Your degree in Electrical Engineering

While studying Electrical Engineering,  you're learning to apply your knowledge of electrical systems and devices to discover 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 academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that 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 understanding of your values and interests.

UBC Electrical and Computer Engineering Student Society
Participate in social activities and industry events to meet like-minded individuals.

UBC Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Student Branch
Attend technical workshops, participate in industry field trips and join student competitions.

Biomedical Engineering Graduate Student Association
Join the mentorship program, access professional development opportunities, and connect with like-minded individuals.

UBC Subbots
Collaborate with peers from multiple disciplines to design and manufacture an autonomous underwater vehicle.

UBC Formula Electric
Join a multidisciplinary team to build an electric formula-style race care to compete in the annual international competition.

UBC Thunderbots
Design and create competitive robots to compete in the Small Size League of the international Robocup Federation.

UBC Orbit
Gain hands-on technical experience in developing new satellite technologies.

Bionics Engineering Analysis and Research UBC
Collaborate with peers from multiple disciplines to solve challenging problems in the robotics and bionics field.

UBC Summer Tech Camps
Connect kids and teens to science, programming, and robotics as a summer camp staff member.

UBC Engineering Co-op
Gain work experience in electrical engineering between study terms.

entrepreneurship@UBC
Get the resources and mentorship support you need to take your startup idea to the next level.

UBC Esports Association
Attend events and meet people from various gaming communities across the Lower Mainland.

Innovation OnBoard
Learn about the world of entrepreneurship and join a competition team to develop your entrepreneurial skills.

Code the Change Foundation
Use your technical skills to create innovative software solutions for non-profit organizations.

Creative Destruction Lab Health Stream
Get the resources and mentorship support you need to take your health innovation idea to the next level.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

Internet of Things (IoT) Events
View upcoming events and conferences on new technologies for different sectors.

BCTech job board
Check out tech and engineering job opportunities within BC.

Make connections

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 exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

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