Question: Who is an electrical/electronics engineer?
Answer: An electrical/electronics engineer is someone who has been trained to deal with anything that has to do with electrical energy and its engineering. Basically there are 4 major aspects of electrical/electronics engineering and they are; 1. Telecoms: This has to do with things like radio, Telephony, mobile telecoms, computer networking among others.
2. Power: This deals with things that are high voltage in nature such as transformers, generators, inverters, conductors etc.
3. Control: This has to do with things that are hydraulic [equipments that are used in lifting things] in nature.
4. Electronics: This deals with things that are semiconductors in their nature as well as discreet components that make up gadgets e.g. calculator, mobile phones etc.
Question: What does it take to be an electrical/electronics engineer?
Answer: A person who wants to be an electrical/electronics engineer must necessarily have a very good mathematical background i.e. should be very good in mathematics because the profession itself involves a lot of thinking and calculations. In your secondary school you have to be a science student and have to have at least a credit pass in physics, chemistry, English and of course Mathematics. You also have to pass the JAMB exams and the newly-introduced post-JAMB exams.
Question: How many years does it take to become electrical/electronics engineer?
Answer: It takes five years of training in the university to become an Electrical/Electronics engineer. You also have to go. Through industrial training in your 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year if you decide to study it in the polytechnic, it is 4 years with an additional 1 year of industrial training after you're a ND which makes it five years in all.
Question: After graduation what next?
Answer: After graduation you are expected to go through the mandatory 1 year youth service program [NYSC]. You also have to be registered with the Nigerian Society of Engineers [NSE]. It is after this that you are qualified to be called an engineer.
Question: What further education path can be taken by the electrical/electronics engineer? Answer: The person may decide to specialise in any of the above named fields. This he can do by going for a master’s degree in his field of choice. The person may go further to obtain a doctorate degree and later become a professor if he decides to settle in the academics. It is also advisable that the person what wants to j pursue a career outside the academics especially in the telecoms should sit for professional examination like MCP [Microsoft certified professional], MCSE [Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer], CCNA [CISCO Certified Network Associate] etc.
Question: What is your advice to the youths?
Answer: Let your intention be guided by Islam. Don’t just let your focus be about money alone. If you make your intention pure for Allaah, He may give you what you want in this world as well as not deny you the reward of the Hereafter. Also, you must be hardworking and put your trust in Allaah as these are the key to success.
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited