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.
92%* of our recent graduates have successfully secured positions with organisations or have gone on to further study. 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.
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 are in the range of £18,000 - £29,000 with professionally qualified electronics engineers earning between £35,000 and £45,000.**
Strong industrial links
The School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering has 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.
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.
Our staff work with numerous companies on wide-ranging research and consultancy projects. 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.
Watch our employability videos to hear top employers explain why they come to Leeds to recruit our graduates.
Faculty Employability Team
Our own dedicated Employability Team, located centrally in our Employability Suite, will provide you with specialist face to- face support and advice to help you to find relevant work experience, internships and year in industry placements, as well as graduate positions.
In addition, you will benefit from timetabled employability sessions (one hour per week) and ongoing support during internships and placements.
For more information on our approach to graduate employability, please see: www.leeds.ac.uk/employability
* 2011/12 DLHE survey
**Prospects May 2010
All of our courses allow you to undertake work experience as part of your degree in the form of a 12 month industrial placement which usually takes place between years two and three, and have the phrase 'with Industrial Placement Year' added to your degree title. Watch our employability videos to hear some of our students talking about their industrial placement experiences.
Summer research placements
Our research groups offer 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.
A placement year option allows you to spend time in industry with one of the hundreds of companies that the University works with each year and can help you gain the skills valued by employers, as well as developing enterprise skills.
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 of our courses. You may choose to spend a year of your course studying abroad at one of our partner universities in Europe, North America or even the Far East.
Increasingly valued by employers, this option provides you with a fantastic opportunity to experience life in another country and a different culture. Students who have participated say that they found it a life-changing experience. The Study Abroad programme can help you gain confidence, broaden your horizons and develop skills and experiences which can improve your employability.
If you have foreign language skills, ERASMUS exchanges are available to several European countries. If you wish to take part in this programme you may be able to take an additional module in your first year to enhance your language skills.
To find out more visit our Study Abroad website.
Engineering and Computing Careers Fair
The Faculty of Engineering holds an Engineering and Computing Careers Fair, annually, which attracts over 40 graduate recruiters including organisations such as 2e2, AECOM, Atkins, BP, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Her Majesty’s Government Communications Centre, Interfleet Technology Ltd, Network Rail, Procter & Gamble Product Supply, PwC and Unilever Leeds, to name but a few.
As well as the Engineering Careers Fair, you can explore career opportunities at many other careers fairs and presentations that are organised throughout the year by the University’s Careers Centre. Some of the UK’s top recruiters also visit the Faculty to deliver presentations and workshops specifically for our engineering and computing students.
Our on-campus Careers Centre is one of the largest in the country. It offers an excellent range of services and has a great relationship with graduate recruiters. The Careers Centre is the place to get advice about what to do after university, help with finding work experience, improving your CV and dealing with job applications. The Careers Centre also holds training events and workshops to assist you with your career progression.
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.