What is ECE?

robotic assembly of cars

Electrical and computer engineers have the opportunity to make an extraordinary impact on the world around us.

That is because nearly every aspect of our lives is touched by electrical and computer technology. These fields help to determine how long your phone battery lasts, how the light in your bedroom can be connected to your smart watch, how robots assemble the products you use every day, how autonomous vehicles drive themselves, and more.

You get the picture: life as we know it today would not be possible without the knowledge, skills, and innovative thinking of electrical and computer engineers.

ECE, as we call it, is one cohesive department at UIC, but it houses three majors—any one of which can be the start of an extremely rewarding career. Consider these options:

ECE Majors

  • $111,700 Top range of the median salary for U.S. electrical and computer engineers.

  • 19% Anticipated growth in computer engineering jobs between 2015 and 2024.

Career Paths in ECE

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, professionals in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, and computer hardware engineering—all fields that stem from an ECE education—reported a median annual salary of $93,000 to $111,700.

Here in Illinois, according to state data, the number of computer engineering jobs is slated to grow by 19 percent in the decade leading up to 2022, with about 5 percent job growth in electrical and electronics engineering.

These are just some of the careers that our department can prepare you for:

  • Aviation electronics engineering
  • Broadcast electronics engineering
  • Communications systems engineering
  • Computer hardware engineering
  • Design engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Implementation engineering
  • Nanotechnology
  • Network engineering
  • Process engineering
  • Quality control
  • Radar technology
  • Software engineering
  • Systems engineering and testing
  • User experience (UX) design and development
  • Wireless systems engineering

The Engineering Career Center helps UIC undergraduates to chart their course in these and other fields.

Learn more about how to get there with a major in computer engineering, electrical engineering, or engineering physics from UIC.