Electrical engineers defined the 20th century with society-transforming technologies like universal electric power, telecommunications, radio and television, electronic surveillance, medical imaging, computers, and the Internet.
Michigan Tech will prepare you to make your own contributions to the 21st century—in technological areas we can only begin to imagine. As an electrical engineering student, take advantage of some of the best opportunities in the nation for laboratory-based learning, sustainability, real-world design, and engineering entrepreneurship.
Electrical Engineering Concentrations
Electrical engineering majors can choose the general pathway or concentrate in various areas. You could choose to specialize in devising ways to efficiently take energy from turbines, fuel cells, or hydroelectric plants and transfer it to homes and businesses. You could develop sensors to detect IEDs—improvised explosive devices—saving thousands of lives. You could design autonomous vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles or smart electronic devices.
Biomedical Applications Concentration
The biomedical industry is in need of electrical engineers to help make advances in healthcare and related fields. Our Biomedical Applications Concentration prepares students to apply their electrical engineering skills in biomedical instrumentation, medical imaging, and/or biomedical electronic device design. Students take courses in anatomy and physiology, cellular and molecular biology, biomaterials and/or biomechanics, and at least one biomedical engineering elective course.
Electric Power Engineering Concentration
The concentration in Electric Power Engineering with the BSEE, provides students with strong knowledge and skills in the power and energy area. The concentration is more robust than our well-known certificate program it grew from. EE graduates who focus in power and/or control systems are in high demand in industry.
Engineering Enterprise Concentration
When you pursue an Enterprise concentration, you will join an Enterprise team, part of Michigan Tech's award-winning interdisciplinary undergraduate R&D program, Enterprise. It's a great way to enhance your undergraduate electrical engineering or computer engineering degree with client-based teamwork. Apply the skills learned in your major, gain some valuable new skills and—depending on which Enterprise team you join—tackle real-world design projects for industry sponsors, or take part in a national competition (or both). This concentration adds courses in business and entrepreneurship.
Environmental Applications Concentration
If you are aspiring to work as an Electrical Engineer in environmental applications, you may be interested in this concentration. Take basic environmental engineering, remote sensing, and elective courses in environmental quality (air, water). Our program better prepares the electrical engineer to work in environmental-focused applications and companies.
Diversify your undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in photonics. Photonics is using light energy to make systems faster, more efficient and more accurate, in a wide range of applications from energy generation to detection to communications and information processing. Robotic sensing and vision, astronomy, medical instrumentation, imaging, and satellite communication are using photonics. Students study laser systems, optics, and the control of photons/light.
Electrical Engineering Focus Areas
Students taking the general pathway may mix and match choices as they like, or take more courses from one area for a stronger focus or area of specialization.
- Power and Energy
- Robotics, Control, and Automation
- Communication and Digital Signal Processing
- Computer Systems
No. 33rd most popular degree program at Michigan Tech
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1,230square feet in our Plexus Innovation Lab and electronics makerspace
Tomorrow Needs 21st Century Electrical Engineers
Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacture of electrical equipment for tomorrow. With a median annual wage of $100,420 and an annual job growth of 7%, you'll be in great demand. (BLS, May 2021).
Prepare to contribute from day one, by joining an Enterprise team to solve real engineering problems and explore new commercial opportunities. Develop marketing, business, and leadership skills. Teams are open to any major and operate like companies in the private sector. Many of Michigan Tech’s 20-plus Enterprise teams have projects that are a natural fit for electrical, computer, and robotics engineers, including the ones housed in this department:
- Blue Marble Security Enterprise (BMSE)—Focused on securing the future through thoughtful use of technology to address challenges of security, the environment, and industrial process control.
- Wireless Communication Enterprise (WCE)—Creates wireless, optical, and biomedical solutions utilizing lasers, RFID, wind/solar power, printed circuit board design, and embedded systems programming.
- Robotic Systems Enterprise (RSE)—Integrate electrical and mechanical systems with embedded AI to solve a variety of problems, including creating a fully functional SAE Level 4 autonomous vehicle.
- IT Oxygen (ITO)—ITO specializes in systems and information analysis, software development, database development, and web-based application development.
ECE majors also join:
You can also take a co-op semester and work with professional engineers gaining valuable experience and career direction. Electrical engineers at Michigan Tech are ready for what tomorrow needs.
Students who graduate with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering are prepared with essential technical and leadership skills that are in very high demand in industry. When you graduate, you’ll bring immediate value to your employer thanks to outstanding lab-based learning coupled with real-world experience gained through internships, co-ops, Enterprise, and Senior Design.
Career Opportunities for Innovative Electrical Engineers
More than 350 companies come to campus to recruit Michigan Tech students each year, and over 60 percent of those are looking to hire electrical and computer engineers. Our graduates have a job placement of nearly 100 percent within six months of graduation.
Companies interested in our graduates include: Amazon, Nvidia, Microsoft, ArcelorMittal, ITC, Ford, Boston Scientific, Rockwell-Collins, GM, Caterpillar, Dow Chemical, Mercury Marine, IBM, Google, Microsoft, and Consumers Power, among many others.
Electrical and computer engineers are at the forefront of the technological revolution, working in cutting-edge industries including:
- Renewable-energy solutions
- Hybrid-vehicle power
- Control systems for unmanned aerial vehicles
- Reliable, safe power grids
- Robotics systems
- Voice-activated control systems in automobiles