Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering is about electrical and electronic equipment and systems.

This includes equipment like cell phones and computers and large-scale systems such as power transmission and telecommunications.

Studying in this area involves learning about electricity and electronics as well as working with circuits, processors, etc.

This includes the underlying science and technology, as well as design and construction.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Did you know?

Benjamin Franklin (1707-90) proved that lightning was electrical in nature in 1752 – by flying a kite with a key attached to a wet string in a thunder storm.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Electrical engineer
  • Electrical engineer technician
  • Electrician
  • Electronics technician
  • Electro-mechanical technician
  • Power plant manager
  • Radio technician
  • Telecommunications technician
  • Automotive electrician
  • Research scientist
  • Research assistant
  • Technology teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects

Income

184% of national
median earnings


Employment

72%
Employed
2%
Unemployed
18%
Further study
8%
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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