Careers in the field of Electronic and Electrical Engineering are wide-ranging and employment prospects are excellent. Because of the nature of the electronics industry the demand for high calibre electronic engineering graduates is high and employment opportunities exist both in large multinational corporations and small start-up companies working on next-generation products and technologies.
All of our degrees will equip you with the skills you need to succeed in industry, including design, problem solving, numeracy and analysis skills, together with ‘transferable skills’, such as communication and working as a team.
95% of our recent graduates have successfully secured positions with organisations or have gone on to further study within six months of graduating (Unistats). You will find many of our graduates working for organisations such as ARM Ltd, Sharp, Sony, BAE Systems, Pace, Filtronic, BNFL, AEAT Rail, Ford and the BBC.
According to Prospects salaries vary from company to company, with some sectors attracting higher salaries due to demand. However typical starting salaries for newly graduated electrical/electronics engineers start at around £20,000 - £25,000. Experienced or incorporated engineers can earn between £28,000 and £40,000 and a chartered electrical engineer can earn higher salaries of £40,000 - £55,000 or more.
Strong industrial links
Academic staff in the School work with numerous companies on wide-ranging research and consultancy projects and have close links with some of the top recruiters in the industry, including Agilent Technologies, ARM, BAE Systems, Boeing, Bombardier Transportation, BP, BT, CCL, Cisco, Ericsson, ESA, Filtronic, Freescale, Fujitsu, GSK, IBM, Intel, Johnson Matthey, Micromech, Motorola, Nexia Solutions, O2, Pace Micro, QinetiQ, SET, Siemens, Sony, Telecordia, TeraView and Total Motion Controls Ltd.
In fact, our links with industry is one of the many reasons why Leeds Electronic and Electrical Engineering graduates are highly sought after by employers. It also ensures that your course is industry-orientated and that material is up to date. Through these links we also organise a range of industrial visits and offer additional seminars delivered by practising engineers and other professionals. This means that you have direct contact with industry and potential employers from an early stage in your course.
All our degrees allow you to undertake a placement year as part of your degree (for 3 year programmes it must be taken after 2 years of study, and for 4 year programmes it may be taken after 2 or 3 years of study). You don’t need to decide until the end of your first or second year whether this is something you’d like to pursue. If you decide to undertake a placement year, this will extend your degree by 12 months. On successfully completing your placement, you will be awarded the ‘industrial’ variant in your degree title to demonstrate your unique expertise to future employers.
A comprehensive support programme exists for students pursuing a 12-month placement. A dedicated in-house system advertises hundreds of roles, and we provide lots of support to help you with your placement search, from lectures and workshops to handbooks and industrial guides.
Whichever organisation you join for your placement year, one thing is for certain: you will be assured of experience relevant to your degree, which will allow you to apply your learning in an organisational context while you develop both personally and professionally. Your placement can also count towards the professional experience you will be required to demonstrate if you wish to become a chartered engineer.
Students are currently undertaking a placement year at the following companies: ARM Ltd, CERN, Dolby, EnOcean, Jaguar Landrover, Siemens and National Instruments. To find out about their experiences have a read of our student profiles.
Summer research placements
Our research groups offer a number of paid summer internships to work on research projects at the end of years 2 and 3. This gives you the opportunity to work with world class academics on ground breaking technologies and allow you to experience the possibilities of following a research career at the end of your degree.
Many students work part-time, either for the extra money or to gain valuable experience and to improve their future employability. Either way you will find plenty of opportunities through our student employment service - Joblink. This is based on campus in the Students' Union.
The study abroad option is available on all our courses (except for our three year programmes). If you choose to study abroad, you will spend the third year of the MEng studying at a university in Australia, North America or even the far east. Increasingly valued by employers, this will provide you with a fantastic opportunity to experience life in another country and a different culture. Some of the universities our students have studied at recently include Illinois, Santa Barbara and Wisconsin-Madison in the USA and New South Wales in Australia.
The study abroad year replaces year 3 of study at Leeds and therefore doesn't extend your studies.
To find out more visit our Study Abroad website.
Our dedicated Employability team, located centrally in our Employability Suite, will provide you with specialist face-to-face support and advice to help you find relevant work experience, internships and year-in-industry placements, as well as graduate positions.
The Employability team was a finalist in the NUE awards for the 'Most Improved Commitment to Employability' category.
The team also organises an annual Engineering and Computing Careers Fair, which attracts over 40 graduate recruiters. In addition, you will benefit from timetabled employability sessions (one hour per week), ongoing support during internships and placements, and presentations and workshops delivered by employers.
The team works closely with the University’s Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country. The centre provides high-quality professional support and advice for all our students and access to thousands of opportunities for graduate employment, placements and internships. http://careerweb.leeds.ac.uk
Leeds for Life is an unique approach to helping you make the most of the University and prepare for your career from day one. Leeds for Life will help you enhance your employability by highlighting the wide range of co-curricular opportunities on offer from the University and the Students’ Union. You can join
societies, get involved in volunteering and undertake projects in the UK or overseas, or you can attend academic conferences that will help you develop your knowledge and skills. You can also access valuable career insights from our diverse graduate community via our online career networking tool, Leeds Network.
At the heart of Leeds for Life is personal tutoring where you receive structured one-to-one meetings to support your personal and academic development. This ensures that you not only do well in your degree, but also become a confident, articulate and highly employable graduate.