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Careers in ECE

Being recognized as a top engineering school at both the state and national level has been very beneficial for Kansas State Engineering. Our graduates are highly sought after by industry leading companies, government laboratories, and academic programs for advanced degrees in engineering, medicine, business, and law. Almost all current students obtain either an internship, COOP, or research experience prior to graduation. Many of our graduates end up working for industry leading companies such as: Qualcomm, Intel, Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Google, Garmin, Novatech, Northrop Grumman, Aeroflex, GE, Bettis Labs, MAC Equipment, Burns & McDonnell, Halliburton, Black & Veatch, NASA, Westar, National Instruments, Sunflower Electric Power, Kiewit, Honeywell, Nebraska Public Power District, Omaha Public Power District, Cerner, Sprint and many more.

Professions in Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineering is a profession in which science, technology and problem-solving skills are applied to create solutions to complex problems. 

An electrical engineer will have earned a bachelor’s degree or possibly a master’s degree in electrical engineering.  If the engineer’s interests lie in research then a doctorate is usually required. Upon graduation, a new engineer will typically be in an entry level engineering role learning about the products and services offered by the employer as well as learning the company's design standards and testing procedures.  As the young engineer’s tenure lengthens, new responsibilities might include the specification, design, development, testing and implementation of products or systems. Research into the latest solutions available or creating new ideas is also a possibility. 

As experience is gained, the engineer will be expected to identify problems and formulate appropriate high-performance, cost-effective technical solutions, ensure the design is both safe and economical to manufacture, develop testing procedures that are both relevant to the design and the end user, and ensure the product or system complies with state, global and ethical regulations.

Some typical job titles for electrical engineers are:

  • Design engineer
  • Project engineer
  • Quality control engineer
  • Reliability engineer
  • Research and development engineer
  • Systems design engineer
  • Process and manufacturing engineer
  • Field engineer
  • Test engineer
  • Sales engineer
Professions in Computer Engineering

Many of the same responsibilities the electrical engineer has will be held by the computer engineer. However, a computer engineer’s work may reside in hardware development, software development, or both. The computer engineer can be thought of as the value-added part of the overall system design. Many of today’s devices we take for granted would not be possible without the computer engineer designing and embedding high-performance computing architectures and developing the software needed for system operation. The computer engineer by virtue of education will likely be involved in many aspects of system development and will often be tasked with developing and embedding software that will fuse the various hardware pieces into a functioning system to carry out complex tasks.

Having a background in electrical engineering is necessary for the computer engineer since software the computer engineer writes, controls the electrical engineer's design.  Extensive knowledge of the electrical system is crucial when trying to debug software that controls how the different pieces of hardware interact.

Some typical job titles for computer engineers are:

  • Software design engineer
  • Software project engineer
  • Software quality control engineer
  • Software reliability engineer
  • Software architect engineer
  • Software systems design engineer
  • Test engineer
  • Sales/field applications engineer
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