Electronic or Electrical Engineering


A brief comparision to make a choice between electronic or electrical engineering degree in terms of scope of work, curriculum topics, skills, specialisations, career prospects etc., offered by both the disciplines.

scope of study

Electronic Design and building electronic circuits based on the flow of charge through different materials
Electrical Transmission and generation of electrical power, electrical circuit design, electronics, instrumentation, control system, understanding electrical and electronic networks etc.,

scope of work involved

Electronic
  • Design, develop, test and oversee development of electronic systems.
  • Manufacturing of electronic gadgets and devices
Electrical
  • Design and develop electrical systems
  • Research new and innovative designs and system
  • Supervise and plan manufacturing process of high end electrical systems

type of industry one works

Electronic
  • Consumer electronics
  • Telecommunication
  • IT
  • Health care
  • Other public sector industries like petroleum, steel and chemical etc.,
Electrical
  • Consumer and Industrial Electrical equipment and systems manufacturing
  • Power generation and transmission
  • Telecommunication
  • IT
  • Health care equipment manufacturing industry
  • petroleum, steel and chemical industry.
  • Research and design etc.,

specific skills / attributes

Electronic Good logical and mental capability to understand and adapt to the new and changing concepts.
Electrical Good logical and mental capability coupled with strong analytical skill and attention to detail.Should be able to grasp and adapt to new and changing concepts.

curriculum topics / field of study

Electronic
  • Maths
  • Circuits
  • Digital design
  • Control system
  • Microprocessor systems
  • Signals and systems
Electrical
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Electronics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Electrical machines and design
  • Instrumentation
  • Electrical network and communication systems.
  • Power and control systems

core subject strength one should possess

Electronic Physics & Maths
Electrical Physics & Maths

Eligibility

Electronic Diploma in Electronics Engineering
Eligibility – Pass in X with good marks in Science & Maths subjects
Bachelor’s Degree (B.Tech / B.E)
Eligibility – Pass in XII with Science / Diploma in Electronics Engineering
Electrical Diploma in Electrical Engineering
Eligibility – Pass in X with good marks in Science & Maths subjects

Bachelor’s Degree (B.Tech / B.E)
Eligibility – Pass in XII with Science / Diploma in Electrical Engineering
The entrance exams for various institutes are listed here (click)
Compare a Degree vs Diploma Programme here (click)

career prospects

Electronic HighElectronics forms the core of technology, and technology is growing at a rapid pace.In the coming future there is bound to be huge demand for competent engineers to cope this demand.These engineers would thus be involved in creating and sustaining cutting edge technology to stay ahead in competition.
Electrical HighElectrical systems and equipment forms the basic requirement for all types of industries and forms the core of every new technology.Globalisation has now created huge demand for technically qualified engineers to keep pace with growing industrial needs.Thus, Electronic and Electrical engineering both have a high demand. Hence, students should choose the one that interests them taking in to consideration the subjects involved and what kind of work they would like to do while in job.

specialisations available / related fields one can choose for higher studies

Electronic check out Wikipedia for detailed info on Electronic Engineering & specialisations under it – HERE
Electrical check out Wikipedia for detailed info on Electronic Engineering & specialisations under it – HERE

The choice of electronic or electrical engineering should depend on one’s skillset, interest and the scope of career enhancement the course offers.

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