What is Electrical and Electronic Engineering?

Electrical And Electronic Engineers are the trailblazers of technological progress. Electrical engineers design and build systems that generate, harness, transfer and convert electrical power. Electronic engineers design electronic circuits, computer systems, wireless data-transmission technology, and control systems such as aircraft autopilots.

What will you learn?

Electrical Energy Systems – Get to grips with engineering on a grand scale, starting with power distribution across Southern Africa. Learn how to design electrical transmission systems, large-scale electrical machinery, variable speed drives, high-power electronic converters and high-voltage engineering. Find out how best to generate power from renewable resources such as wind and sun, and design battery-powered vehicles – all of growing importance in the electrical-engineering field.

Electronics – This is where you get to build your own audio amplifiers, radio transmitters and computer circuits. Along the way, you will become familiar with elementary electrical components, transistors, integrated circuits, computer circuitry and power electronics. Master this field and you could specialise in microwave electronics, superconducting electronics, ultra-high speed electronics, and the prevention of electromagnetic interference between devices.

Electromagnetic Systems – Ready for a challenge? This is a fascinating field, ranging from the study of the electromagnetic effects of motors and electrical insulators to radio and radar antennas, radio waves and visible light (fibre optics). The scope of study ranges from undergraduate introductory courses to world-class research at graduate level.

Computer Systems – The digital frontier. Learn how to design and build digital electronic systems and microcomputers to control almost every electrical appliance, from automatic irrigation systems to autopilots for aircraft. This field also includes computer programming for embedded systems and reconfigurable logic circuits, as well as the use and development of real-time operating systems to address a range of engineering challenges.

Control Systems – This vital field introduces you to a spectrum of topics ranging from temperature control in air conditioning systems to the sophisticated systems that allow aircraft to land autonomously in thick fog, or to point camera systems accurately from satellites to target areas on the ground. Students learn techniques to design control systems for both electronic (analogue) and computer (digital) implementations, and to apply their knowledge to other branches of engineering.

Signal Processing – Signals include speech, radio waves and television images; they are literally everywhere. You will study their behaviour and use computers to process them (e.g. speech, speaker and image recognition, as well as software-defined radios and protocols). You will also learn how to create mathematical aids to analyze and understand these signals. Postgraduate students are involved with leading-edge research in speech processing, radar and sonar, image processing, and more.