Electrical Engineering (ELC) and Telecommunications (ELT)

Career opportunities

The primary work of engineers is to provide the essential infrastructure allowing an organised society to exist. This requires innovation, productivity and efficiency.

Professional engineers though, have a much wider variety of options available than this primary focus. The Electrical Engineer is distinguished by possession of special knowledge about using electromagnetic fields and waves to shift, process and control energy, information and materials. 

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Find out more about Electrical Engineering

What is Electrical Engineering?

Electrical Engineering is a broad and creative career choice. Engineering is about making a difference to the way we live and act. This means it involves the systematic design, construction and operation of systems that satisfy human requirements, but using only finite resources.

This profession delivers a vast range of familiar applications, such as bringing you the world-wide web, the reliable generation and transmission of electrical energy, microprocessor controlled systems, microelectronics and micromachinery for medical implants, and the switching and control protocols for mobile telephone networks.

Electrical Engineers make possible most of the infrastructure, facilities and devices that will continue to enhance the welfare and quality of life of people through the 21st century. Consider what a crisis it is when there is a power black out!

What is Telecommunications?

Telecommunications is a specialised sub-discipline of Electrical Engineering. Telecommunication Engineers design, implement and operate the technology, systems and infrastructures that move and process information.

They also design, develop and support devices, equipment and systems for a very large range of applications, including the data and computer networks of the Internet; microelectronics for cellular and other telephone systems; radio transmitters and receivers for high precision satellite systems for aviation and maritime navigation such as GPS; and television and radio broadcasting image and signal processing systems.

For more information contact:

Dr Francois Ladouceur
Co-op Coordinator
School of Electrical Engineering
Phone: 02 9385 5304
Email: f.ladouceur@unsw.edu.auee.co-op@unsw.edu.au
Web: www.eet.unsw.edu.au



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Who should apply?

In addition to meeting the general entrance requirements for a Co-op scholar (see Are you the next Co-op scholar?), successful applicants should also:

  • Be creative people with an ambition to change things and a passion to make things work better,
  • Enjoy difficult challenges,
  • Have an aptitude for mathematics and physics.

Professional engineers are a diverse group of people who provide the management, leadership and technical expertise to shape our future.

The recommended knowledge for entry into the UNSW Co-op Program in Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications is:

  • English
  • Mathematics Extension 1
  • Physics

See FAQs for 'What is Recommended &/or Assumed Knowledge?'

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