What Do Electrical Engineers Do?

Electrical engineers power the world and are at the center of all communication devices. They design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacture of a wide range of technologies such as portable music players, global positioning systems (GPS), cell phones, robotics, wired and wireless communication systems, power generation and transmission, and automobile control systems.  Recent senior design projects at Purdue University Calumet include remote control of a robotic arm, wireless data transfer between computers, neural computing, speech and speaker recognition systems, automobile collision avoidance systems, energy-efficient lighting, and remote monitoring of a home security system.

Career Opportunities and Job Outlook

Because almost all manufactured goods use electricity in their operation, and the use of computers/microprocessors is so prevalent, electrical engineers are involved in the research, design, and development of almost all devices in all industries, thereby increasing their demand.  The average 2012 starting salary for electrical engineers was $57,300 for those with a Bachelor of Science degree.  The mean salary in May 2010 was $90,170.  Purdue Calumet engineering alumni can be found in high-salaried positions at Fortune 500 companies and industry leaders like: Arcelor Mittal Steel, Advanced Micro Devices, BP, Cisco Systems, Caterpillar, Ford, HP, Honeywell, Intel, Johnson Controls, John Deere, Kimberly Clark, Lockheed, Lucent Technologies, Motorola, National Semiconductor, Northrop Grumman, Panduit, Proctor and Gamble, Peoples Energy, Sargent & Lundy, Siemens, Texas Instruments, United States Steel, and Westinghouse.

Specialized Areas

Faculty expertise includes control systems; communications and signal processing; digital systems, digital image processing, electronics, electromagnetics, embedded systems; microelectronics, neural networks, and power systems.