From our daily lives, electrical and information technology has become indispensable - be it in the form of computer chips in smartphones, electricity is in cars and trains, solar panels on rooftops or networked communication systems in "smart factories". This area of study has overlapped with many other areas of technology.
Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
The electrical and information technology is a key technology for technical progress - for example in the area of "Industry 4.0".
The study field at a glance
Degree courses in this field include not only "electrical engineering", "electrical engineering and information technology" but also electrical and aeronautical engineering, integrated circuit design, communications engineering and microelectronics. Degrees in this area are offered on a basic and continuing basis at universities and technical colleges.
Contents of the course
Important basic subjects for the study of electrical engineering and information technology are mathematics, physics and applied computer science, where mathematics is of greater importance compared to other engineering subjects. Mechanics, material science, technical heat theory are important supplementary subjects. But also business basics and management methods are taught. In advanced studies, systems theory plays an important role in the modeling, analysis and optimization of complex systems of information, energy and automation technology.
Admission criteria & course application
In addition to the general or subject-specific higher education entrance qualification, most courses of this field are admission-free. At some universities, however, an internship must be proven before the beginning of the studies.
Possible careers after graduation
Engineers of the electrical and information technology can be found in almost all sectors with a variety of functions and activities. They develop, calculate, design and test new components, equipment, machinery and systems or processes for their manufacture. They supervise the production, assembly, networking, commissioning, maintenance and operation of electrical systems. Also in the field of research, software production, training and further education, in sales and marketing, technical customer service, quality assurance, business organization and corporate management, are areas of activity. In interdisciplinary fields such as mechatronics, industrial engineering, business informatics and media technology, their knowledge is also in demand.