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9 Reasons for Studying Electronic Engineering

I am writing this largely in the 1st person in order to convey how I, myself, feel about the issue. It is my hope that there are potentially many others like me out there that may benefit from this discussion. (Popescu here: I am one of the many others and must confirm that it makes me happy when I open my laptop and start working on a project).

I love electronics – I possess the desire to learn

love electronics tshirtWhy electronic engineering? In my thinking, power seems to be low-tech, dated technology – that is unless it is power electronics utilizing power semiconductors, switch mode regulators and the like. While power may interest some, I prefer not to be a run-of-the-mill electrician. I love both complexity and simplicity. I love amperes and nanoamperes. I love kilovolts and microvolts. I love milliohms and megohms. I love farads and picofarads. I love vacuum tubes and transistors. I love oscilloscopes and multimeters. I love analog and digital. In addition, I love math because the entire universe is mathematically interrelated.

It’s a cultural thing

Perhaps there are other engineers in your family and you wish to follow in their footsteps. Perhaps not – if so, you may be the first of a kind. This vocation brings prestige – and yes, I am puffed up! I do not see it, but others have told me so. LOL!

The promise of good pay

In the past, electronic engineers commanded well above average remuneration – especially if you get into the right slot.

Like your job

Most of the world’s work is accomplished by those who do not like what they are doing. Break out of the mould and plan for an enjoyable vocation.

You are the best and brightest

keep calm because you are the bestYour grade point average may help get you into the best engineering school, and perhaps assist in landing you your first job, but it is your creative ability that will keep you throughout your career. Note, however, that GPA cannot measure creativity, and I think that most employers know this. Those with the highest GPA’s are often wanting in social skills, problem solving skills and common sense. For this reason, do not fear that a mediocre GPA will limit your future – mine was mediocre.

You have the financing

Save as much as you can in advance – forgo that new car – live with mom and pop. Apply for grants. Accept money from your rich uncle. Borrow in moderation, but avoid unmanageable debt as it is a subtle killer and may end up ruining your life. I was able to avoid unmanageable debt, but it still required ten years to repay.

Do it now!

School is far easier when you are young and single. It is a strain on a marriage and very difficult when you have children to support – I know all this from experience. Also, relocation is far easier when single – go where the jobs are: regional technology centers, industrial areas etc.

School is a blast

Sure, studying is hard work, but the school environment includes a great social life. The friends you meet there will likely be friends for life…and you might just meet your mate there – I did!

There will always be job openings

electronic engineering jobsEven with the global economy in the tank, existing engineers continue to retire and make room for newbies, new companies form, new technologies develop and economies shift regions. When job searching is tough, hope and pray for a break because most of us will need a break to get the first engineering job – it worked that way for me.
Regardless, do not give up easily. While prospects may be poor when entering school, things may be much better upon graduation.

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  • Eduard

    Hello everybody,

    I am a robotics engineer who started to love electrical engineering ! I find myself doing late night studies on electronics subjects , I never thought that this will be this amazing. I’m so into this !

    Cheers !

  • vilash

    Electronics is fascinating, like you said power is old but electronics is new everyday. I want to add this if you are electronic engineer or a student studying the course like myself, you can start making money before and after you graduate from school which is not possible with power

  • SEUN

    I am so happy for this article, I don’t know there other people who love electronics like I do. Electronics is fascinating, like you said power is old but electronics is new everyday. I want to add this if you are electronic engineer or a student studying the course like myself, you can start making money before and after you graduate from school which is not possible with power. Before you can perform in power you have to be employed but in electronics you can start making some money while in school; like building final year projects for others. Am studying electrical/electronics I am electronics hobbyist my coursemates see me as someone performing wonders and most of them are interested when i show how to do it and they LOVE IT

  • Circuito

    I studied electronic because its the easiest subject for my brain to understand.

  • Ukah Joseph Okechukwu

    What an excellent job you have done by posting this article. It is really an amazing experience to be in the wonderland of electronics where a relatively simple interconnection of components leaves your fans dumbfounded. Sincerely speaking, you wrote as if I remotely controlled your thought. Permit me to give the 10th reason; Electronics world is a world of physical miracles…

  • kirui enock

    Hello guys.am a student of electrical/electronic engineering but i hv found that electronics are cheap to know and very interesting so long as u have known how they behave i realy enjoy electronic enginering.

  • Caks

    Hello everyone,am studying Electrical/Electronic engineering but electronic engineering is very interesting.I repair most of my electronic appliance on my own all because its fun playing and working with them…

  • Daniela

    Hi, I am studying electronics engineering and I love it because all the boys are always there to help me in case I have questions or trouble understanding some things. It’s me and another girl in my class and 18 boys, so you can imagine how lucky we are 😛

  • Khalid

    I study electrical engineering because my father is the only electrician in my village and he is a very respected man. I think electronics might be a good thing to learn too because it will help repairing the TVs and radios.
    I like you article.

  • Popescu Marian

    And after graduation you come here in your free time and publish your work.
    I might add that you can make great things and if you have a really great idea you can submit it to kickstarter or indiegogo to get funds and sell your project to the whole world.

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