Bachelor in Electrical Engineering

General

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Program Description

Pick an industry, any industry, and you'll find an electrical engineer. Students who major in electrical engineering will serve a key role in developing and improving the high-tech devices that orchestrate our lives and our work today and for future generations. Through a path of study that uses hands-on, project-based courses with laboratory components, you will develop skills for jobs involving computers; satellites and wireless systems; broadband cable; Global Positioning Systems; circuits and robot controls; ultrasound, MRI and CT scanners; TV, stereo and telephone products; power systems; and image and sound products. You'll collaborate with faculty, often on projects initiated by industry.

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Program Highlights

  • Expertise among the diverse faculty covers all major specialty areas of electrical engineering and offers a global approach to engineering issues.
  • Active student organizations that are branches of national and international organizations provide professional engagement and social interaction opportunities.
  • Training prepares graduates to work within computer hardware and software development, circuits, analog, and digital electronics, microprocessor systems, digital and wireless communications, solid-state devices, electromagnetics, integrated circuit design, control systems, and instrumentation.
  • Internships are available from sophomore year.
  • Opportunity for students to be involved in industry-sponsored projects and faculty research.
  • Select classes are available online.
  • Electrical engineering graduates nationwide earned an average starting salary of $73,078 in 2016, according to the National Association of College and Employers Salary Survey.

Program Distinctions

  • 9 modern, fully equipped laboratories maintained by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
  • A two-semester capstone design project that spotlights each student's area of excellence. Projects include industry-sponsored work on industrial sensors, medical equipment research, robotics, and green energy.
  • Department scholarships offered to those in their last two years of study, including one for nontraditional students.
  • Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Student Organizations

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • Society of Women Engineers
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • American Society of Engineering Management (ASEM)

University Facts & Statistics

  • 94% of electrical engineering graduates employed
  • 1,100+ international students
  • 39 Education Abroad programs offered
  • 2013 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization
  • $106 million in scholarships loans and grants

Popular Careers

  • Electrical Engineer
  • Control Systems Engineer
  • Quality Control Engineer
  • Digital Systems Engineer
  • Analog Design Engineer
  • Digital Communications
  • Fiber Optics

Job/Career Titles

Analog Design Engineer

  • Bioelectronics
  • Computer-Aided Design
  • Consulting
  • Control Systems Engineer
  • Device Design Engineer
  • Digital Communications
  • Digital Systems Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Engineering Management
  • Fiber Optics
  • Field Services Engineer
  • Integrated Circuit Design
  • Power & Energy Systems Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Production Engineer
  • Quality Control Engineer
  • Research & Development
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Signal Processing
  • Wireless Systems Engineer

Employers

General Industry

  • Communications Companies
  • Computer & Data Processing Firms
  • Consulting Firms
  • Engineering Companies
  • Government Agencies
  • Industry—transportation, healthcare, energy, electronics, etc.
  • Research & Development Firms
  • Scientific Services Companies

Minnesota Employers

  • 3M
  • Crest Health Care
  • Datakey Electronics
  • Goodrich Corp
  • Graco
  • Kato Engineering
  • LSI
  • LWG Consulting
  • MA Mortenson Company
  • MN State Institutions
  • MTS Systems Corp
  • OSI
  • Quest Diagnostics
  • Strom Engineering
  • Tennant Company
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Xcel Energy

Skills and Traits

  • Aptitude for math
  • Analytical mind
  • Communication skills
  • Computer skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Detail-oriented
  • Ethical
  • High energy
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Manages stress
  • Problem-solving
  • Solution appraisal
  • Strong grades/GPA
  • Team player
  • Technical skills
Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

At St. Cloud State, an education is about far more than an education. It will be an opportunity to explore ideas, seek out unique perspectives and embrace new challenges – all of which will help you u ... Read More

At St. Cloud State, an education is about far more than an education. It will be an opportunity to explore ideas, seek out unique perspectives and embrace new challenges – all of which will help you unleash your true potential. You will make life-long memories on our 100-acre campus along the scenic Mississippi River. Futures that begin here might seem unassuming at first, but like the mighty Mississippi River, they quickly gather strength. Growing. Surging. Until they're seemingly unstoppable. If you're looking for choice, we've got that covered. We have more than 200 undergraduate programs of study and more than 60 graduate programs, holding nearly every available national accreditation. Founded in 1869, St. Cloud State has evolved into a comprehensive university. We're on a mission to unleash ideas, unleash imagination, purpose, and promise. Read less
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