Electrical Engineering, B.S.

Electrical Engineering, B.S.

What is an electrical engineering degree?

Electrical Engineering BSElectrical engineering is the study and application of electricity, electronics and electromagnetism toward the design of new and better electronics and electronic systems. Students earning an electrical engineering degree may specialize in unique career-track subfields such as electromagnetics, physical electronics, systems and information processing, or wireless systems.

Whether you want to invent and patent new technologies, design laser scanning systems or engineer electronic solutions to modern problems, an electrical engineering degree from Florida Tech develops a strong background in engineering with hands-on experience in software simulation and analysis.

Florida Tech is listed among the Fiske Guide's "Engineering/Top Technical Institutes" and Parade Magazine's College A-List in Engineering.

Gain Practical Experience

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is the second largest in the College of Engineering. Electrical engineering degree students have access to more than 10,000 square feet of high-tech research lab space. Integrated lab experiences give students training and time with the latest fiber optics, microelectronics, analytical instrumentation and design software.

Electrical engineering students may expect small classes and the opportunity to work closely with faculty in the classroom. The program's reputation and proximity to a variety of high-tech companies means you can also expect to find a great internship and build valuable on-the-job experience. As a senior you'll complete a design project in collaboration with a team of your peers on a complex engineering system.

Build Professional Relationships

Beyond the classroom, students earning an electrical engineering degree build leadership and professional experience through exciting internships and participation in academic organizations like Tau Beta Pi (engineering honor society), the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, student government and over 100 other student organizations.

Get Recruited Upon Graduation

Employers seek out graduates with an electrical engineering degree from Florida Tech. Employers that have recruited our students for internships and careers include Boeing, IBM, GE, Harris Corp., Microsoft, Rockwell-Collins and Northrop Grumman.

Earn an Advanced Degree

After receiving their electrical engineering degree, many of our students go on to graduate school at universities such as Florida Tech, Stanford University, Georgia Institute of Technology and Cal Tech.

Why pursue an electrical engineering degree at Florida Tech?

The second largest department in the College of Engineering, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering provides students a climate of innovation with few restrictions when pursuing their senior design project. Unlike other top electrical engineering schools you might consider, Florida Tech is listed among the Fiske Guide's "Engineering/Top Technical Institutes" and Parade Magazine's College A-List in Engineering, and accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Accreditation

ABETThe undergraduate aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, ocean engineering and software engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Low Student-to-Faculty Ratio Offers Personalized Attention

Florida Tech students benefit from a close-knit, small class environment, something you will not find at many top electrical engineering schools. Additionally, eligible students have an opportunity to work with well-established faculty on relevant research including wireless systems, materials, fiber-optics, speech and image processing, systems engineering and machine learning.

As one of the top electrical engineering schools, we know you expect quality educators. Ph.D. Professors teach most of the classes at Florida Tech, and offer personalized attention and regular availability for student advising. Our faculty is diverse, with specialties in a variety of areas. They are all active in teaching, involved in professional organizations and research, and some are recipients of Florida Tech teaching and research awards.

High Tech Laboratories & Facilities

Excellent facilities are vital to all top electrical engineering schools and Florida Tech does not disappoint. All engineering students have full access to the F. W. Olin Engineering Complex, a state-of-the-art multimillion-dollar facility that provides an outstanding learning environment outfitted with the instruments and equipment students will encounter in the workplace. It is equipped with 21st century electronic and communications technology, 26 research and teaching laboratories, and a 142-seat multimedia auditorium.

Culture of Innovation

Another reason Florida Tech is one of the top electrical engineering schools is the program's culture of innovation and hands-on learning. Students are not only taught the material critical to electrical engineering, but are mentored so they can demonstrate–through practical application–mastery of that material. As a result, electrical engineering students graduate with the confidence and competence to enter a variety of competitive career fields.

Great Florida Location In Florida's High Tech Corridor

In terms of location, most top electrical engineering schools don't come close to Florida Tech. Our students enjoy our beautiful 130-acre campus located in Florida's Space Coast within the Florida High Tech Corridor, which is home to the fifth largest high-tech workforce in the nation. With more than 5,000 high-tech companies in the region, Florida Tech is able to secure an abundance of internship and networking opportunities.

What's more, Atlantic Ocean beaches spanning 72 miles and the most diverse estuary in the North America, the Indian River Lagoon, are just minutes away. The Melbourne area boasts many recreational activities, and is a short drive to Orlando attractions such as Disney World and Universal Studios. On campus activities abound from intramural and collegiate sports to clubs, concerts and festivals. Whether it's to learn, work or play, Florida Tech students can do it all at one of the top electrical engineering schools.

How will an electrical engineering degree prepare me for the future?

Electrical engineering internships, research and student organizations are just some of many ways that Florida Tech students get involved in and around campus for a well-rounded college experience.

Many companies offer electrical engineering internships for Florida Tech students so they can graduate with work experience and on-the-job training. Some of these nationally and internationally known companies include:

  • Google

  • Harris Corp.

  • Microsoft

  • NASA Kennedy Space Center

  • IBM

Through Florida Tech's Career Management Services, these organizations collaborate with students to give them job experience through electrical engineering internships that prepares them for a career.

Research

The electrical engineering faculty is diverse, with research interests that span the field. The department's faculty includes one IEEE Fellow, one IEEE Life Fellow, a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Signal and Imaging Systems Engineering.

In addition to electrical engineering internships, these professors make it possible for Florida Tech students to work with them on research topics that include:

  • Electronic Systems

  • Internet Programming

  • Fiber-Optics

  • Microelectrics

  • Speech and Image Processing

  • Machine Learning

Some of these research projects are even geared toward designing operations for specific organizations, including NASA and Harris Corp.

Senior Research Project

Electrical engineering internships and research activities also help students prepare for their senior engineering project. All Florida Tech electrical engineering students culminate their studies with a senior design project that challenges them to design, develop, prototype and present a complex engineering system. Some past projects that our students have completed include:

  • Wireless communications and cellular systems

  • Spacecraft systems

  • Neural networks

  • Speech recognition and speaker identification

  • Digital signal processing

  • Photonics

These projects start with simple designs and end with elaborate and professional presentations displayed and discussed at Florida Tech's Northrop Grumman Senior Design Showcase.

And Even More!  

The National Science Foundation funds a grant for a 10-week summer research experience offered to undergraduate students that are focused on machine learning.

Joins Clubs and Organization to Enhance Your Degree

Members of Florida Tech's student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (known as FIT-IEEE) take part in robotics competitions and professional conferences.

The Society of Women Engineers works to spark interest in math and science and promote the engineering field to all students. They participate in regular lectures, conferences and gatherings to advance this cause.

Electrical engineering internships, research and networking opportunities help students enhance their learning and be fully prepared for a job after college.

What can you do with an electrical engineering degree?

In electrical engineering careers professionals work to design and develop electrical equipment, and work primarily in engineering services firms, architectural companies, research and scientific industries or government agencies. Electrical engineers design new ways to use electrical power or improve products, direct manufacturing, installation and testing of products, and work with project managers on the production efforts.

Career Outlook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, provides detailed information about hundreds of occupations, including entry-level education, overall working environment and employment prospects.

According to the bureau, electrical engineering careers are projected to grow 6 percent through 2020 due to the versatility of electrical and electronics engineers in developing and applying emerging technologies.

As product development is tied to the growth or decline of the manufacturing sectors of our economy, growth for careers in electrical engineering could change depending on that market segment. Jobs will mostly occur in engineering services firms and contract engineering services firms. Check the handbook for electrical engineering careers and related jobs.

Career Options

Electrical engineering careers include such varied jobs as:

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineer

  • Architectural and Engineering Manager

  • Biomedical Engineer

  • Computer Hardware Engineer

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technician

  • Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairer

  • Electro-Mechanical Technician

  • Industrial Engineer

Electrical engineering careers are also found in such unique career sub-fields as systems engineering, nuclear technology and energy engineering.

Potential Employers

Students who graduated from Florida Tech found electrical engineering careers at companies such as:

  • Florida Solar Energy Center

  • Harris Corp

  • IBM

  • Lockheed Martin

  • Microsoft Corp

  • Rockwell Collins

  • Collins Software Productivity Solutions

Entry-Level Salary Expectations

Entry-level electrical engineering salaries are reported by PayScale.com to be $63,400 with opportunity to grow to $106,000. Payscale.com is an online salary information company that helps people obtain accurate real-time information on job market compensation. Similar occupations also have attractive entry-level salaries including:

Electrical Engineering Technology: $58,400 - $86,900
Computer Engineering: $53,800 - $105,000
Information Technology: $48,900 - $81,700

Check PayScale.com for the most recent information on these and other careers.

Graduate Degree Programs

Before considering electrical engineering careers, Florida Tech students have gone on to advanced degrees at:

  • California Institute of Technology

  • Stanford University

  • Georgia Institute of Technology

  • UC Berkeley

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