Have you ever wondered what all principles go behind the working of televisions or radios or computers? The answer to the question, in most cases, is an obvious no. The discipline that helps technologists create and study the functioning of such devices is none other than electronics and communication (E&C).
What’s the definition of E&C engineering?
To put it simply, the study of E&C helps develop and analyze the behavior of devices that have circuits. Now let’s read the actual definition: Electronics and communication engineering is a discipline where active, non-linear components (semiconductor devices, electron tubes, etc.) are used to design many significant devices and systems.
What are the different subfields of the discipline?
The entire E&C discipline is made of important subfields such as:
The technology helps engineers in implementing principles, applications as well as algorithms that are developed in other allied fields.
What’s the work of an engineer belonging to the discipline?
An electronics and communication engineer helps in designing, fabricating, testing as well as maintaining electronic equipment and communication devices. The engineers of the discipline, by and large, work with equipment that consumes paltry energy. In addition, the technologists work along with fiber optics, microprocessors, televisions, radios, to mention a few.
Why choose the engineering discipline?
Electronics and communication systems have been the mainstay of industrial revolution. Such type of equipment and systems plays a significant role in influencing the everyday lives of humans. Swirl and take a look around; chances are abundant that your eyes find one or the other such device -mobile phones, televisions, desktops, laptops, to mention but a few.
Also, advanced E&C engineering encompasses the designing, manufacturing and testing of equipment such as:
• Automotive systems
• Control and instrumentation systems
• Medical equipment
• Embedded systems
The need for having electronically advanced equipment never abates, thus, aspirants choose to enter the field. The discipline puts forward challenges of great magnitude. Each of such challenges is rewarding. The engineers of the discipline investigate solutions to challenging problems present in the field.
Different career profiles of Electronics and Communication Engineers
India is one of those telecom markets that have registered unprecedented growth in the recent past. More and more new players are entering the Indian telecom industry. Such a trend points to the many opportunities offered to Electronics and Communication engineers. Graduates of B. Tech (E&C) also have excellent opportunities to get placed in IT industry (hardware and software).
More and more VLSI and Embedded systems are now manufactured in India. Such a growth in VLSI as well as embedded systems has helped E&C engineers get excellent pay packages (three to four lakhs per annum).
Some common sectors where Electronics and Communication Engineers work are:
• Consumer electronics
• Aviation and avionics
• Electricity generation
• Electricity distribution
• Hospital diagnostic equipment
• Offshore industries
A few top recruiters of E&C engineers are:
• Texas Instruments
It’s never easy to chose a college, however before you make that final university selection, you must decide if you want to an education at an online university or a brick-and-mortar college. The result that you get at the end from the both kinds of education is the same – a professional degree. Some important differences may make this selection easier for you:
Time scheduling is the most important factor that differs online education from traditional education. It is very convenient for students to schedule classes around the rest of the day with virtual online universities. On the other hand on campus professional degree courses require students to attend classes at a certain number of times every week, at times set by the university itself. With online education you can review your course material from anywhere at any time that suits you all that is requires essentially is an internet connection and properly working computer.
Mostly a master’s degree online or on campus is opted by young adults who are in the mid level career bracket, and for them time scheduling and self pacing matters a lot! Online forums allow flexibility of being able to take on more courses each semester without being overburdened with the fact that you’ll have to sit through the whole class at time slots given by the university.
In online universities students get to interact a lot via online forums. Not only can peers interact with each other but students from all parts of the world registered with the university can also get in touch easily and students can also interact with faculty members. However in universities the time scheduling factor matters a lot if you’re in a group study you need to set a fix time if you have to meet the professor at his office you again need to set a fix time, so these boundaries are not there in online universities.
Resources and Supplies
The resource levels vary in online and on campus universities, online universities are flexible as well as cost effective hence the course material provided is also cost effective, but quality is not compromised in accredited online universities instead only those notes are given to students that are important for them but in case of on campus students have to purchase various course books and other material which makes the whole system of traditional education far more expensive then online learning.
The search for the “perfect” college can be a very overwhelming and intimidating process, but only if you allow for such. I might be biased, but I believe the college search process is one of the most exciting times of a young adult’s life! Where will he or she spend the next four years? What type of fabulous connections and authentic friendships will he or she make? Like most other things in life, there is no perfect way to begin other than just diving in and believing for the best.
I’ve put together a few tips to make the quest to find the “right” school easier:
1) START EARLY! I cannot stress this enough. I think that it makes all the difference in the world. Many clients ask me how early is too early. In my opinion, there are two types of college visits you should undertake prior to a student’s senior year. The first, merely a visit to see what college is like, how college operates, and to get a general feel for college campuses. These type of trips can begin very early with the prime time for such visits occurring during a student’s 7th, 8th, and 9th grade years. The second type of visit is a more targeted one with specific goals in mind. Perhaps you will attend a college tour, sit in a class, tour the dorms, eat on campus, attend a sporting event, or schedule a meeting with an admissions officer… These types of trips to narrow down the college playing field are best suited, in my opinion for the summer preceding a student’s sophomore or junior year. The pressure of finding the “perfect school” is not as strong, and students are mature enough to categorize information and experiences for future decisions.
2) Narrow down the playing field! There are over 2,000 four-year colleges in the U.S. alone; as a student’s junior year approaches, it is time to narrow the playing field. How can you do that? RESEARCH. As a private college consultant, this is my favorite part of the job… matching student’s strengths, interests, wants, and family financial situations to potential colleges. At times I feel like a matchmaker of sorts, and I am always so thrilled when one of my students falls in love with a college I have found for them. I am planning a whole other post on making your potential college lists, but the following are some basic tools that I use when researching colleges:
•The Princeton Review: The best 379 Colleges (2015). If you look on Amazon, you will find dozens (if not more) of college guide books. This is hands-down my favorite. I do occasionally browse others, but I always find myself coming back to the Princeton Review.
•U.S. News College Compass. This is updated yearly (with a $30 fee) with rankings based on tons of different categories. I highly recommend spending the yearly fee to obtain this great information. There is also a free site put out by U.S. News & World Report with great information, albeit not nearly as detailed.
•The College Board “College Search” tab. This is a great site for students that are just beginning their college search.
3) Request College Brochures. Once you have narrowed down the playing field, look up your prospective colleges and request information! I love the internet and all of its resources, but there is nothing quite like a glossy pamphlet or brochure to help me fall in love with a school.
4) Revisit Schools. The summer before a student’s senior year, or even the spring break before, is a great time to revisit the top schools on a student’s list. This time you need to get into the nitty gritty of academic and campus life! Schedule a tour for sure, request a meeting with an advisor or admissions representative, tour those dorm rooms, visit a class if allowed, check out the town, ASK QUESTIONS.
5) DON’T STRESS! In all honesty, there really is NOT such a thing as the “perfect” school. While Harvard might be the right fit for the guy sitting in front of you in CHEM II, it might not be the perfect school for you. Maybe you’re better suited for Cornell, NYU, or Tufts… all still “perfect” schools if they perfectly suit you. Don’t stress. This is a very exciting time in life where the road ahead is limitless… make the college search process an exciting time as well.