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Electrical Engineering

What is an electrical engineer?

Working in industries from aerospace to mining, electrical engineers design and develop the electronic hardware and software that make up modern products such as computers, cell phones, vehicle engine controllers, aircraft autopilots, and power plants.

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. Learn more at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering's website.


Average Starting Salary

  • Burns and McDonnell
  • Nucor
  • EchoStar
  • Caterpillar
  • Digi-Key
  • Rockwell Collins
  • Hormel Foods
  • Cargill


  • robotics
  • mobile and computers
  • electronics
  • communication systems
  • electromagnetism
  • antennas
  • alternative energy, smart grids
  • manufacturing and industrial automation
  • power generation, transmission, and distribution

Internships & Co-ops

75% of Mines students gain real-world experience through internships, co-ops, and research opportunities at an average salary of over $17 an hour at 240 employers in 39 states. 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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Global Experiences

Experience the adventure of international travel and apply your engineering knowledge to humanitarian efforts with Engineers & Scientists Abroad. Mines students have completed projects in Suriname, Chile, Mongolia, Haiti, Guatemala, Egypt, Colombia, and Tanzania.

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Not just academic experts, faculty in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering consult with industry and government on important regional, national and global projects.

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