Students working in electrical engineering lab

BS in Electrical Engineering

ABET AccreditationTrine University Student AchievementsThe Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering is the branch of engineering that deals with the application of electrical energy for practical use. Our degree program is broad-based and covers the main aspects of electrical engineering:

  • generating and delivering power
  • communications
  • controls
  • instrumentation

This wide range of specialties will allow you to find and explore the aspects of electrical engineering that appeal to you. 

The Experience

In-depth theoretical coverage is enhanced through laboratory experimentation and design. You will spend a significant amount of time in the laboratory, learning how to use modern test equipment and how to implement and verify the performance of electronic and electrical systems. The laboratory experience is immersive and relevant to current industry practice and demand. You will graduate with not only a wealth of engineering knowledge, but the hands-on experience and skills that employers desire.

Senior Design Project: Stair Climbing Robot
by students: Joe Brown, Maxwell Frame, Kyler Koets, and Chris Ryan

The Results

Over the past 10 years over 90% of our graduates have started their first professional career position within six months of graduation. Many have their first job arranged before they graduate. Most of our graduates go into the commercial world in industries such as aerospace, transportation, utilities, and consumer electronics. Some of our graduates (about 10%) decide to go on to graduate school and some work for federal government agencies.

Additional Information

Below are some Job/Internship opportunities you can explore while attending Trine:

  • Wright-Patterson Airforce Base – Summer research.
  • Cooper Tire – Computer-controlled manufacturing.
  • DLZ – Multi-disciplinary architecture and planning firm.
  • BAE Engineering – Aircraft engine controls
  • Delphi – Integrated circuit fabrication.
  • ITT – Military radio design

Cooperative employment is formalized in a full-time Trine University course: CO 050 - Co-Op Employment. Students must pre-register for this course before each semester's work assignment. A co-op experience may also be used for program credits through the course: CO 453 Co-Op Work Experience. This is a 3-credit course that students may register for in their senior year if they have completed three co-op assignments (including summer) the last term of co-op being within a calendar of graduation. The 3-credit course may be counted in the degree credit hour requirement (132 hours). Senior students in the 3-credit course are expected to submit a formal report detailing technical aspects of their employment.

For additional information on cooperative education or internships, contact the Career Services office by calling 260.665.4124, careerservices@trine.edu, or visit the Career Services website.

As a graduate of our Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering program, your job opportunities are endless. Here are a few of the companies employing recent Trine graduates:

  • American Electric Power, various locations Utility system design and simulation, power system distribution analysis
  • BAE Systems, Fort Wayne, IN Aero-engine controls manufacture and test
  • Commonwealth Associates, Jackson, MI Switching and substation design, high-voltage transmission-line design
  • Cummins, Columbus, IN The design and test of engines and engine systems
  • ITT Exelis, Fort Wayne, IN Radio communication systems
  • Navistar International, Lisle, Il Transportation systems
  • Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne, IN Graduate study in wireless communications
  • Whirlpool, Benton Harbor, MI Test and verification of domestic appliances
  • Outbound Technologies, New Hudson, MI Industrial controls and systems
  • Sargent and Lundy, Chicago, IL Architectural engineering and building electrical systems
This degree has a pathway for you to complete both your undergraduate and graduate studies within five years. Learn more about the Four Plus One degree path.
Information about tuition can be found at Cost and Investment.