Career Overview

Today, Electrical and Computer Engineering forms the crossroad to advances in practically all engineering disciplines. With the technological advances and the need for intelligent automation and specialized systems, the combined fields of Electrical and Computer Engineering forms the basis for integration of computing power for building diverse and powerful systems with smart and programmable devices such as robots, smart antennas, cell phones; and from the building blocks of the Internet and advances in electromagnetic; alternative energy production, distribution, and transmission, smart grids; development of new materials using subatomic properties that form the foundations for creating larger but lighter, less visible objects to the radar eyes, and more agile in scenarios that are of every day applications. Students in Electrical and Computer Engineering advance to positions of highly technical and specialized responsibilities, and sometimes due to their strong background move into diverse fields such as medicine, law, production, and manufacturing. Thus, for an Electrical or Computer Engineering student the sky is the limit; they can enter most professions, and proceed with many professional and educational options.

Companies hiring recent Electrical and Computer Engineering graduates: Rockwell Collins, Garmin, L-3 Communications, Northrop Grumman, Raven Industries, Nucor, Microsoft, Innovative Systems, Navy Nuclear Program, Digi-Key, EchoStar, Open Systems International, Performance Software, RT Logic, Caterpillar, Cargill, Daktronics

Average starting salary: Computer Engineering $59,400 (2012-13), Electrical Engineering $61,846 (2012-13)

Placement rate: 98% of 2012-13 SDSM&T graduates are working in their career field or pursuing advanced degrees. Placement rate for Electrical and Computer Engineering graduates has been 100% over the last several years.