Electronic Engineering

What is electronics?

Electronics explained

Dealing with information

Electronic Engineering brings into our lives all of the modern products (and gadgets!) which we take for granted. These devices are often unseen and unrecognised, but utterly essential to our social, business and industrial lives. Electronic Engineering is concerned mainly with the systems used for the transmission and processing of information of all kinds, from simple control circuits to complex international satellite digital telecommunications systems. It includes analogue and digital television systems, portable computers, super computers and sophisticated space exploration systems.

Electronic Engineering involves the design, manufacture and application of electronic components, in particular, semiconductor microchips. It also is central to industrial automation and encompasses areas such as robotics, artificial intelligence and satellite launching and position control. The knowledge required for a job in the field of electronics is very special and includes a good grounding in the fundamentals of electricity and electronics with their application to computer systems, communications systems, modern automobiles (including Formula One!), aerospace, and many other fields.

What will I study?

During your 3 or 4 years you will study a variety of subjects which address the four main areas:
Electronic Engineering,
Embedded Systems (microprocessor based),
Communications Engineering,
Control Engineering.
You will study up to 27 hours per week in years 1 and 2 and 24 hours a week in years 3 and 4. Approximately half of the workload is spent in laboratories. Years 2 and 3 also include project work.

What kind of work will I do when I graduate?

Both programmes aim to produce graduate engineers to work in the electronics, embedded systems and communications industries in Ireland or abroad. See our graduate profiles for more information on employment.

What other opportunities are open to me when I graduate?

If you graduate from 4th year with a First- or Upper Second-Class Honours grade, you may pursue postgraduate research to Masters (MEng) and then to Doctorate level.

Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
CIT, Rossa Avenue, Bishopstown, Cork, Ireland.

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