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Samuel Parker completed an internship as a Test Engineer and Data Analyst at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California.
Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.
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5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 12 years maximum.
At UON we train engineers capable of solving the greatest global challenges. As an electrical engineer you can help develop precision agriculture technology to increase food production efficiency, refine aircraft electrical systems and even build smart grid systems to help manage alternative energy resources. Or, like our team of researchers, you could develop medical technology such as the artificial pancreas.
What is electrical engineering? Electrical engineering involves fields such as electronics, computer systems, telecommunications, bioengineering, control, robotics and electrical power engineering. Electrical engineers design and build systems and machines that generate, transmit, measure, control and use electrical energy essential to modern life.
Why combine engineering with science? Complete these two bachelor degrees in just five years – deepen your technical skills with comprehensive physics courses which are available in the Bachelor of Science. Physics is fundamental to engineering and a deeper knowledge of this science can help you solve more complex engineering problems. This advanced theoretical background will also open up opportunities in research and development.
Build critical technical and engineering skills in:
Connect with industry through guest lectures and interdisciplinary projects solving real world problems with electrical and electronic engineering solutions. Gain invaluable practical experience through your industry placement.
Become job-ready through our professional practice courses. You'll learn to tackle ‘wicked problems’ and develop essential workplace skills in finance, project management, sustainability, communication and entrepreneurism.
Develop your physics skills in:
Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.
These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.
Electrical engineers are employed in utilities, industry, manufacturing, consulting services and electronic design and development. Graduates might focus on electronics engineering. They could specialise in automation and control engineering, or they may work in robotic engineering or power generation and distribution. Average starting salaries for engineers are great – more than $80,000 per annum.
Electrical engineering is flexible and diverse. You may prefer hands-on fieldwork, design and development, or a leadership role managing people and projects. Typical positions include:
Remarkably, engineering is the most commonly held degree among the highest performing Fortune 500 CEOs – the CEOs of companies such as Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Tesla Motors are all engineers.
The combined degree advantage: Your advanced physics skills will help you enter specialist roles in research and development. Employers will value the depth and diversity of your skills and you’ll be well placed to take up leadership roles in engineering.
All University of Newcastle engineering students have the opportunity to complete 12 weeks of industrial experience during their degree. This can be completed in one block or as shorter placements of no less than two weeks. Through your work placement you’ll build important professional networks and put your learning into practice.