Why Study Electrical and Computer Engineering?

If you’re motivated, enthusiastic, and ready to learn, this may be the major for you. Few disciplines have had an impact on society greater than that of Electrical or Computer Engineering.  ECE majors create and work directly with a wide array of innovative technologies: Computers, Electronics, Communications, Automation, Robotics, Sensors and Electronic Devices.  Almost regardless of where your interests lie (Cars? Airplanes? Music? Medicine? Biology?) you can be sure to find careers for Electrical or Computer Engineers.  It’s really about being creative, and finding ways to improve people’s lives.

Career Opportunities

Few majors can compete with Electrical and Computer Engineering as a career choice.  The 2013 National Association of Colleges and Employers Salary Survey lists Engineering as the discipline with the highest starting salaries for college graduates.  Among the engineering disciplines, Computer Engineering tops the list with annual starting salaries just above $70,000 (See “The College Degrees With The Highest Starting Salaries,” Forbes, 2013)

Are there Job Opportunities in Maine?

There are job opportunities everywhere.  The fact is that the single largest export from the state of Maine (based on dollar value) is “Electronic Integrated Circuits” (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/state/data/me.html).  Here at UMaine, about half of our graduates end up employed in the state of Maine, but we place graduates all over the country.  Whether you want to stay local or see the world, a degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering should provide plenty of options.