Prospective Students

Prospective Students

Q:  What is Electrical Engineering?

A: Electrical Engineering can be classified into two broad areas:

1-      Energy – the transfer of energy from one point to another.  This could be over large distances from a hydro-power dam to a power user or it could be from a central transformer to a facility.

2-      Information – the transfer of information from one point to another.  The information could be sound, data or images.  This transfer of information could take place in satellites, televisions, computer systems, telephone networks, portable radios or sound systems.

Q:  What is Computer Engineering?

A:  Computer Engineering is the integration of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the design, analysis and use of computer technology – hardware and software – to develop applications and solutions for every possible use.

Q:  What does an Electrical Engineer do?

A:  Electrical Engineers design and implement transmission models for the high-speed transmission of information and energy.  They develop and program control systems to automate manual and repetitive tasks.  They plan, supervise or manage the distribution of energy, signals and information from central or remote sources to end-users.  Examples include the transmission of images from TV stations to remote devices like TVs, computers and hand-held instruments.  They manage the creation and distribution of energy from one source to another.

Electrical Engineering Areas:

  • Communications and Signal Processing – includes the fundamental communications methods, systems, signal processing
  • Power and Energy Systems and Controls – includes the study of and management of electric machines, electromechanical devices, transmission and distribution of electric power and Energy
  • Electronic Materials and Devices – includes the processing of semiconductor materials, alloys, and 

Q:  What does a Computer Engineer do?

A: Computer Engineers (CEs) design the control systems for production lines.  They create software for managing digital switching systems.  CEs plan and supervise the installation of computer networks or develop new operating systems for client specific needs.  They also engage in research to find methods of creating smaller, more powerful computer chips or systems that can be applied to varied applications.

Computer Engineering Areas:

  • Communications – the application of computers to all types of communications systems
  • Control Systems – the use of computers and computer software to control a specific process
  • Electronic Devices and Circuits – fabrication of the basic elements of a computer as well as the design of circuits using these devices
  • Microwaves, Antennas, Satellites and Fiber Optics – involves transmitting and receiving information through high speed communications networks around the world
  • Software Engineering – involves the specifications, design, implementation, testing and maintenance of all software systems.  

Q: What kind of job opportunities are there?

A:  Electrical Engineers (EEs) can work in product development, product testing, systems management, sales and provide consulting in industries including power, transportation, manufacturing, automotive, chemical pharmaceuticals, defense and more.  They also can apply their skills in administration, management, law, education and medicine.

See what’s in store for Electrical Engineering careers in the 21st Century.

New applications for computers will only continue to grow in the future.  The CE has the opportunity to explore both hardware and software in the design, development and testing of systems that are used in every industry, in every country and in water, air and space exploration.

See what’s in store for Computer Engineering careers in the 21st Century.

For more information about Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University, contact us at ecen@ncat.edu


For more information about the Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering programs at NC A&T, you may contact any of the following individuals:


Dr. John Kelly Jr., Chair and Associate Professor
jck@ncat.edu


Mr. Trevor Taylor, Manager Student Services
taylort@ncat.edu


Phone: 336-285-3712