Sacred Heart University’s School of Computer Science and Engineering in Fairfield has officially established a new bachelor’s degree program: electrical engineering.
The program will become available starting in the fall semester.
School representatives say that technological innovation is likely to drive the demand for electrical engineers in research and development industries. New developments include solar arrays, semiconductors and communications technologies, all of which require expertise from electrical engineers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A bachelor’s degree is required for a typical entry-level position, and the median pay in 2017 for electrical engineers was $97,970, the bureau says. Overall, employment in the field is expected to increase by 7 percent in the next decade.
“There are currently hundreds of electrical engineering positions in the Northeast that are unfilled,” said Tolga Kaya, associate professor and director of engineering at SHU’s School of Computer Science and Engineering. “And we know from our industry contacts that they are looking for local talent.”
The program requires 121 credits and can be completed within four years. Industry internships will also be available.
With an electrical engineering degree from Sacred Heart University, students will be prepared for careers as electronics engineers, electronic device designers, power systems engineers, microelectronic circuit designers, systems engineers and other similar fields.
“We believe our innovative curriculum with embedded internships and potential co-op opportunities will give an edge to our students,” said Kaya. “Our brand new, 11,000-square-foot makerspace with the most relevant equipment for engineering students will also provide a platform for interaction, collaboration and numerous opportunities to realize ideas into prototypes.”
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