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Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Electrical and electronic engineering as a subject is valued by employers in many sectors and the University of Nottingham graduates do especially well in securing employment in engineering and technical fields as well as professional roles in non-engineering sectors.

 

What skills will I gain during my degree?

In addition to your professional and technical skills, your electrical or electronic engineering degree will equip you with key employability skills such as:

  • problem-solving
  • research and analysis
  • creative and innovative thinking
  • verbal and written professional communication including presentation skills
  • co-ordinating with others and teamwork
  • digital capabilities

A large proportion of our students go on to work as electrical or electronic engineers, many work towards chartership with The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) as they progress through their careers.

Some students choose to use the skills they have gained throughout their degree to move into graduate roles outside of engineering.

 

Becoming a chartered engineer

A degree in electrical or electronic engineering will allow you to apply for roles as a graduate electrical or electronic engineer.

The qualification will also provide you with the education base to work towards Incorporated Engineer (BEng) or Chartered Engineer (Meng) status through The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), which can be a good way of demonstrating and accrediting your professional competence as an engineer once you start in the workplace. 

 
 

Where and who could I work for?

As an electrical or electronic engineer, there are a number of employment sectors you could consider.

  • Automotive - companies such as JLR, Ford, Renault
  • Aerospace - Rolls Royce, BAE Systems, Meggitt Plc, Airbus)
  • Rail - Network Rail, Colas Rail, Northern, Transport for London
  • Construction and the building industry -Babcock, Hoare Lea, Arcadis, Kier
  • Power distribution and energy - E.ON, SSE, Severn Trent, Western Power Distribution, Siemens
  • Engineering consultancy - Arup, Aecom, WSP
  • Defence - Leonardo, Ultra Electronics, Babcock, MBDA
  • Communications - Babcock, ATOS, Imagination Technologies
  • Electronics industry - Tioga, SMS electronics, TT Electronics

Recent electrical and electronic graduates have joined organisations such as:

  • Alstom
  • Dyson
  • Ford
  • General Electrical
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Leonardo
  • Ocado
  • National Grid 
  • Network Rail 
  • Rolls Royce
  • Siemens
  • Thales 
 

Other engineering roles

Other engineering roles such as process engineering, project engineering, renewable energy engineering can either be progressed into directly with electrical or electronic engineering degrees or following from a more specialised MSc.

Non-engineering careers for engineers:

Not all engineering graduates become engineers. Many of our graduates find alternative opportunities where they are able to use their transferable skills:

  • problem-solving and analysis
  • project management
  • high degree of numerical and computer literacy
  • teamworking
  • communication 

Explore more graduate careers

Examples of non-engineering roles our engineers, Nottingham graduates have entered:

  • Analysis roles – credit analyst, data analyst
  • Finance and accounting
  • Project management
  • Risk management
  • Supply chain
  • Technical and business consulting
  • Technology and software development

Examples of the companies they work for:

  • Bank of America
  • Barclays
  • BT
  • Deloitte
  • KPMG
  • PwC
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Santander
  • Sky
 
 

What are my further study options?

Some students will progress into further study at postgraduate level in both engineering and non-engineering related areas. Examples of recent further study destinations of electrical and electronic engineering students include:

  • MSc Electrical Engineering
  • MSc Scientific Computation
  • MSc Energy and Power Engineering
  • MSc Aerospace Technologies
  • MSc Renewable Energy
  • PGCE Computer Science
  • PhD Electrical Engineering
  • PhD Electronic Engineering

Postgraduate study can be a way to develop a further specialism in a particular area of interest, either through carrying out research or undertaking specialist taught modules.  It can also be a way to gain skills and qualifications in areas outside engineering in order to progress into other professions. 

For students studying for a BEng qualification undertaking an accredited MSc will give you the level of qualification necessary to become a chartered engineer and to meet the entry requirements of some graduate engineering employers who ask for a masters level qualification. For students studying for an MEng degree, undertaking an MSc won’t give you a higher level qualification, but it can be a way of specialising in an area.

Find out more about further study - courses, making applications and funding.

 

How can I develop my skills and gain experience?

Regardless of whether you are a first year or final year, developing skills outside your degree will enhance your CV and allow you to provide evidence of these in applications and at interviews. We have a wide range of opportunities at the University for you to explore:

Faculty of Engineering placements

An industrial placement will enable you to gain industry experience, crucial for your career development.

Industrial placements

Nottingham Summer Engineering Research Programme (N-SERP)

(N-SERP) provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to sample the life of a researcher.

Students work in a supportive learning environment, under the guidance of an academic supervisor. Over the summer they work on a current research project with access to a wide-range of labs and technical facilities normally only used by postgraduate researchers.

N-SERP

Work experience and volunteering

Depending on what area of work or role you might be interested in, and where, there will be specific strategies, from speculative applications to formal processes you need to be familiar with.

Work experience - what, how and when

Nottingham Internship Scheme

We work closely with a huge variety of local and national businesses to bring you an exciting range of internship opportunities, for both current students and recent graduates.

Nottingham Internship Scheme

Nottingham Consultancy Challenge

The Nottingham Consultancy Challenge offers the chance for you to gain hands-on experience of managing a short term project for a local business or charity as part of a multi-disciplinary team.  

Nottingham Consultancy Challenge

Nottingham Advantage Award

The Nottingham Advantage Award offers interesting extracurricular modules to develop and reflect on your employability. With over more than 200 modules across our three campus in the UK, China and Malaysia.

Nottingham Advantage Award

Students' Union

The Students’ Union offers a wide range of volunteering options both locally and internationally which you can fit around your studies.

Alternatively you could get involved in a society or sports club - there's so many, you're bound to find one that interests you!

Students' Union

ShockSoc society

Careers events

We offer a range of events to develop your skills and meet employers throughout the year. Check out:

UK ESP - outside of the University

An opportunity for UK/EU electronics students to apply for scholarships and internships opportunities.

UK Electronic Skills Foundation

 
 

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