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Electrical and Electronics Engineers

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Electrical and electronics engineers usually work in offices while planning research studies and designing electronic systems. They may work outdoors when overseeing the installation of new equipment.

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Electrical and electronics engineers supervise and coordinate the research, design, development, testing, procurement, modification, and repair of electrical and electronics equipment. These systems include radar, data systems, electronic warfare devices, and electronic components of missile weapons systems. Electrical and electronics engineers also manage the personnel and equipment involved in installing and maintaining this equipment.

Military Training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Electrical and electronics engineers typically have a degree in engineering. Job training for electrical and electronics engineers primarily consists of on-the-job learning in various training environments. Like other officers they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities military structure and etiquette traditions and leadership development. Job-specific training content may include:

  • Combat and tactical systems and networks
  • Weapon system electronics

Helpful Attributes

  • Interest in engineering concepts and principles
  • Interest in planning and directing research projects
  • Interest in working with mathematical formulas

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Inside Academics: Electrical Engineering

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One of the first things I did as an electrical engineering student when I graduated from college was I designed an EKG monitor. A year later I was in the hospital and I looked up and I saw, sure enough on the operating table, there was my monitor being used.  And, I told the surgeon you know I designed that monitor. I can fix it if it breaks down and he said, "shut up I'm gonna put you out." So that was that; was something that I got to see that I designed myself. 

When I think about electrical engineering. I think about everything that's happening in the world today. So technology is advancing at rates that we've never seen before and the things that you can do with computers and technology nowadays you could never do before. And what I think of that I think of Electrical Engineering. 

Dual tracking for electrical engineering and so you get the cyber side you get the network security you get some of the software side.  And I also have the system such as communication systems. So cyber is a very important part of the Coast Guard it's common of the Coast Guard's one of his main directives.

So cyber is really being ingrained across all majors here at the Coast Guard Academy but most particularly in electrical engineering. We're not really new to cyber. When I was the cadet I participated in the cyber defense exercise sponsored by the NSA in 2006, but now is really an exciting time to get involved with cyber at the Coast Guard Academy. The Commandant's cyber strategy that was just released calls for having a cyber aware Coast Guard workforce and for many of the officers in the Coast Guard that will start right here at the Coast Guard Academy when your academic.

My following job after grad school was supporting the mobile contingency communication systems and those are used in response action. So of course search operations natural disasters. Anytime that effect error goes down and they need to restore it but the building for whatever reason they take the power stability or something like that. These vehicles deploy with operators you can set up and have internet co-starred internet and dirty Internet they can have all of the communication capability at sector weather radio communication.

You use technology to do anything, whether it's applications on your phone or whether it's video messaging. Everything like that has to be programmed by an electrical engineer and I think the idea that I can be in that small group of people who know how to make the world a better place using technology. I think that for me is the biggest change that I want to see and that I know as electrical engineer I can help make that happen.