What can I do for myself to become a good electrical engineer?

At the moment, I presume you are in high school or college and looking for activities and awards in order to be a creative, well-versed, analytical and creative engineer (and an electrical engineer too – no small feat). Although I have never worked in an engineering company or been in the industry, I can share some of my experiences as an electrical engineering student, thanks to many professors and mentors. Let’s start with the mentors and professors’ suggestions:

  1. While in high school, join engineering clubs and organizations. It doesn’t matter if you are in high school or college; it is important to start learning machining, circuit design and computer programming (C++ MATLAB), as well as teamwork. Companies and businesses are always looking for engineers who have practical experience and have a good understanding of basic engineering practices. As an engineer, joining clubs can help you to be more creative and make connections between the theories and concepts that you have learned. Clubs are also great fun. Who wouldn’t love to create a small electric car or a dancing robot?
  2. Research is a great career option. This is essential for graduate school admissions. Research is an excellent way to be a successful engineer. It allows you to do groundbreaking work in your field, such as new solar panels or microelectronics circuitry. Research often allows you to meet one-on-one in your field with professors. There is no better way to learn about a topic than by learning from the best in the field.
  3. Do a internship. This is a great way to add value to your resume when you apply for “real” engineering jobs. Internships are a great way to gain practical experience in electrical engineering. Internships allow you to work with industry supervisors and learn real-world engineering techniques. Internships are a great way to gain experience in your field.

Here are some tips from upperclassmen and students who have learned the hard way how to excel in engineering.

  1. You can network with other people. Networking is crucial to be able to exchange ideas and find opportunities, no matter if you are just starting out or an experienced engineer. You will want to make connections with people working in your industry or researching the fields you are interested in. School-sponsored events and fairs are a great place to meet people. These fairs bring together industry leaders and professors from around the world to recruit students for jobs, research assistants, or as employees. You can easily get multiple internships, jobs, or research opportunities by engaging in friendly conversation and communicating your skills. Networking with engineers can help you improve your engineering skills and allow you to solve problems with people from different backgrounds.
  2. You should do well in class. This is mainly for engineering students but can also be applied to existing engineers in a wider context. A graduate student once told me how engineering students should spend their time on school-related activities. He suggested that 60% of the time be spent on clubs, research, internships, or classes. You need to have thousands of hours experience, and fail to understand what you are doing (clubs and researcher), but also to be able to explain the reasons and theories behind every action (classes). Your involvement in clubs and research will make you stand out among other engineers. However, your grades will determine what internships and research opportunities you are offered. You must have a high GPA to be able to compete with your peers for the micro-materials job with this famous professor. However, don’t think that GPA is all that matters. Companies and professors look for engineers with all levels of intelligence and academic standing. However, it doesn’t hurt to do well in class and it seems that it helps across the board as students.
  3. Manage your time. This is true for both students and engineers. You will quickly get overwhelmed if you don’t have time management skills. I know because I have been there. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the number of programming projects and physics curriculum deadlines that bombard you daily. It is important to keep a strict daily study schedule in order to meet deadlines and preserve your sanity. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have some fun. Make sure you have fun while studying engineering.

These are just a few tips and tricks that I learned while studying engineering. Although this is not a comprehensive guide to becoming an engineer, it can help you find success in your chosen field (in my case, electrical engineering). Although there is no single way to be a good engineer, it does take a lot of effort, perseverance, and lots of failures before you can be a great engineer and problem solver. Don’t worry too much about the future.


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