Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
Electrical Engineering is everywhere: It is hidden in a washing machine motor or in a computer microchip, in a power plant generator or in an MP3 player. We use electrical engineering when we switch on our TV set or boot the computer. Electrical engineering covers electricity, electronics and electromagnetism. This includes power engineering and automation engineering, communications engineering, microelectronics and computer engineering.
What qualities are required?
To organize your studies successfully, you should be curious, creative and communicative. Moreover, you should be able to work in a team successfully and to think for yourself. If you are interested in mathematics and like solving scientific problems, electrical engineering might be the right choice. Good grades in mathematics and physics could be an indication of a particular aptitude for electrical engineering.
What does the degree course look like?
During the first semesters of the bachelor’s programme the focus is on the subject-specific foundations in:
- Informatics and Microcomputing Technology
- Electrical Engineering
- Systems theory
- Automation Engineering
- Electrical Power Engineering
- Construction, Technical Mechanics and Materials Science
- Communications Engineering
Later on, students can choose an area of specialisation. These include:
- Power Engineering
- Micro- and Nano-electronics
- Information Technology and Communications Engineering
- Technical Informatics
In electrical engineering students often work on projects which give them the opportunity to use their theoretical knowledge in practical applications: Typical projects could be designing electronic components for airbag-systems or designing and comissioning a mini-robot, a wind energy plant or a loud-speaker system.
During the last semester (6th or 7th), students work on their bachelor’s dissertation.
Duration of Studies, Language of Instruction
Lectures and seminars are usually held in German.
A bachelor’s degree course generally takes 6 semesters (or 7 semesters for Electrical Engineering at TU Berlin). The TU9 universities recommend to continue your studies after the bachelor’s degree and to study for a research-oriented master’s degree. The master’s degree allows you to enter many interesting professions or to embark on a doctorate.
The master’s stage also presents a good opportunity to change universities. The subject “Electrical and Information Technology” is offered at all TU9-universities and the degrees are mutually recognised.
At some universities, an internship before or during the degree course is a compulsory part of the curriculum. The internship aims at providing students with knowledge and experience of a company’s daily business.
Fields of Employment
Specialists in electrical engineering, information technology, and technical informatics are sought after in all fields. Their degree has provided them with a solid foundation for working in ground-breaking future technologies. Important fields of employment include telecommunications, mobile communications, information technology, automation engineering, image, sound, and language processing, electrical power engineering, medical engineering, microsystems technology, and nanotechnology. Professional activity can be in research and development, planning and production, consulting, or sales and service.
The demand for skilled specialists is increasing constantly. Current studies show that the demand for new engineers cannot be met by the number of graduates. Thus, the career prospects of new students are excellent and are going to be very good in the near future. This is also confirmed by the Association of German Engineers (VDI).
Visit the websites of the individual TU9-universities for further information on specific study programmes: