Graduate profile -EEE

There are three streams in the department namely;

  1. Electronics Engineering
  2. Electrical Power Engineering
  3. Industrial Control Engineering

Specializations

Electronics Engineering Specialization

Electronics engineering is a professional discipline that deals with the behavior and effects of electrons (as in electron tubes and transistors) and with electronic devices, systems, or equipment. It is known that in any electrical system electronics plays a fundamental role in the operation of the system. Household consumer equipment like TV, DVD, mp3 players, radio, audio recorders etc. depend on the electric circuit for their operation. Electronics is also applied in, satellites, radars, computers, power plants and many more areas that use electrical systems.

Services provided by Electronics Engineers:

The following services are provided by Electronics Engineers:

  • Hardware: Analyze, design, implement, evaluate, modify, maintain and test computer systems
    and related equipment
  • Software: Analyze, design, implement and administer software systems
  • Design and implement Electronic systems based on accepted international standards.
  • Model Electronic systems to evaluate design performance
  • Develop evaluation and selection criteria for Electronic components
  • Sets up standard test apparatus or devises test equipment and circuitry to conduct functional, operational, environmental, and life tests to evaluate performance and reliability of prototype or production model. Analyzes and interprets test data
  • Check functioning of newly installed Electronics equipment to evaluate system performance under actual operating conditions.
  • Provide software-tools for information processing
  • Integrate hardware and software to build a working Electronic systems
  • Develop and maintain Electronic equipment
  • Train (formal & his/her experiences) his/her subordinates and other professionals
  • Manage and plan projects tailored to Electronic systems
  • Communicate his/her work in appropriate formats (written, oral, and graphical) and critically evaluate materials presented by others
  • Develop project proposal, design and implementation/management.

Possible carrier choices of Electronic Engineer:

Specialization areas of Electronics Engineering are the following:

  • Microelectronics
  • Very Large Scale Integrated (VLSI) analogue and digital circuit design
  • Electronic Product Design
  • Embedded Systems Design
  • Biomedical Instrumentation Engineering
  • Instrumentation Engineering
  • Nano to macro electronic semiconductor microwave device

Electrical Power Engineering Specialization

Electrical power engineering is concerned with generation, transmission, distribution and utilization of electric energy from renewable and nonrenewable sources. Electrical Power engineers are involved in planning, research, design, development, construction, installation, testing, operation, control and maintenance of electrical systems, machines and equipment for safe, reliable and economic generation, transmission, distribution and control of electrical energy. They also play an increasing role in real time electricity pricing and other economic aspects of the system with a special attention on renewable sources.

Students will study power system planning, design, operation, protection and control. They will gain basic knowledge of electrical power generation, transmission, distribution and utilization of electrical energy from renewable and  onrenewable sources. They will also study the economic aspects of power generation, transmission and distribution systems. The module offers courses to familiarize one with modern power system analysis, design, planning, operation, control, and protection of power systems. At the end of the module, the student is expected to:

  • To understand all the components of a power system including generation, transmission, and distribution;
  • To participate in research in the area of system design/networking and bring solutions in operational settings;
  • To solve power system problems.
  • To work on Renewable energy sources

Services provided by Electrical Power Engineers:

The following services are provided by Electrical Power Engineers:

  • Conduct research to make a significant contribution to developing new methods and new technology for efficient and environment friendly energy systems.
  • Conduct research in the area of power generation with different resources and mechanisms (solar, wind, fuel, hydro, geothermal and others)
  • Conduct research on efficient and environmentally friendly transmission and distribution systems and extended to proper control and protection systems.
  • Conduct research in electrical machines, transformers and other power devices.
  • Reviewing literature for modelling, design, development and control of power plants, electrical systems, machines and devices.
  • Research on effective maintenance and control of power plants.
  • Conduct research on secure operation of electrical power systems, economics of electrical utilities, real time electricity pricing and control of the system.
  • Design and development of power plants (thermal, hydro, and non-conventional power plants).
  • Models (design) of both physical infrastructure of the power system as well as the embedded network communication infrastructure.
  • Design and development of protection and control of electrical systems.
  • Design of monitoring and control technologies of power systems and modelling techniques with these technologies.
  • Design and development of electrical machines, devices and components for generation, transmission, distribution, switchgear and protection systems.
  • Design and development of microprocessor/microcontroller based electrical systems. (design of generation control, microprocessor-based relays and improved power electronics devices that process high levels of energy.)
  • Design and development of renewable energy systems (solar, wind, etc.)
  • Design and development of electrical appliances for industrial, commercial, medical and utility services and as well static power converters.
  • Studying and simulation of information technology systems on traditional systems for the achievement of efficient operation and control of power systems.
  • Knowing the construction/manufacturing procedures for production of electrical machines, devices and components for power generation, transmission, distribution, control, switch-gear and protection systems.
  • Understand the installation and operation procedures of electrical systems, machines and devices as given in the manuals supplied by manufacturers.
  • Operate electrical systems and machines.
  • Carry out maintenance work as and when required

Possible carrier choices of Electrical Power Engineer:

The following are useful field of specialization in the area of power engineering:

  • Power Electronics
  • High Voltage Engineering
  • Transmission and Distribution Engineering.
  • Power System Planning, Operation and Control
  • Electrical System Design
  • Computer Applications in Power Systems
  • Electric Drives
  • Hydro Power Engineering

Industrial Control Engineering Specialization

Students will study the characteristics and designs of industrial automation process. Industrial Control Engineering is one of the fast growing branches of electrical engineering with the advent of electronics and computer. Its application and employment opportunity are almost everywhere in industry and commercial offices. In the module process control, industrial automation, modern and digital control engineering, power electronics and drive courses, are given in depth to prepare the student for practical challenges in real world and for post graduate study. At the end of the module, the student is expected to:

  • To participate in research in the area of system design/networking and bring solutions in operational settings;
  • To assist in the analysis and design of practical industrial control systems;
  • To participate in research in the area of industrial control and instrumentation system;
  • To solve industry problems that can result in maximum efficiency and productivity.

Degree Nomenclature

After successful completion of all the requirements a student graduating from the Department of Electrical Engineering in one of the respective focus areas will be entitled to earn a degree in:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering (Electrical Power Engineering)

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  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering (Electronics Engineering)

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  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering (Industrial Control Engineering)

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Program Composition

The total credit hour requirement for graduation in any one of the streams is as per the university legislation. The modules are composed of:

  1. Humanity & communication module (9.25%)
  2.  Engineering Science and Mathematics Category module (12%)
  3. Core electrical engineering module (28.75%)
  4. Project + Internship (11%)
  5. Electrical Power Engineering module (16.25 %)
  6. Communications Engineering module (2.75% %)
  7. Electronics module (11.25 %)
  8. Industrial Control Module (8.75 %)

A student is expected to choose one of the specialization areas at the end of the sixth semester.