The Associate of Science in Engineering – Electrical Engineering Program prepares students to pursue a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at a four-year university. Students in the Associate of Science in Engineering – Electrical Engineering Program will receive extensive training to build a strong foundation in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and the fundamentals of electrical engineering. Students are required to earn at least a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 grade scale in all courses in computer science (CSC), engineering (EGN and ELC), mathematics (MAT), and the physical and natural sciences (CHE and PHY) to be eligible to graduate from the Associate of Science in Engineering – Electrical Engineering Program.
The mission of the Electrical Engineering program is to prepare students to pursue a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at a four-year university in the State of Maryland by providing them with a strong foundation in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and electrical engineering fundamentals.
Students who go on to earn a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering will be qualified to obtain jobs as electrical engineers.
Career Options and Occupation Outlook
As technology and communication are increasingly becoming the driving forces of the 21st century, the demand for well qualified professionals in the field of engineering is increasing. The number of electrical engineering jobs in the state of Maryland is expected to increase by 4% from 2012 to 2022 with approximately 110 new electrical engineering jobs becoming available each year. Nationwide, the number of electrical engineering jobs is expected to increase by 5% from 2012 to 2022 with approximately 4410 new electrical engineering jobs becoming available each year. The median starting salary for those who graduate with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering is approximately $64,000.
The most important knowledge, skills, and abilities for electrical engineers are listed below:
- Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
- Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
- Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
- Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
- Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
- Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
- Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
- Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.