My Scientific Career

By: Jake Hebert

Electronic Engineer

For my scientific career, I chose electronic engineer, otherwise known as instrumental engineer. This career really matches up well with middle school curriculum. For one, its branch of science is physical, which is what our science class is studying this year, and two, not only is the skills needed for this job taught in science and math, but also in one of our twenty-first century skills course: engineering and technology! I could see myself doing this job because I'm really good at SolidWorks, and would enjoy creating new inventions & innovations


Education Path

Helpful High School Couses:



  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science and Programming
  • Physics

Major: Electrical, Electronic, and Communications Engineering

Major Courses:

  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Systems
  • Control Systems
  • Digital Systems Analysis and Design
  • Electric Circuit Analysis
  • Electric Power Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering Signal Analysis
  • English Composition
  • Fundamentals of Electromagnetics
  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Linear Differential Equations
  • Linear Signal and Systems Analysis
  • Mechanics
  • Network Analysis
  • Senior Design Project


College

If I were to go to college for electronic engineering, I would like to go to South Carolina University, Columbia. Obviously it's a university, it's a four year college, is a public school, and is located in Columbia. Columbia is very urban and the campus is located right in the middle of Columbia. The reason South Carolina interests me so much is because of the great baseball program. It also has a 18:1 student faculty ratio.


GO GAMECOCKS!!

Academics

Average GPA: 3.9

Average ACT: 24 - 27

Average SAT: 1100 - 1339

About the Job

For this job, you need to be able to turn ideas in to valuable products. You must be able to work in offices and lab for a long period of time in one sitting. The job is about 40 hours a week, and you must be retrained every few years to keep up with the rapidly changing technology in today's world.


Competition for Electronic Engineer

There is high competition for this job in Wisconsin, and the US. There are not many openings for this job, so you must be very advanced in this field. That may mean I'll have to go back to college for my masters or maybe more.


Salary

  • WI: $57,370 - $107,900
  • US: $57,860 - $135,080


Employer

There aren't very many employers for this occupation in Wisconsin, but I chose:


  • WC-Connection Employer Foth & Van Dyke
  • Located in Madison, WI

Summary

If I had to go in to a science career, I could myself in this occupation. I do find it very interesting, although some other fields involving Social Studies have priority over this job. It would be very fun, however I'm a little discouraged to go for this job, knowing that the competition for this job is very high.


Resources

Electronic Engineers. (n.d.). Retrieved September 12, 2013, from WISCareers

website: http://wiscareers.wisc.edu/Default.asp


Garnet & Black Traditions. (n.d.). South Carolina Gamecock Baseball Magnet

[Photograph]. Retrieved from http://www.garnetandblacktraditions.com/

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tagxedo.com. (n.d.). Technology and Engineering general (resource page)

[Photograph]. Retrieved from http://iberry.com/cms/Resources_6.htm