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What is Electrical and Computer Engineering Really?

By Tim

In theory what is it?

Electrical and Computer Engineers design, plan, research, evaluate and test the operation and performance of electrical, electronic equipment, and computer equipment.

What is it used for?

For the advancement of technology and materials…

Examples of technologies implemented in these industries are:

Micro-electro/mechanical systems

Expert Systems

Optical communications

Wireless communications

Microprocessor controls


Programmable controllers

High-definition television

What does the major actually entail - work-wise?

There's two different answers to this question, depending upon if you do your own work or not. A lot of engineers cheat off each other and use old tests from previous years. This can be one of the laziest majors out there. On the flipside, it can be the hardest major at your school. If you want to do a good job grade wise and actually learn the material instead of cheating, the curriculum is very challenging. Be prepared to spend a lot of days, nights, and weekends studying for a final or wiring up a final project.

What kind of jobs do you get with it?

Graduating with a degree in Electrical Engineering prepares you for an extremely wide variety of careers in almost any industry worldwide. Examples of the type of industries you could work in:






Integrated Circuits





What are the fellow students like (personalitywise) in it?

Now, some of the stereotypical nerds are in this major. They do nothing else but sit in front of a computer and play those stupid LAN games and have no life outside of the lab whatsoever. There is another type of electrical engineering student though. The type that want to succeed in college and do something meaningful with their lives but are not nerds in the slightest. The guys that I talk to in the department are in numerous intramaural sports, go bar hopping a couple times a week and actually have girlfriends, yeeahhhh I know, hard to believe for a engineering major. As you know I am a student and I've been skydiving, been on trips with buddies to vegas and miami beach, captain intramaural basketball team and play a lot of texas hold em.

Common Misconceptions

Not everyone in the department is a completee nerd that has no personal communication skills. Engineering will make you a comfortable amount of money, but will not make you rich. Most of the time you salary will hover around the 78,000 range. Most engineering students have very little respect for majors outside the sciences. We pretty much laugh out loud when someone tells us they are having trouble with their economics class. Any class other than science is a cakewalk.

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Computer Engineering Major unemployment rate

_Computer EngineeringAll Majors
Minimum Wage%4%4
All Others%90%87
More: Unemployment for all Majors *** not counting stay at home parents *** not counting those currently in grad school

Are things going well in Computer Engineering?

Going Well %78
Not Going Well %22
More: All Majors Satisfaction ??? This is a social "life satisfaction" question. Overall, would people who graduated with a degree in Computer Engineering say that their life is going well? It could be interpreted in terms of stress, salary, long hours, future prospects, etc. *** not counting those currently in grad school

Graduates who stayed in Computer Engineering

Still in Field %77
Got out %23
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