Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Electrical and electronic engineering deals with the application of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism. It involves the generation, storage and use of electricity, as well as the design of integrated circuits, sensors and actuators to smart systems such as robots. This discipline involves the transmission and transformation of information using computers and communication networks, and the design of new electronic and computer products.
Electrical and electronic engineers have played a major role in the development of many technological advances, from personal computing and smart phones to autonomous vehicles and renewable electrical power. Digital television, unmanned aerial vehicles, robotics, medical imaging, and space exploration have all been the outcome of electrical engineering innovation.
Why study at UC?
- UC is ranked in the top 250 universities in the world in Electrical Engineering (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2017).
- UC has world-class engineering facilities including the only high-voltage lab in New Zealand.
- UC hosts the Electric Power Engineering Centre, which coordinates a field trip for undergraduate students to visit some examples of New Zealand's electricity infrastructure eg, power stations.
- See the Engineering subject page for a host of other reasons why UC's College of Engineering is a world-class destination for engineering studies.
Minor in Power Engineering
The minor in Power Engineering is available for those with a particular interest in specialised electrical systems, including electrical distribution and usage in devices such as generators and transformers.
The first year of the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours is called the Engineering Intermediate Year. For Electrical and Electronic Engineering students, this is made up of:
Five compulsory courses taken by all Engineering students:
- ENGR100 Academic Writing Assessment*
- ENGR101 Foundations of Engineering
- EMTH118 Engineering Mathematics 1A
- EMTH119 Engineering Mathematics 1B
- PHYS101 Engineering Physics A: Mechanics, Waves and Thermal Physics
* No EFTS, no fees.
Plus courses specific to Electrical and Electronic Engineering:
- COSC121 Introduction to Computer Programming
- EMTH171 Mathematical Modelling and Computation or MATH120 Discrete Mathematics
In addition you must study at least 30 points of elective courses
To ensure a total workload of 120 points in the first year. It is advisable to check with the College of Engineering student advisor for suggested electives.
- To see how this qualification is structured, see the degree diagram on the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours page.
- See the Regulations for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Intermediate Year.
- For guidance on how to structure your Intermediate Year, visit the College of Engineering.
The professional years
Once you have completed the Engineering Intermediate Year and successfully applied for entry into Electrical and Electronic Engineering, you will study that discipline within the three professional years.
The First and Second Professional Years are aimed at establishing a sound foundation in the core Electrical and Electronic Engineering subjects. Courses focus on circuits and signals, electronics and devices, electrical systems, computer systems, electric power, engineering materials, and electrical engineering economics and management.
A significant amount of flexibility in course structure is available in the Third Professional Year. The list of options includes embedded computer systems, digital electronics, robotics, signal processing, communications engineering, control systems, power electronics, nanotechnology, electronic devices, electric power engineering, and renewable energy system design. During the Third Professional Year, each student undertakes a major project. These projects give students the opportunity to solve real engineering problems in cooperation with industrial sponsors.
UC's programme provides a solid grounding in the theoretical fundamentals of electrical engineering, as well as valuable practical experience building and testing real systems through projects such as solar cell fabrication, solar-powered cars, electric go-karts, robot hardware and software, and radio-frequency amplifiers.
UC Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduates are well prepared to join the technological revolution, with a wide range of career options. Some examples of these are as a consulting engineer, electronic design engineer, biomedical engineer, an entrepreneur or as a teacher/educator in industry, school or university.
Now and in the future, electrical and electronic engineers have the opportunity to develop innovative systems such as:
- new ways of generating power from renewable energy sources eg, wind, hydro and solar
- faster, cheaper and more reliable ways of sending information through mobile phone networks, the internet and new communications technologies yet to be developed
- more precise non-invasive medical instruments and scanners
- new nano-scale devices and materials that enable whole new ranges of products
- more efficient ways of using electric power, such as low-power lighting systems
- intelligent systems, such as autonomous cars or search-and-rescue robots, to improve people's lives while protecting the environment
- better ways of gathering information through sensor networks to help people like farmers and manufacturers make accurate decisions
- new ways of controlling the administration of medicines or the motion of rockets.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
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