Electrical Engineering: Past and Future

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Introduction The Bureau of Labor Statistics defines an electrical engineer as someone that “designs, develops, tests, and supervises the manufacturing of electrical equipment such as electric motors, radar and navigation systems, communications systems, or power generation equipment.” Electrical engineers work with but are not limited to electricity, electronics and electromagnetism (What Do Electrical Engineers Do?). These engineers can work in labs, offices or on the floor of some major industries. Electrical engineers may solve problems on a day to day basis or they might develop new technologies to benefit everyone. Typically they work and develop new projects that may include gaming systems, cars or even robots. Electrical engineers average a salary of $87,180 a year and is a great field choice due to the innovation of this career (Bureau of Labor Statistics). Purpose of the Study This study was conducted to answer the following questions regarding electrical engineering: 1) How did the study of electrical engineering originate and who and what helped shape society? 2) What skills are required to become an electrical engineer and how to become one? 3) What different types of jobs are available? 4) How is the job outlook for the future and how much do they make hourly and yearly? Methods and Procedures Used Secondary research was conducted through search engines, books, and a personal interview. A questionnaire was given out to a currently employed Electrical Engineer that holds a degree. It included questions about his daily life, the skills he uses, problems he faces, steps he takes to solve them and how he sees the future change for the field of electrical engineering. History of Electrical Engineering The stu... ... middle of paper ... ...010. Web. 18 Nov. 2013. "Career Overview: Engineering." Wetfeet. Universum Communications, Inc, 3 Dec. 2012. Web. 07 Nov. 2013. "Electrical and Computer Engineering: Career Outlook." Electrical and Computer Engineering. University of Purdue, n.d. Web. 22 Nov. 2013. "Electrical Engineering Overview." Sloan Career Corner Center. N.p., n.d. Web. Gutierrez, Steven. "Ohm's Law." Glenn Research Center. NASA, 1996. Web. 18 Nov. 2013. Kingsford, Peter W. Electrical Engineering; A History of the Men and the Ideas. New York: St. Martin's, 1970. Print. Leonard, Don. E-mail Questionnaire. 18 Nov. 2013. "NSPE Licensure -How to Get Licensed." NSPE Licensure -How to Get Licensed. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Nov. 2013. "What Do Electrical Engineers Do?" What People Do. N.p., 23 Feb. 2013. Web. "Why Choose UCSC Electrical Engineering." University of California Santa Barbara, n.d. Web

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