Electrical Engineering


Electrical engineers deal with everything related to electrical devices and systems, and the use of electricity. They work in many diverse areas, including power systems, computers, and communications. Electrical engineers work in the design and manufacture of electronics and electrical devices for a wide spectrum of applications. Many are also involved in consulting, the planning and operation of power systems and telecommunication networks, satellite communications, and biomedical engineering.

What are the typical courses?
Electrical engineers complete their first year of study in common with other engineering students, then go on to a rigorous core-plus-electives program. Courses teach students how to use test equipment, devices, analysis techniques, and software to improve electrical and electronics systems and processes. Classes will include circuits, statistics, electronics, control systems, economics, software design, signal analysis, digital logic and systems, network theory, electromagnetics, microprocessors, electric power machines, and technical communications

What choices do I have in Electrical Engineering?
Technical elective courses can be selected from a group which includes advanced courses in the areas listed above, as well as biomedical engineering, optoelectronics, electrical energy systems, electric filter design, digital communication, and antennas. In addition to a requirement to take six technical electives (at least one from Computer Engineering), students must also choose at least one complementary studies course, typically from the liberal arts or management.

Is there a practical or work experience component?
Electrical Engineering courses are geared toward continuous learning and industrial needs, and experienced staff with industry links introduce the latest problems in class. All students have a team-based capstone design course with industry oriented problems.

What is the advantage of studying Electrical Engineering over science or other professions?
Electrical Engineering combines aspects of applied science to real-life applications. Due to a teaching focus in the department, professors rate much higher than average in student evaluations, and have won teaching, research, community, and professional awards. Also, a degree in Electrical Engineering leads to professional registration. This brings enhanced remuneration, excellent job opportunities, and respect in the community.

What types of jobs do electrical engineers do?
Electrical engineers are in high demand in areas such as communications, controls, power systems, electronics, electro-magnetics, power transmission, and energy. Employers also include electrical and telecommunications utilities, computer software and hardware companies, manufacturing for industrial and consumer markets, consultants, public sector agencies, and research organizations. Currently, 80% of Electrical Engineering students have good engineering jobs before graduation.

Why should I take Electrical Engineering at the University of Manitoba?
The program is fully accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board, and recognized for accreditation purposes as equivalent in seven countries outside Canada. Professors are award-winning internationally-recognized researchers, and 12% of the department faculty and 23% of the engineering students are female. Well equipped, modem computing facilities and laboratories such as the high voltage power transmission, antenna testing, microelectronics, applied electromagnetics, and real time digital simulation, enhance course work.

How do I get in?
Students are accepted each year from University 1 (with the required courses), or following the first year of direct entry to Engineering. Entry into Electrical Engineering is highly competitive. For more information, refer to the University of Manitoba General Calendar.