What is Electrical Engineering?
Electrical engineering is the specific technology of electricity in all forms. Electrical engineers operate in the world of power, from tiny circuits to giant solar arrays, from machines and sensors to lasers and more. If it is built and has power in it in any way an electrical engineer has had a part in the design.
What Does an Electrical Engineer Do?
Electrical engineers design and test electrical and electronic equipment and devices. They direct the manufacturing of electrical equipment and electrical systems for automobiles and aircraft as well. Working closely with computers, engineers whose work is related exclusively to computer hardware are considered computer hardware engineers. Electrical engineers also develop and build products like smart phones and other handheld devices
How Do I Become an Electrical Engineer?
Electrical engineering is a broad and versatile aspect of engineering. Exciting areas of work and study that lead to real careers include building of robotics, the development of driverless cars, inventing innovative new medical devices, and much more. To get into these areas students should start working on that now, and develop themselves to be the kind of person who excels in math and engineering. Then find internships and jobs on your way to discovering just what aspect of being an electrical engineer suits them best.
Electrical Engineering Degrees
Typically electric engineers start by earning a four-year electrical engineering degree. This degree will prepare students, as they learn to design, analyze and build electrical systems. During their studies, students will gain experience with and an understanding of electric theories and hands-on work with things like mechanics, programming, circuitry, and thermodynamics.
Electrical Engineering Programs
Most electrical engineers earn a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from a school offering that degree, and usually follow it up with a masters degree in a specialty. After that comes four years of credible relevant work experience and certification. All of this leads to the path to become an electrical engineer.
Electrical Engineering Careers
Electrical engineers typically find jobs in areas like the generation, transmission, and distribution of power as well as in manufacturing. They design and create everything from vacuums to semiconductors. In industry electrical engineers distinguish and create how to make the world run and to keep the lights on in the face of any extreme, for humanity. They conduct lots of research and design in life sciences as well as aeronautic and space exploration companies.
Electrical Engineering Links and Resources
- International Society for Optics and Photonics: an international society advancing an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light.
- Association for Computing Machinery: the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society focused on advancing computing as a science and a profession.
- Audio Engineering Society: the only professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology.
- Electric Power Research Institute: a nonprofit professional organization focused on addressing challenges in electricity.
- IEEE: the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology.
At the TryEngineering Summer Institute summer engineering programs for high school students, you’ll explore various engineering fields, such as electrical, civil, mechanical, and aerospace. Our STEM summer course allows you to meet working engineers and experience VIP tours of engineering companies and centers. Learn new skills and engage in hands-on projects that explore how engineers can solve real-world problems.
The TryEngineering Summer Institute is a program from IEEE, the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology. Our more than 417,000 members in 160 countries, including more than 120,000 student members, help us provide the trusted "voice" for engineering, computing and technology information around the globe via highly-cited publications, conferences, technology standards and professional and educational activities. Our curriculum is created specifically for this program by IEEE STEM summer specialists.
In previous summers, some of the exciting field trips our TryEngineering Summer Institute students enjoyed included:
- NASA's Johnson Space Center (Texas A&M students)
- Con Edison power station, New York City (Vaughn College students)
"The overall experience was awesome and I would definitely recommend it to my friends. Some of the highlights: the flight simulator and the field trip to the World Trade Tower and ConEdison. Getting out and about was nice and it took the classroom to the real world." - former student
Our Engineering Program
TryEngineering Summer Institute gives teens the opportunity to explore a variety of engineering disciplines in a fun, hands-on way. The program is ideal for students who are considering a degree or career in engineering, as well as for those that are curious to learn more. Whether your teen is brand new to engineering, or has taken a few classes in school, every student will have fun tackling a variety of engineering design challenges while developing skills in engineering, communication, and consensus-building. The program is designed by IEEE STEM summer specialists specifically for our TryEngineering Summer Institute.
Students participate in team-based, hands-on design challenges, hear from and interact with working engineers, and experience exciting off-campus field trips to local engineering sites.
The program is perfect for those who want to:
- Find out how engineering is applied in the real world, and how it’s shaping our future.
- Participate in multi-disciplinary projects in electrical, civil, mechanical, aerospace and other engineering disciplines.
- Learn to think like engineers while building critical thinking, communication and collaboration skills.
- Experience how engineers work in teams to solve local and global challenges.
- Gain insight into what it’s like to study engineering at the university level.
- Engage with professionals working in your field of interest.
- See real-world engineering projects while learning about future academic and career possibilities through exciting trips and tours.
- Build awesome projects that teach engineering concepts by making things like rockets, remote control cars, drones, trebuchets, building and soldering circuits, and much more.
…All while having fun with new friends on one of our engineering campuses.Curriculum Overview
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Tuition for the TryEngineering Summer Institute is all-inclusive, covering all activities, tours, lodging, meals, and transportation while on campus. Both residential and day programs are available.
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