This series of courses is designed to prepare technical staff in area industries to enter UVM’s Bachelor of Science in the Electrical Engineering program of the College of Engineering and Mathematics.
Courses are available on campus, on-site, in the video classrooms of our corporate partners, or on-line.
Call Polly Allen at 800-639-3210 or 656-2085 or by Email for information about which courses are being offered and how to begin.
Career Spotlight: Engineering
Overview: Although foreign competition for consumer products and overseas outsourcing of engineering work have increased, U.S. employers still need to hire electrical and electronics engineers – who make up the largest branch of engineering, with over 300,000 jobs – to replace those who retire or leave for other jobs. In addition, companies always will need engineers stateside to work with clients and other employees face–to–face.
Overall, the number of open positions in electrical, electronics and computer hardware engineering is expected to grow 5 percent by 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That’s why computer and electrical engineering majors consistently place among the top 10 degrees most in demand by employers, according to the National Association of College and Employers.
Careers: Electrical, electronics and computer hardware engineers design, develop and test the electronic and computational infrastructure of products for a variety of industries: telecommunications, broadcast and communications, consumer electronics, transportation and navigation, healthcare, building and construction, power generation, robotics, defense and more.
About 37 percent of engineering jobs are in manufacturing and 28 percent in professional, scientific and technical services, the BLS notes. Overall, the industry continues to face intense competition from foreign manufacturers, and electrical and electronics engineering jobs in the manufacturing area will decrease through 2016. However, electrical and electronics engineering jobs will increase steadily in the industries of finance and insurance; professional, scientific and technical services; waste management services; wholesale trade; educational services; healthcare; and arts and entertainment.
For engineers, education doesn’t stop at a bachelor’s degree – continuing education is highly valuable and necessary. To advance in their careers and remain viable in the workplace, they need to keep up with advancements in technology.
Salaries: Computer and electrical engineering are two of the top 10 most lucrative undergraduate degrees, according to Forbes magazine. Nationally, recent college graduates typically make $60,000; electrical engineers with 10 to 20 years’ experience can make over $100,000.
Careers in the field also are among the highest–paying jobs in Vermont; electronics engineers average $87,000 annually. Managers can make even more: engineering managers average $129,000 and computer and information systems managers, $97,000.
UVM’s program: The Bridge Plan in Engineering is designed to prepare technical staff in area industries to enter UVM’s Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering Program in the College of Engineering and Mathematics. UVM offers courses in engineering at IBM, on campus and online.
More information: call 800-639-3210 or 656-2085, or email.