Generally speaking, the goal of engineering is to improve the quality of life of individuals, both here in Canada and around the world, through the principled application of science and mathematics in solving the problems of society. From an electrical and computer engineering perspective, this involves the development of electrical, electronic, and computing systems, and the software that runs them, to meet the diverse needs of individuals and businesses.
In our modern lives, we rely heavily on the work of electrical and computer engineers. Virtually all aspects of our daily activities are made possible by electrical, electronic, and computing systems. Approximately eighty percent of all electrical devices contain at least one microprocessor. Just take a look around your home, school or business and consider how different your day would be without the benefits of electrical devices such as smart phones, computers, televisions, automobiles, refrigerators and the Internet. Electrical and computer engineers are the professionals who design, improve, and apply the electrical devices and systems that we use in our day-to-day lives.
Electrical engineering is the largest branch of engineering. Computer engineering is a rapidly expanding branch of engineering with its roots in both electrical engineering and computer science. Together, there are in excess of 235,000 electrical and computer engineers working in North America. In Manitoba alone, there are over 110 companies employing electrical and computer engineers.
Most electrical and computer engineers are employed by manufacturers of electrical and electronic equipment, computer hardware and software, aircraft, automobiles, business machines, and professional and scientific equipment. Electrical and computer engineers also work at telephone and utility companies, government agencies, colleges and universities, construction firms, engineering consultants, or they may aim to become independent consulting engineers. They can also become actively involved in research developing new computer and electrical technologies.
Electrical and computer engineers are trained to be problem solvers, and can apply their training to other fields which make use of electrical devices, such as biomedicine where they design medical instrumentation or automated artificial limbs. An education in electrical and computer engineering also provides a sound technological background for further studies in medicine, law, and education.
There is no end to the opportunities that will arise as a result of an education in electrical or computer engineering. The fields and functions in which you will find electrical and computer engineers at work are endless. Whether your area of interest involves automation, energy, communications, health, computers and technology, or almost any other field of study, a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Manitoba will serve you well in pursuing a successful career.
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