Students studying electronic engineering generally look forward to jobs as developers, manufacturers, designers and testers of electronic equipment for companies around the world. In order to complete a degree in electronic engineering and successfully jump start a career in this field, most educational institutions require a senior project to be completed before graduation.
As an electronic engineer, you need to be well-versed in the technical, digital and practical aspects of design. To showcase a combination of these skills, students can write up a computer program to interface with an analog circuit in order to control and manipulate robotics of their own invention. The computer code allows for free movement of the robot, whether it is a hand or a more complicated creation.
Students have the opportunity to use their skills to improve already existing technology like hearing aids. This can be done by developing the software for either an adjustable filter or an automatic level control. Another option is to develop a program that records speech digitally in a smart phone. With this program, the sound recording can be played back to the hearing impaired when it is needed using Bluetooth technology.
The creation of an autonomous vehicle depends on writing a computer program that allows for a car or other invention to function on its own, depending on the code written for it. This project has particular significance because it has the advantage of being used in dangerous situations like military combat. Because of the nature of work for which these robots are used, students take into particular account the sturdiness and practicality of their projects as well as their freedom from human dependence.
- SCIT Southern California Institute of Technology: Electronic Engineering Student Projects
- United States Department of Labor: Engineering Technicians
- The College of New Jersey: Software Defined Hearing Aid
- The College of New Jersey: Hearing Designed with Memory
- The College of New Jersey: New Jersey Autonomous Vehicle
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Anne Arasin has over five years of journalism experience as an intern, staff writer and editor through various outlets. She has been published in "Kaleidoscope," "The Stylus" and "The Fanscotian." She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the State University of New York, Brockport, with a concentration in creative writing and a minor in communication studies.
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