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Electrical Engineering Degree

Program Offerings

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology offers:
• Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering
• Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering
• Accelerated master’s in Electrical Engineering (earn your bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in as little as five years)
• Minors: Robotics and Computer Science
• Certificates: Engineering Management and Leadership, Geospatial Technology, Global Engineering, Technology Innovation Certificate and HBX CORe (Credential of Readiness for Business)

What is Electrical Engineering?

Electrical engineering is the study and application of electricity, electronics and electromagnetism. These concepts are applied to the development of equipment such as electric motors, medical devices, communication systems, power generation systems, and navigation systems to name just a few.

At Mines students take classes in areas of controls, embedded systems/robotics, power engineering, and communications/antennas. With a design-integrated curriculum, majors also put their skills into practice by participating in organizations where teams build drones, Formula racing vehicles, and mini Baja cars.

What does a electrical engineer do?

An electrical engineer designs, develops, builds and maintains electrical systems, machines and equipment. The types of electrical systems might include electric motors, radar and navigation systems, communications systems and power generation equipment. Electrical engineers design electrical systems in automobiles and aircraft.

Duties an electrical engineer might do include:
• Design circuits and electronic parts
• Supervise the production, installation and testing of electrical equipment.
• Design ways to improve existing electronic products.
• Evaluate problems with electronic equipment and identify solutions
• Ensure that products meet codes and specifications
• Develop standards and specifications for electrical equipment
• Work with project managers to ensure electrical projects are completed safely and on schedule.

First-Year Courses

Chemistry
Physics
Math
Computer engineering
Computer Science
English

Course Curriculum

Link to Catalog

Internships and Co-ops

77% of Mines students gain real-world experience through paid internships, co-ops, and research opportunities. Electrical engineering majors at Mines participate in co-ops and internships with some of the following companies:
• Raytheon
• GE
• NASA
• Cargill
• Raven Industries
• Los Alamos
• Garmin
• Burns McDonnell
• B9 Creations

Career Outlook

The average starting salary for an SD Mines electrical engineering graduate is $63,723.

Careers

Careers for electrical engineers include:
• robotics
• mobile and computers
• electronics
• communication systems
• electromagnetism
• antennas
• alternative energy, smart grids
• manufacturing and industrial automation
• power generation, transmission, and distribution

Employers

Business that hire SD Mines electrical engineering graduates include:
Burns and McDonnell
Nucor
EchoStar
Caterpillar
Digi-Key
Rockwell Collins
Hormel Foods
Cargill

Electrical Engineering Research

The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Electrical Engineering Department conducts research in the following areas:
• Applied Electromagnetics
• Controlled and autonomous robotics systems
• Power systems and power electronics
• Communications and networking

Students can also participate in a Research Experience for Undergraduates site working on drones, antennas for land mine detection, biomedical imagery analysis, renewable energy, and wireless communications.

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