Electrical and electronics engineers conduct research, and design,
develop, test, and oversee the development of electronic systems and the
manufacture of electrical and electronic equipment and devices. From the global positioning
system that can continuously provide the location of a vehicle to giant
electric power generators, electrical and electronics engineers are
responsible for a wide range of technologies.
engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacture of
electrical equipment. Some of this equipment includes electric
motors; machinery controls, lighting, and wiring in buildings; radar
and navigation systems; communications systems; and power
generation, control, and transmission devices used by electric
utilities. Electrical engineers also design the electrical systems
of automobiles and aircraft. Although the terms electrical and
electronics engineering often are used interchangeably in academia
and industry, electrical engineers traditionally have focused on the
generation and supply of power, whereas electronics engineers have
worked on applications of electricity to control systems or signal
processing. Electrical engineers specialize in areas such as power
systems engineering or electrical equipment manufacturing.
engineers are responsible for a wide range of technologies, from
portable music players to global positioning systems (GPS), which
can continuously provide the location of, for example, a vehicle.
Electronics engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the
manufacture of electronic equipment such as broadcast and
communications systems. Many electronics engineers also work in
areas closely related to computers. However, engineers whose work is
related exclusively to computer hardware are considered computer
hardware engineers. Electronics engineers specialize in areas such
as communications, signal processing, and control systems or have a
specialty within one of these areasócontrol systems or aviation
electronics, for example.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by
IEEE and the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.