Are you fascinated by how things work? Passionate about electronics? Southampton Solent University’s professionally accredited electronic engineering programme can help you to turn these interests into a lucrative and engaging career.
With a broad curriculum covering everything from analogue and digital electronics to contemporary embedded systems, signal processing technologies and modern communications, graduates can expect to seek employment in research and development, maintenance engineering, electronic design, telecommunications and much more.
- This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). This means that the course content meets strict standards put in place by the industry itself.
- Students have the opportunity to use a range of high-end laboratories, facilities and workshops.
- These facilities include a dedicated electronics lab equipped with up-to-date oscilloscopes, function generators, multimeters and NI MultiSim eCAD as well as Labview and Matlab software, 2D and 3D rapid prototyping equipment. Students also have access to microcomputer and micro–controller development and test systems.
- This course has a strong focus on hands-on exploration, enabling students to put the theory they have learnt into practice straight away.
- The course delivery team have a wide range of experience across a number of different engineering disciplines.
- Their established network of industry contacts help to bring real-world examples, expertise and projects into the classroom.
- Students benefit from access to Solent’s comprehensive academic and personal support services.
- This course is offered as standard full-time study to students or on a one-day-per-week part-time study basis for professional CPD for staff already in employment.
It is estimated that there is an annual shortfall of 81,000 professional engineers in the UK alone. This critical skills gap is thought to be affecting the UK’s ability to stay competitive, implying that demand for engineering professionals is likely to rise.
This course aims to provide students with the knowledge that electronic engineering employment will require. These range from essential mathematical concepts to circuitry, automation, data communications and signal processing skills. Critically, past students have been able to gain an insight into real-life engineering problems, tackling projects defined for them by our network of industry contacts.
In the first year, students develop a solid foundation in maths and circuitry before getting to grips with analogue, digital and microcomputer systems. The latter half of the year is focused on developing an understanding of industry software, key professional skills and manufacturing techniques.
These proficiencies will form a solid foundation for the second and third year, where students will study embedded systems and advanced data communications, carry out their own research and undertake a major practical project.
Electronic engineering students benefit from access to a range of high-end facilities including rapid prototyping equipment, PSpice/NI MultiSim software and microcomputer development systems. Southampton Solent University also offers students access to digital multi-meter signal generators, FLIR cameras and digital signal processing (DSP) boards – all of which allow students to better understand how the theory they have learnt links to real workplace scenarios.
The engineering academic group’s network of industry contacts has provided past students with the opportunity to work on live briefs, helping them to develop project management, analytical, problem solving, team working and business management skills. These transferable skills can serve students well in a range of roles and help ensure that they are fully prepared to work effectively in a professional working environment.
Students are encouraged to interact with the industry throughout the curriculum. In previous years, Solent’s engineering students have had the opportunity to work closely with employers such as Rolls-Royce, SAAB, Sea Eye, TUV and Coopervision. The Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Wessex Round Table of Inventors (WRTI) have also held regular local professional development events on campus.
Think a career in electronic engineering might be for you? Whether it’s aerospace, telecommunications, nano-technology or product development, Southampton Solent University’s electronic engineering programme will help you to build the skills needed to apply for a range of rewarding graduate roles.