Our ABET-accredited program features a practice-oriented curriculum and offers small classes with hands-on learning opportunities. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the concepts of electrical engineering and the principles behind electrical energy and power systems, control systems (including robotics and electronics applications), communications, electronics, electromagnetic fields (including cell phone technology and microwave systems) and computers (VLSI circuits and FPGA).
Students also have a wide range of experiential learning opportunities, including co-ops, internships and undergraduate research projects.
Students that enjoy mathematics, science, computers, robotics or programming tend to enjoy this program. Students entering this program should take as many mathematics and science courses as possible in high school. In addition, students would benefit from extracurricular experiences such as robotics, design competitions, science clubs and scouting activities.
Students will gain a thorough understanding of the concepts of electrical engineering and the principles behind electrical energy and power systems, control systems, communications, electronics, electromagnetic fields and computers.
About the Program
The course of study leading to the Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering is a practice-oriented curriculum. We have outstanding state-of-the-art undergraduate lab facilities open for instruction and hands-on applications. Program students gain a solid foundation in the underlying principles reinforced through practical experience so that our graduates are effective workers immediately after graduation.
The various fields of electrical engineering include the following:
- Electrical Energy/Power Systems – Conventional and alternative generation, transmission and distribution of electrical energy safely, efficiently and economically.
- Control Systems – Analysis and design of systems with feedback using traditional and modern techniques, including robotics and electronics applications.
- Communications – Analysis and design of systems and electronics to send and receive information over various transmission media.
- Electronics – Analysis and design of circuits with electrical devices for applications in power systems, communications and controls.
- Electromagnetic Fields – Analysis and design of antennas such as those used in cell phone technology and microwave systems.
- Computers – Design of digital systems with modern devices such as microprocessors, VLSI circuits and FPGAs to fulfill the needs of larger systems used in communications, controls and power systems.
- The electrical engineering program provides a solid foundation for each of these fields with a set of electives that enhance the student’s understanding and abilities.
Objectives and Outcomes
Graduates will be able to accomplish one or more of the following objectives:
- Professional Practice – Electrical engineering graduates will be successful in professional practice in engineering.
- Post-graduate Education – Electrical engineering graduates will be successful in pursuing advanced education.
- Advancement – Electrical engineering graduates will successfully advance in their careers.
Student Learning Outcomes
The department has established the following program outcomes for electrical engineering students:
Students will attain an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering. Students will also be able to:
- Use calculus
- Solve differential equations
- Use transforms
- Apply principles of physics (such as Newton’s or Kirchhoff’s laws)
- Apply principles of operations of electronic devices (such as op-amps and transistors)
- Apply the concepts of logic and binary arithmetic to digital systems.
Students will attain an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data. Students will also be able to:
- Use protoboards to assemble circuits
- Set up power supplies, digital multimeters, function generators and oscilloscopes to activate circuits and to determine circuit quantities.
- Use regression to fit data to a curve.
- Compare measured results to theoretically calculated results.
- Determine if a circuit or system is working correctly.
- Fix a circuit or system if it is not working correctly.
Students will attain an ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability constraints. Students will also be able to:
- Design a circuit involving basic electronic components such as resistors, capacitors, inductors, op-amps, transistors and logic gates.
- Design a system with digital circuits.
- Design a system with multiple interacting circuits.
- Design a complex system with multiple circuits while satisfying numerous requirements and constraints.
Students will attain an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams and be able to:
- Work in groups of two or three on laboratory assignments.
- Work together in a group on a major project.
- Formulate a “working agreement” for a design team and evaluate how well the team adhered to this agreement.
Students will attain an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems. Students will also be able to:
- Solve circuits problems with DC, steady-state AC and transient conditions.
- Solve problems in the major sub-disciplines of electrical engineering: signals and systems, communications, control systems, energy conversion and power systems, electromagnetic fields, electronics, digital systems and computers.
Students will attain an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility and be able to:
- Understand the tenants of professional codes of ethics.
- Apply ethical considerations to realistic problems.
- Understand and put into practice appropriate safety measures.
Students will attain an ability to communicate effectively and be able to:
- Write technical reports.
- Give oral presentations with PowerPoint slides.
Impact of Engineering
Students will attain the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context. Students will be able to explain the impact of an engineering solution, development or endeavor on some aspect of society or the environment.
Students will engage in life-long learning and be able to:
- Understand the need for continuous learning.
- Do research on components, devices and/or systems.
- Do research on engineering concepts and techniques.
- Learn new topics outside of class.
Students will attain a knowledge of contemporary issues and be able to:
- Understand some of the issues facing society related to electrical engineering.
- Remain knowledgeable in news items related to electrical engineering.
Students will learn to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice and be able to:
- Use the PC in laboratory situations.
- Use MATLAB.
- Use PSpice.
- Use Microsoft Office Products such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
- Use the test equipment in the Circuits Lab.
- Use advanced equipment.
- Use advanced software (e.g., toolboxes in MATLAB or ETAP).
Things You'll Learn
Everything you need to close the circuit and power the world around us.
Electrical Power Distribution Systems
Learn the basics of power districbution systems: general considerations; load characteristics; subtransmission and distribution substations; primary and secondary distribution, secondary network systems; distribution transformers; voltage regulation and application of capacitors; voltage fluctuations; and protective device coordination.
Explore Coulomb’s Law, Gauss’s Law, Biot-Savart Law, Ampere’s Circuital Law, inductance, magnetic energy, magnetic force, time-varying fields, Faraday’s Law and Lenz’s Law, plus concepts behind transmission lines, plane waves, reflection and refraction.
Introduction to Robotics
Discover the basic components of robot systems, coordinate frames, homogeneous transformations, kinematics for manipulator inverse kinematics, manipulator dynamics, the Jacobian matrix, manipulator control and robotic programming. The put it all together in a semester-long project.
Electrical Energy Systems Emphasis
The Electrical Energy Systems emphasis in electrical engineering is an electrical engineering degree where all of the electives and the senior design project are focused on topics such as power systems, renewable and alternative energy generation, power electronics and protective relaying. This emphasis indicates to employers that the graduate has a stronger than average background and interest in energy and is well-suited to work for power-related companies. The companies could range from the large traditional utilities to smaller start-ups that specialize in such things as installing renewable energy systems.
WVU Tech's electrical engineering program offers rigorous instruction, providing sufficient background for career success or graduate school. Graduates develop a solid knowledge of mathematics, physics, chemistry and basic engineering principles; problem-solving skills; design skills; communication skills; teamwork skills; life-long learning skills; computer skills; and professionalism and ethics.
Electrical engineers enjoy an extremely wide array of career possibilities, including design, testing, manufacturing, service and maintenance for manufacturers, energy producers, government contractors, government defense agencies and utility companies.
Our graduates are able to pursue careers with nationally competitive starting salaries. Companies that have hired our graduates include the FBI, the National Security Agency, the Joint Warfare Analysis Center, Navair, the Naval Surface Weapons Center, American Electric Power, Dominion Power, Siemens, Square-D, Baltimore Gas and Electric, Hamilton-Bose, Consol Energy and Allegheny Energy.
Several graduates have gone on to pursue a master’s degree in engineering or business.
Graduates of WVU Tech's electrical engineering program have recently landed in postitions such as:
- Electrical engineer
- Associate manufacturing/controls engineer
- Engineer I – process control
- Nuclear engineer 1
- Robotics engineer
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Our Electrical and Computer Engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
Last updated June 17, 2017