Types of Engineers
Electrical and Electronic Engineers
Totally Bright Ideas
If it involves electricity, there’s an electrical engineer behind it. A longer-burning light bulb, flat panel TV, the tablet you can’t get along without, your smart phone, GPS, microwave oven, and the Internet—they’ve all benefitted from the bright ideas of electrical engineers.
Electrical engineers work with the big and the small—from the tiniest microchips all the way up to giant power stations that light up our lives. Control systems are big with electrical engineers. Think cruise control on your parents’ car, or the air traffic control systems that keep airplanes on the proper path without smacking into each other. And just imagine, say, a gum factory. The action can get fast and furious, with thousands of sticks of gum being made, flavored, colored, cut, sorted and wrapped. Electrical engineers develop computer control systems that let manufacturers control their products every step of the way.
One thing about electrical engineers is that they’re always making things smarter. Like the smart tag on your car that lets you zip through the tollbooth and then sends the bill to Mom and Dad…and a smart front door that tells you who’s ringing your doorbell when you’re not at home…and even a smart umbrella that tells you if it’s going to rain, and sends you a message if you’ve accidentally left it at basketball practice. Click here to see some of the recent achievements of electrical engineers.
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