Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) Job Description

What do Electrical & Computer Engineers do?

Who designs hi-tech video games, remote control cars, cellular phones, caller Ids, pagers, microwaves, cable TV, satellites, emails, the World Wide Web, and fax machines to name a few recent innovations?  Electrical engineers do and they are extremely versatile that their work can be associated with many engineering disciplines or natural science disciplines.  People with EE degrees also pursue other fields such as medicine, law and business.  Graduates seek professions in research, development, design, production, quality assurance, consulting, sales and management.  The EE program prepares students to enter a dynamic and rapidly changing field with career opportunities in electric vehicles; integrated circuits; robotics and control; and, with the advent of the information superhighway, the world of microwave and fiber optic communications systems.  Power engineering graduates are in demand to design distribution systems, better power control, and new means of producing energy to meet the needs of society.  Communications, satellites, telephones, entertainment systems, computer networking, fiber optics and signal processing are other areas in need of EE's.

Is there a high demand for Electrical & Computer Engineers?

The list of job opportunities for EE's is extremely large! Many areas are seeking these type of engineers, including:

  • Materials (solid state) and semiconductors, fabrication of digital and computer chips, design of ASIC devices (application specific integrated circuits), photovoltaic devices, optical fibers, optical detectors, magnetic materials and electronic transducers.
  • General circuit design, basic interfacing of sensors and transducers to A/D systems, electronic controllers, remote control security systems, programmable switches and special application designs.
  • Robotics, manufacturing, control system hardware, control system software.

Computer engineering, as a discipline in itself is still relatively young in the engineering world.  Computer engineers focus on hardware and software.  They can be computer architects, chip architects, VLSI layout engineers, real time system design engineers, design engineers, systems engineers, applications engineers, networking engineers, control engineers, marketing engineers, data communications engineers, project engineers, research engineers, consulting engineers, test engineers, production engineers, telecommunications engineers, and solid state engineers.  Many computer engineers are consultants specializing in hardware and software solutions in the Sun and PC environments.

Companies hiring Electrical & Computer Engineers:

  • Ford Motor
  • General Motors
  • ETE
  • IBM
  • TEXAS Instruments
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Motorola

Learn More! Visit the Electrical & Computer Engineering website: https://ece.msu.edu/