Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Electrical Engineering BS

Program Overview

Electrical engineering at RIT addresses the high-technology needs of business and industry by offering an academic program that includes integrated circuits, digital signal processing, microwave electronics, optical electronics, bioelectronics, radiation and propagation, power electronics, control systems, communications, circuit theory, CAD, solid-state devices, MEMs, robotics, and pattern recognition. State-of-the-art laboratory facilities are an integral component of courses including a number in studio-style lecture laboratories. The co-op requirement enhances student knowledge acquired in the classroom and laboratory. Students are presented with design experiences in a number of courses beginning with a practicum in their first year, culminating with a senior team-based capstone project.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Science
  • Bachelor of Science/Master of Science Dual Degree
  • Options/Emphasis Areas: Computer, Robotics, Wireless Communication, Clean and renewable Energy.


  • Approximately 500 students are enrolled in the undergraduate program.

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • 2 semesters and 2 summers of cooperative education, integrated throughout the academic course of study, is required for undergraduate students.

Salary Information

Co-op:        $18.75                                  $14.00 - $30.00

BS:              $67,000                                $60,000 - $80,000

MS:            $67,500                                $65,000 - $81,000

BS/MS:       $69,500                                $74,000 - $88,000

Student Skills & Capabilities

End of Second Year: Design, analyze, and simulate simple digital and lumped parameter electrical circuits using a workstation environment.  C++ programming and assisting with systems analyses. Use of MATLAB.
Middle of Third Year: Design and simulate simple electronic circuits using PSpice.  Exposed to the principles of AC circuit design and analysis.
End of Third Year: Work with concepts of electromagnetic coupling and radiation.  Design, evaluate, and simulate small electronic systems using PSPICE based software and MATLAB.  A course in Linear Systems prepares the student to analyze and design circuitry for transient behavior with the Laplace transform and for frequency response with Fourier techniques.  Ability to participate in basic quality control work.
Middle of Fourth Year: Assist in attacking problems involving electromagnetic emission and coupling of signals as well as simple energy conversion applications.  Analyze sampled analog and digital systems using Z-transform and the MATLAB/SIMULAB software.
End of Fourth Year: Design analog motion control systems using the MATLAB/SIMULAB software.  Design and lay out digital logic circuits.  Analyze simple analog and digital communications systems as well as optical components and systems.
Middle of Fifth Year: Increased the level of competence in a more specialized area of expertise (e.g., electronic design, control systems, communications, digital system design).  Capable of work as an entry-level electrical engineer with the consequent increase of professional responsibility.


The electrical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Equipment & Facilities

The department of electrical & microelectronic engineering has a complete range of specialized laboratories with up-to-date equipment for teaching and research. These labs are available for student use and include:
 Senior Design
 Ph.D. Microsystems
 Control Systems
 Computer Architecture/Bio-Tech Studio
 PC / Cadence Design Center
 Freshman Practicum Studio
 RF Electromagnetic/Antenna Design
 Electromagnetic Theory and Applications
 General Purpose Studio Lab
 Graduate Research Lab
 DSP and Signal Processing Graduate
    Research  Lab
 Digital Design/Embedded Systems Studio
 Biomedical Wet Lab
 Analog Devices Integrated Microsystem
 RF Shield Test and Measurement

Nature of Work

Electrical engineersdesign, develop, test, and supervise the manufacture of electrical equipment. Some of this equipment includes electric motors; machinery controls, lighting, and wiring in buildings; automobiles; aircraft; radar and navigation systems; and power generation, control, and transmission devices used by electric utilities. Although the terms electrical and electronics engineering often are used interchangeably in academia and industry, electrical engineers have traditionally focused on the generation and supply of power, whereas electronics engineers have worked on applications of electricity to control systems or signal processing. Electrical engineers specialize in areas such as power systems engineering or electrical equipment manufacturing. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook)

Training / Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree in engineering is required for almost all entry-level engineering jobs. College graduates with a degree in a natural science or mathematics occasionally may qualify for some engineering jobs, especially in specialties in high demand. Most engineering degrees are granted in electrical, electronics, mechanical, or civil engineering. However, engineers trained in one branch may work in related branches. For example, many aerospace engineers have training in mechanical engineering. This flexibility allows employers to meet staffing needs in new technologies and specialties in which engineers may be in short supply. It also allows engineers to shift to fields with better employment prospects or to those that more closely match their interests. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Job Outlook

Job growth for electrical and electronics engineers will largely occur in engineering services firms, because more companies are expected to cut costs by contracting engineering services rather than directly employing engineers. These engineers will also experience job growth in computer systems design, as these industries continue to implement more powerful portable computing  devices. The rapid pace of technological innovation and development will likely drive demand for electrical and electronics engineers in research and development, an area in which engineering expertise will be needed to develop distribution systems related to new technologies. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.’13-‘14)

Job Titles

Electrical Engineer, Design Engineer, Research Engineer, Project Engineer, Applications Engineer, Scientist, Controls Engineer, Software Engineer, Systems Engineer, Reliability Engineer.


Electrical and electronics engineers held about 315,090 jobs in 2014. About 36 percent of engineering jobs were found in manufacturing industries and another 30 percent were in the professional, scientific, and technical services sector, primarily in architectural, engineering, and related services. Many engineers also worked in the construction, telecommunications, and wholesale trade industries. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Advanced Micro Devices, Agilent, Allegro, Analog Devices, Anaren Microwave, Apple Inc., BAE, Bendix, Bosch Security Systems, Bose Corp., Boston Scientific, Carestream Health, Cisco, Dell, Dolby, Eaton, Fisher Price, GE, General Dynamics, Global Foundries, Harris Corporation, Honeywell, IBM, Iberdrola, Intel, Intersil, iRobot, ITT, J&J, Keurig Green Mountain,Keysight Technologies,L-3 Global Communications, Lockheed Martin, Lutron, Micron Technologies, Microsoft, Northrop Grumman, Philips, Qualcomm, Railcomm, Redcom Laboratories, SRC, Saab Sensis Corp., Siemens, Sony, SpaceX, Texas Instruments, Synaptics, Toyota, TE Connectivity, Universal Instruments, Vicor, Welch Allyn, Xerox.

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Maria Pagani Wiegand, the career services coordinator who works with the Electrical Engineering program. You can access information about services through our web site at
Maria Pagani Wiegand, Career Services Coordinator,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.5458
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
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57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603
Unless otherwise noted, information is based upon data collected by RIT Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education.