If you become a Communications Engineer, you will design and fabricate communications systems such as telephone, television, citizens-band radio, and satellite links. Additional areas with which you may be concerned include communication of data between computers and peripherals, coding data for intercontinental transmission, and encoding audio speech.
If you choose a career as a Computer Engineer, you will design arithmetic and memory modules, computer networks, microprocessors, and special-purpose computer systems. You will interact with electronic specialists in the specification of very large-scale integrated chip designs. As a Computer Engineer, you will combine hardware and software in the design of computer architectures, databases, and digital systems. You will also be concerned with the application of computers and computer-aided design.
A career in Electronics Engineering includes the study of properties of solid-state materials, fabrication of integrated circuits, and design of electronic systems, including applications to solar energy conversion, automotive electronics, consumer electronics, and digital circuitry.
As an Automatic Control Engineer, you will be involved in designing circuits and systems that provide stabilization and guidance for aircraft, control of industrial processes, robots, urban traffic, and automated people-movers. You may also provide design criteria for artificial limbs, as well as other equally diverse and important activities.
If you choose a career in Energy or Power Engineering, you will design motors, generators, transformers, distribution systems, and equipment for the automatic measuring, monitoring, and control of these systems. Most modern industrial plants rely on electrical engineers for their knowledge of the areas of power generation, electronics, computers, and automatic control systems.