Concise guide to Electrical Engineering [Career]

Electrical engineering is one of the most sort after engineering course in Nigeria today. I think it is actually the most sort after. People who studied this course have some sort of pride about it and it is OK to have that. Having taken quite a lot of electrical engineering courses in the course of my education; I stand in a decent position to analyze this course. In fact, I had wanted to become an electrical engineer but it just didn’t happen.

If we have a device that uses, produces or conducts electricity, it is surely produced by an electrical engineer. In actual fact, the keyword here is electricity.

Electrical Vs Electronic engineering (the difference)

Electrical engineers are involved in the design & development, run tests, supervises and help to manufacture electrical equipments. These equipments can be power, communication, radar systems etc.

Electronics engineers help to design, test and develop electronic systems such as phones, GPS, broadcast systems etc.

The difference between electrical and electronic devices lies in the decision making. While an electrical circuit merely powers a piece of machine with electricity; an electronic circuit has a “brain” and can interpret a signal or instruction in order to perform a task.

Electrical engineering specializations

  1. Instrumentation
  2. Computer
  3. Power
  4. Control
  5. Electronics
  6. Signal
  7. Communication

Some Notable electrical engineers

1. Micheal Faraday.

Some argue he is the father of Electrical engineering because of his breakthrough research in the field of electrical induction. Faraday found out that the voltage in a circuit Is proportional to the rate of change of magnetic field through the circuit. Yeah, sounds straightforward right? Only God knows how many sleepless nights people like this went through to come up with laws that can be summarized in a sentence. This induction rule is the working principle of the generator or the transformer

2. B. J Olufeagba.

This Don holds teaching jobs at the University of Ilorin as well as the Federal University of technology Akure. As an undergraduate who was taking electrical engineering, this man taught us circuit design.

There was something special about him. Always wears white, soft-spoken and in each of his class, there were at least 2 other lecturers or assistants who come to assist him. He knows the circuit in and out and often brings out complex examples from his head. You can’t even make a noise in this guy’s class, it’s impossible. Everybody comports themselves.

Rumour has it that he consults for Philips Electronics. And yeah, dude is above any Vice-Chancellor.

3. Other notable people are Thomas Edison (inventor of the light bulb which was inexpensive). Nikola Tesla (Tesla cars are named after him) is credited with the induction motor and Guglielmo Marconi invented the radio.

In any case, all electrical engineers regardless of race have the capacity to make breakthrough research and be remembered for life.

Skills of modern electrical engineers

  1. Great knowledge of the theory of electrical and electronics engineering which can be developed as an undergraduate and in graduate schools.
  2. Knowledge of maths and materials.
  3. Knowledge of electrical circuits and their prototyping and testing on Computer Numeric Control Machines.
  4. Ability to use Computer Aided Design (CAD) software.
  5. Ability to simulate real-life problems like the power grid of a whole city.

Where can an electrical engineer work?

  1. Marine
  2. Defense
  3. Power company
  4. Researcher/lecturer
  5. Telecoms
  6. Lighting
  7. Electronics for consumer
  8. Satellite
  9. Military
  10. Marine/railroad/transportation etc.

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