research is a major component of these degrees. The doctorate degree also allows the graduate to become an instructor o­n the college or university level.

Only 1 in 100 graduates in all industries reach the pinnacle of a doctorate degree. An electrical engineering doctorate degree will take 6 to 9 years from the start of the bachelor degree to the conclusion of the doctorate degree.