Electrical engineering is for you if you are not afraid of challenges, you are interested in how things work and you look forward to being part of the energy transition. As an expert in electrical engineering, you will have a great opportunity to contribute to the technological revolution and an electronic future.
In this Bachelor's programme, you will learn how to apply your skills to reform the electronic society. With modern technology, for example, solar energy can be used to produce fuel, and people's well-being is promoted through various electronic applications. In addition, digitalisation and the Energy Internet bring new opportunities for utilising the electricity grid. The emphases of the programme have been selected on the basis of the skills required in the working world.
The Bachelor's Programme in Electrical Engineering is a unique, international double degree programme developed in cooperation with Hebei University of Technology (HEBUT) in China. All students admitted to the Bachelor's Programme in Electrical Engineering at LUT University will receive a degree certificate from two universities after they have fulfilled the degree requirements of both universities. You will complete the entire degree in Lappeenranta, Finland.
In this programme, you will learn to understand how electrical energy is generated, how it is transmitted and used, how electrical systems are controlled, and how the electricity market works. You will also learn to develop new electrotechnical equipment and systems.
Your studies will emphasise energy efficiency and the production and use of clean energy. This involves deep understanding of emerging technologies such as smart grids, wind and solar energy, electrical machinery, automation and power electronics, among other things. You will develop an excellent understanding of the phenomena related to electricity and the operating principles of electrical engineering and electronics.
At the end of the programme, you will be able to use basic skills in mathematics and science and solve problems by applying suitable mathematical methods. You will be aware of the essential laws of physics and be able to apply them to various physical processes, understand physical phenomena and be able to solve problems related to them, describe simple dynamics systems using continuous time differential equations and simulate them, and use digital solving environments in the practical applications of the methods.
You will understand the principle of feedback control and apply the basic methods of control engineering in devices and machines.
Guidelines and regulations of electrical safety will become familiar to you: you will learn about electrical installations and electromagnetic compatibility and act according to them in the case of an electrical accident.
Degree structure and studies
The Bachelor's Programme in Electrical Engineering is a three-year double degree programme. The programme leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Technology, B.Sc. (Tech.), which is 180 ECTS credits. Students admitted to this Bachelor's programme will receive a degree certificate from two universities, LUT and HEBUT, after they have fulfilled the degree requirements of both universities.
The programme includes general, intermediate specialisation, minor, language and elective studies as well as a Bachelor's thesis at the end of the studies. You will complete the entire degree in Lappeenranta, Finland.
After completing a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering programme, you will have the right to continue your studies directly in the following Master's programmes at LUT: Electrical Engineering, Electric Transportation Systems or Sähkötekniikan DIODI (in Finnish).
Studying in practice
In the programme, everything you do is based on mastering the basics of electrical engineering. Your studies will consist of much more than just lectures. Tutorials in small groups allow for flexible interaction between the teacher and students. Pair, group and seminar work also brings its own variation to the studies. In addition, the degree programme utilises many well-established and illustrative learning techniques, such as power exchange trading and company-based problem-solving tasks.
You can test theories in practice in state-of-the-art teaching laboratories. In laboratory exercises, you can measure basic electrical engineering parameters, such as voltage, current, power and resistance, and use various measuring instruments, including different kinds of oscilloscopes. The laboratory studies include hands-on learning about different phenomena like electromagnetism and familiarising oneself with applications such as electronics and electric motors.
Project work is increasingly emphasised in teaching and often carried out in collaboration with other degree programmes. Projects have dealt with a number of issues, such as sought ways to reduce emissions in the city of Lappeenranta and designed and built equipment, including a portable audio device for party use. You can also select project topics related to your own interests.
The diversity of the Bachelor's studies is also increased by the opportunity to work as a research assistant in research projects of Electrical Engineering department. In addition to a salary, you will gain valuable professional experience and a feel for scientific research.
Emerging energy systems, energy-efficient technology, smart grids, electrifying transport and the electricity market guarantee graduates of electrical engineering work now and in the future.
New experts are needed for product development, project engineering, sales and marketing, and management positions. Your job responsibilities may include, for example, the design, product development, technical sales or production management of electrotechnical equipment and its production.
There is also a growing need in the market for electrical trading engineers and electrical work managers. As private solar and wind power plants become more common, power plants are also experiencing a time of change. Thus, graduates of electrical engineering will have enough work in both industry and municipal positions.
Master's graduates in electrical engineering have gone on to become:
- upper level management in the electricity sector
- testing engineers
- automation engineers
- electricity grid designers for distribution companies
- production development managers for electronics companies
- managing directors of electricity companies
- design engineers
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