Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Electrical and Electronic Engineers harness one of the core forces of the universe to enable a sustainable future for our world and to effectively combat climate change. They create systems to provide efficient and clean energy solutions for homes and industry, design the hardware that transfers information between computers, and develop the smart, internet-enabled, miniaturised devices we increasingly see around us.
Digital television, unmanned aerial vehicles, robotics, medical imaging, and space exploration have all been possible in large part because of electrical and electronic engineering innovation.
Minor in Power Engineering
Efficient and sustainable power generation and transmission is highly important in our modern world. Studying the Power Engineering minor will allow you to investigate electric power generation, distribution, and usage. Systems such as generators, transformers, and motors are widely used across different industries, and therefore need graduates with the expertise to create and improve these.
You can find employment power generation companies, consultancies, transmission companies, contractors, energy retailers, equipment suppliers, and distribution companies. You may also find the knowledge gained through this minor useful in transport industries that deal with the design of electrical railways, aircraft, and electric motors.
- UC hosts Te Hiranga Pūhanga Hiko | Electric Power Engineering Centre, which coordinates a field trip for undergraduate students to visit electricity infrastructure throughout Aotearoa.
- UC is ranked in the top 300 universities in the world for Electrical and Electronic Engineering (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021).
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.
The first year of the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours is made up of:
Six compulsory courses taken by all Engineering students:
- ENGR 100 Engineering Academic Skills
- ENGR 101 Foundations of Engineering
- EMTH 118 Engineering Mathematics 1A
- EMTH 119 Engineering Mathematics 1B
- COSC 131 Introduction to Programming for Engineers
- PHYS 101 Engineering Physics A: Mechanics, Waves, Electromagnetism and Thermal Physics
Plus courses specific to Electrical and Electronic Engineering:
In addition you must complete two other 100-level optional courses. Check with Te Rāngai Pūkaha | College of Engineering Student Advisor for suggested options.
Once you have completed the first year and successfully applied for entry into Electrical and Electronic Engineering, you will study that discipline within the next three 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.
- ENEL 198 Electrical Workshop Course
- ENEL 199 Basic Workshop Course
- ENGR 200 Engineering Work Experience
- 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
- 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
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 equipped to join the technological and information revolution, with a wide range of career options. These include an electronics design engineer, biomedical engineer, embedded systems engineer, consulting engineer, entrepreneur, or an educator/researcher in industry, school, or university.
Now, and especially in the future, electrical and electronic engineers have the opportunity to develop innovative systems such as:
- new and sustainable ways of generating power from wind, hydro, and solar
- more precise and smarter medical devices, instruments, and scanners
- more efficient ways of using electric power and intelligent systems, such as autonomous cars or search-and-rescue robots
- new nano-scale devices and materials
- 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
- faster, cheaper, and more reliable ways of sending information through communication networks.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
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