What's the difference between electrical and electonic engineering?

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One professor described it to me like this: electrical engineering deals with high voltages, and electronic engineering deals with low voltages. Electronics deals with all the little circuitry around us, like in your phone, laptop, thermostats, most things that have a microcontroller telling them what to do. The primary focus of Electrical Engineering is with Power, like working with the National Grid, electric vehicles, all that sorta thing.

This website sums it up quite well: http://www.brightknowledge.org/knowl...the-difference
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One professor described it to me like this: electrical engineering deals with high voltages, and electronic engineering deals with low voltages. Electronics deals with all the little circuitry around us, like in your phone, laptop, thermostats, most things that have a microcontroller telling them what to do. The primary focus of Electrical Engineering is with Power, like working with the National Grid, electric vehicles, all that sorta thing.

This website sums it up quite well: http://www.brightknowledge.org/knowl...the-difference
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That has summed it up for me.

You wouldn't happen to know which one is more valued than the other and which one is in higher demand (more hiring opportunities) would you?
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Thank you!
That has summed it up for me.

You wouldn't happen to know which one is more valued than the other and which one is in higher demand (more hiring opportunities) would you?
Both of them are in very high demand. They both have a lot of scholarships available from the UKESF and the IET Power Academy, and there'll be no shortage of employment after either degree.

Don't make a choice based on that though - you gotta think about which you'd prefer, so you don't start thinking 'I wish I'd done more of so-and-so'. I chose Electronics because I want to work with computer hardware, so it fits better.

If you're not sure, most (if not all) unis that teach the subject have a joint course in Electronic and Electrical Engineering (EEE) that covers both (so you can choose later which you'd rather go into).

Hope I've helped
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(Original post by Matt Burgundy)
Thank you!
That has summed it up for me.

You wouldn't happen to know which one is more valued than the other and which one is in higher demand (more hiring opportunities) would you?
Alexis has stolen the words from my mouth!

Both disciplines are very sought after. Electronics will be more programming/computers/digital work, whereas electrical will be more power systems/high voltage work (in general, there are of course lots of overlaps!). Doing EEE will give you a very good idea of what you'd want to specialise in, if you do want to specialise. Also it might be worth knowing that a lot of first year EEE/EE/EL courses are actually common to all disciplines in the department (they are in my case at Southampton) so you might not even need to decide until your second year (do check though!).

Best of luck with your choices
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Alexis has stolen the words from my mouth!

Both disciplines are very sought after. Electronics will be more programming/computers/digital work, whereas electrical will be more power systems/high voltage work (in general, there are of course lots of overlaps!). Doing EEE will give you a very good idea of what you'd want to specialise in, if you do want to specialise. Also it might be worth knowing that a lot of first year EEE/EE/EL courses are actually common to all disciplines in the department (they are in my case at Southampton) so you might not even need to decide until your second year (do check though!).

Best of luck with your choices
Woop woop, Southampton here I come I assume you're in your first year?
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Woop woop, Southampton here I come I assume you're in your first year?
Second year actually!
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If you get electronic engineering wrong. The thing goes bang. If you get electrical engineering wrong then you go bang

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