Your degree in Electrical Engineering

Skills you’ll develop

While studying Electrical Engineering, you're learning to apply your knowledge of electrical systems and devices to invent and design new and innovative technologies such as smart electric grids and wireless wearable technology. You’ll develop important skills to solve modern day problems such as climate change through renewable power and improving patient care through medical devices.

These skills may include:

  • Application of circuit design and analysis principles to develop electrical, electronic and electro-mechanical components, subsystems and processes (e.g., power generation equipment, electrical systems of aircrafts, radar and navigation systems)
  • Preparation of detailed electrical designs of communication, control, power distribution, lighting, and other systems
  • Building prototype electrical systems and verifying designs through analysis and testing
  • Development of sizing and specifications of technical components for electrical systems
  • Usage of specialized software to perform various technical calculations and studies for load, lighting, arc flash, and power system design
  • Equipment testing and assessments in accordance with applicable codes, regulations, industry standards, and practices
  • Technical report writing skills to prepare customer proposals, work plans, schedules, and estimates
  • Coding programs for complex state machines, microcontrollers, arithmetic circuits and interface units using various languages such as C++, Java or Python

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including biomedicine, hardware design, automotive power, electronics, power systems design, autonomous robots, communications and network technology, and software design, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academic backgrounds, skills, and experience with your different interests. Read through the job titles below for ideas. Some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

  • Acoustics engineer
  • Aerospace systems engineer
  • Analog or digital circuit design engineer
  • Artificial intelligence developer
  • ASIC verification engineer
  • Autonomous marine electrical engineer
  • Avionics engineer
  • Biomedical instrumentation technical officer
  • Broadcast technician
  • Computer game designer
  • Control systems engineer
  • Cybersecurity officer
  • Digital engineer
  • Distribution design engineer
  • Electrical and electronics engineer
  • Electrical power system technician
  • Electrical process control engineer
  • Electrical research engineer
  • Enterprise applications manager
  • Failure analysis engineer
  • Fiber and laser optics designer
  • Firmware developer
  • Green power systems engineer
  • Hardware technical architect
  • Instrumentation and control engineer
  • IT infrastructure architect
  • Lighting design applications specialist
  • Mechatronics and controls engineer
  • Network test engineer
  • Process engineer
  • Professor or Lecturer
  • Programmer analyst
  • Radio or television broadcasting design engineer
  • Satellite antenna engineer
  • Signal processing specialist
  • Silicon design engineer
  • Software architect
  • Spacecraft electronics engineer
  • Technical support sales engineer
  • Telecom or Telecommunications engineer
  • Wearable technology designer

Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify your values and interests.

Build your network

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you. You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and finding job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Find UBC Electrical Engineering graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

More information

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