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Electrical Engineering

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Electrical engineering involves the design, building and maintenance of electrical equipment and technology. Electrical engineers work on various projects ranging from microchips and computers to power generators and aerospace systems. Much of the underlying technology that runs our modern world is conceived by electrical engineers. 


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Emerging technologies
WSU Tri-Cities electrical engineering students get hands-on experience with the latest technologies. Through student design projects, engineers of all disciplines collaborate on exciting research.

Mohamed Osman works with student Arturo Gutierrez Larios to identify ways to increase the efficiency of several home heating and cooling systems

Faculty collaboration
WSU Tri-Cities electrical engineering professor Mohamed Osman works with student Arturo Gutierrez Larios to identify ways to increase the efficiency of several home heating and cooling systems.

engineering student working on a prototype of a ventilator

Pursuing a passion
A student electrical engineering team at WSU Tri-Cities is designing a prototype of a ventilator to be used as a low-cost option compared to expensive commercially available devices on the market.

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You will take courses that cover a wide range of subjects in electrical engineering, which could include:

  • Electronics
  • Circuits
  • Electromagnetic fields and waves
  • Computer networks
  • Control systems
  • Power systems 
  • Digital signal processing


The electrical engineering program incorporates extensive hands-on experiences through laboratory work and design projects. All electrical engineering students participate in a senior design project with a team of students, usually spanning multiple engineering disciplines. 

The WSU Tri-Cities electrical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET – the most prestigious accreditation awarded to an electrical engineering program. Accreditation assures that a program has met quality standards set by the profession. To employers, graduate schools and licensure, certification and registration boards, graduation from an accredited program signifies adequate preparation for entry into the profession. 


  • Robotics
  • Avionics
  • Circuitry
  • Microelectronics 
  • Computer engineering


Career outcomes in electrical engineering
WSU Tri-Cities electrical engineering graduates exceed state and national passing rates on the national Fundamentals of Engineering Exam. Students are well-equipped for a multitude of careers in the industry. 

WSU Tri-Cities and Pullman alumni from the past 10 years who work in Washington State have the following occupations and estimated salary:


Estimated salary of electrical engineering alumni

Jobs held by WSU electrical engineering graduates:
Electrical Engineer | Mechanical Engineer | Electronics Engineer | Computer Hardware Engineer | Industrial Engineer

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