Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Electrical and Electronic Engineers harness one of the fundamental forces of the universe, electromagnetism, for the benefit of the world.
Electrical and Electronic Engineers create systems to provide efficient and sustainable power for homes and industry, the physical parts that transfer information between computers, and also the smart miniature devices we now have throughout the modern world.
Electrical and Electronic Engineering involves being creative with the generation, storage, and use of electricity; the design and programming of smart systems, such as robots and mobile devices; as well as the design and use of integrated circuits, sensors, and actuators. This discipline also involves the transmission and transformation of information using computers and communication networks, and the design of new electronic and computer products.
Electrical and Electronic Engineers have played a major role in the development of many technological advances, from personal computing and smart phones to autonomous vehicles and renewable electrical power. Digital television, unmanned aerial vehicles, robotics, medical imaging, and space exploration have all been possible in large part because of electrical engineering innovation.
Minor in Power Engineering
The minor in Power Engineering is available for those with a particular interest in specialised electrical systems, including electrical distribution and usage in devices such as generators and transformers.
- UC is ranked in the top 250 universities in the world for Electrical and Electronic Engineering (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2019).
- UC has world-class engineering facilities including the only high-voltage lab in Aotearoa New Zealand.
- UC hosts the Electric Power Engineering Centre, which coordinates a field trip for undergraduate students to visit some examples of electricity infrastructure eg, power stations.
- See the Engineering subject page for many other reasons why UC's College of Engineering | Te Rāngai Pūkaha is a world-class destination for engineering studies.
UC offers Electrical and Electronic Engineering as a discipline within the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours.
Students may also choose to complete a minor alongside their discipline in Power Engineering.
Intermediate Year (first year)
The first year of the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours is called the Engineering Intermediate Year. For Electrical and Electronic Engineering students, this is made up of:
Five compulsory courses taken by all Engineering students:
- ENGR 100 Engineering Academic Skills (0 points, no fees)
- ENGR 101 Foundations of Engineering
- EMTH 118 Engineering Mathematics 1A
- EMTH 119 Engineering Mathematics 1B
- PHYS 101 Engineering Physics A: Mechanics, Waves, Electromagnetism and Thermal Physics
Plus courses specific to Electrical and Electronic Engineering:
And one of:
- COSC 122 Introduction to Computer Science
- EMTH 171 Mathematical Modelling and Computation
- MATH 120 Discrete Mathematics
In addition you must complete another two 100-level optional courses. Check with the College of Engineering | Te Rāngai Pūkaha Student Advisor for suggested options.
The Professional Years (2nd–4th years)
Once you have completed the Engineering Intermediate Year and successfully applied for entry into Electrical and Electronic Engineering, you will study that discipline within the three professional years.
UC's programme provides a solid grounding in the theoretical fundamentals of electrical engineering, as well as valuable practical experience building and testing real systems through projects such as solar cell fabrication, solar-powered cars, electric go-karts, and robot hardware and software.
First Professional Year
- ENEL 198 Electrical Workshop Course (0 points, no fees)
- ENEL 199 Basic Workshop Course (0 points, no fees)
- ENGR 200 Engineering Work Experience (0 points, no fees)
- EMTH 210 Engineering Mathematics 2
- EMTH 211 Engineering Linear Algebra and Statistics
- ENEL 200 Electrical and Computer Engineering Design
- ENEL 220 Circuits and Signals
- ENEL 270 Principles of Electronics and Devices
- ENEL 280 Principles of Electrical Systems
- ENEL 290 Waves and Materials in Electrical Engineering
- ENCE 260 Computer Systems
Second Professional Year
- ENCE 361 Embedded Systems 1
- ENEL 300 Electrical and Computer Engineering Design 2
- ENEL 301 Fundamentals of Engineering Economics and Management
- ENEL 320 Signals and Communications
- ENEL 321 Control Systems
- ENEL 372 Power and Analogue Electronics
- ENEL 373 Digital Electronics and Devices
- ENEL 382 Electric Power and Machines
Third Professional Year
Plus six courses chosen from:
- ENCE 461 Embedded Systems 2
- ENCE 464 Embedded Software and Advanced Computing
- ENEL 420 Advanced Signals
- ENEL 422 Communications Engineering
- ENEL 471 Power Electronics 2
- ENEL 480 Electrical Power Systems
- ENEL 481 Electrical Machines
- ENEL 491 Nano Engineered Devices
- ENME 403 Linear Systems Control and System Identification
- ENMT 482 Robotics
- ENEL 667 Renewable Electricity System Design
- Any approved 400-level Engineering course
UC Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduates are well prepared to join the technological revolution, with a wide range of career options. Some examples of these are as a consulting engineer; electronic design engineer; biomedical engineer; an entrepreneur; or as a teacher/educator in industry, school, or university.
Now, and in the future, electrical and electronic engineers have the opportunity to develop innovative systems such as:
- new ways of generating power from renewable energy sources eg, wind, hydro, and solar
- faster, cheaper, and more reliable ways of sending information through communication networks
- more precise non-invasive medical devices, instruments, and scanners
- new nano-scale devices and materials
- more efficient ways of using electric power and intelligent systems, such as autonomous cars or search-and-rescue robots
- better ways of gathering information through sensor networks to help businesses make accurate decisions
- new ways of controlling the administration of medicines or the motion of rockets.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
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College of Engineering | Te Rāngai Pūkaha
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
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