Why Pursue a Degree in Electronics Engineering?

Why Pursue a Career in Electronics Engineering
By John Koehler November 15, 2020

With new, innovative technology being developed every day, there are many areas of technology interest for students interested in electronics engineering. A wide variety of industries have electronics engineers, including telecommunications, manufacturing, engineering services, agriculture, transportation, and research and development.

What Is Electronics Engineering?

Electronics engineering is a sub-discipline of electrical engineering that involves the design and development of electronic equipment, including individual components, software and circuitry. This equipment is intended to transmit and interpret signals, then perform specific tasks based on predetermined parameters. Electronics engineers construct the internal systems of many electronic products, such as cell phones, televisions, satellites, GPS devices, audio-visual equipment, radar and sonar systems, and broadcast and communication networks.

While electrical engineering is focused on producing and distributing electrical power through mechanical equipment, electronics engineering is focused on the specific parts that comprise the internal workings of this equipment. A useful example is that of the cell phone. Electronics engineers concentrate on creating a cell phone’s components and ensure they each work according to plan, while electrical engineers focus on the way voice and visual data is transmitted from the phone to satellite relays. Both kinds of professionals are involved in designing and maintaining electrical equipment, but electronics engineers have a more specific focus.

Is Electronics Engineering Right for Me?

Electronics engineering is fast-paced and requires a rigorous course of study. To determine if this is the right degree for you, you should consider your strengths, interests and motivations for wanting to learn about the field. Do you enjoy math and science? Are you passionate about technology and electronics? Do you find satisfaction and personal fulfillment in challenging yourself? Do you thrive on creative analysis and problem-solving? Are you willing to commit to long hours of hard work? Do you have a strong desire to contribute to society and improve the world? If you answered yes to these questions, electronics engineering might be a good fit.

And if you prefer a flexible, personalized style of learning, an online degree program may be ideal. You can coordinate your studies around a full-time job and household obligations, meaning you don’t have to sacrifice employment or time with your family to earn your degree.

On average, an online electronics engineering degree takes full-time students four to six years to complete. However, the undergraduate electronics engineering program at UA Grantham is designed to be completed in 38 months and costs just $295 per credit hour.

Electronics Engineering Responsibilities

The responsibilities of electronics engineers vary depending on the industry in which one is working. These engineers develop testing and support processes for electrical equipment and evaluate current designs to ensure they function properly and meet industry safety standards. They analyze the needs of customers, establish requirements and budgets for electrical systems, and recommend modifications to improve performance. Electronics engineers research, design and oversee every step of product development, from conception to manufacturing. They may work in telecommunications, transportation, computing or aviation.

Electronics engineers play key roles in the research and development of new technologies, as well as their implementation and management. These engineers will be integral to updating the nation’s power grid as fossil fuels continue to run out. Renewable energy options, such as solar power, must be explored and harnessed, and electronics engineers will be tasked with directing and optimizing these efforts.

Why UA Grantham?

We understand that the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic have drastically changed lives—at UA Grantham and beyond. Managing your time is difficult enough, but this pandemic has made it even more challenging. Some parents are now educating their children at home, and others are working several jobs. Many feel they can’t handle another responsibility as important as education.

At UA Grantham, it’s always been our mission to provide education that is flexible and accessible. The classes we offer in our more than 50 degree programs start every month, so you can begin your program whenever it’s right for you. And, with no set class times, you’re able to take classes and complete coursework at any time of day. As we navigate COVID-19, flexibility is more important than ever. UA Grantham is built to accommodate, and our student advisors are always available to help with scheduling, time management or anything else.

Interested in pursuing an electronics engineering degree at one of the country’s first online universities? Learn more about electronics engineering and other engineering programs at UA Grantham and reach out to an admissions expert today!

About the Author

John Koehler
John Koehler is a senior marketing specialist on University of Arkansas Grantham's marketing operations team. John is passionate about enabling education opportunities and a positive experience for prospective students. John holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a concentration in Marketing from Rockhurst University.
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