Electrical Engineering

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by MCBTunes, Feb 9, 2005.

  1. Ok actually I think this may belong here?

    Is Electrical Engineering used in the entertainment industry? Studio? Concert? Movies? Or is it generally given to more specific Engineers(Audio etc).. I imagin nothing like digital communications will be in the industry, or circuits...

    I'm going to university in the fall and Electrical Engineering is an option, however they dont offer Audio or anything.

    Any idea what kind of oppertunity there is for Electrical Engineers in the USA? I'm Canadian and will be going to a Canadian school, then moving to the states.

    Any Electrical Engineers here?
  2. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
    Yep. Electrical engineering is the foundation for many things. Including many aspects of audio. It's probably a good thing to learn. There are many careers in that area. Plus, you can use it as a springboard into other things, like computers, and studio engineering, and so on. But, it's a difficult subject. Expect to spend many long hours scratching your head over Fourier transforms and the like. On the other hand, once you learn that stuff, it becomes almost second nature. But there's also the concept that some of that theoretical stuff is "unnecessary". One can probably pick up the concepts without ever learning how to solve a differential equation. And fix an amp, and build a computer, and so on. But engineering is the "foundation" for all that. It's invaluable theoretical knowledge, and it'll help you understand a lot of other things too. My interests got diverted into math, groups and topology and all that. I don't use it in my daily work, except once in a while when I travel up north with some friends for a weekend of fun and games on the big computer. Sounds like you might want to think about your "target" a little more. What is it you really want to do?
  3. one thing I do know is I dont want to spend my life in a cubicle solving mathmatical equations. I like being involved in things and people. Some sort of hands on stuff. But I dont really understand what you mean by target.
  4. Hollow Man

    Hollow Man Supporting Member

    Apr 28, 2003
    Springfield, VA
    I'm an electrical engineer, and a couple of years ago, I built a guitar amplifier using what I learned in college. I think it's supremely useful, because it helps you understand so many facets of instrument design, as well as signal processing. I did my thesis on frequency analysis with a passive tone stack circuit. An electrical engineering education will make preamps and amplifiers more understandable, it will help you with an electric instrument's onboard circuitry (including the pickups), and it will help you understand the effect that each element in the signal path has on your sound from a physics standpoint, rather than just knowing that an amplifier makes things louder. Everyone has their own interests, but I couldn't be happier that I chose EE over other types of engineering.

    MCB, I just noticed your second post. I have many EE friends, and just about all of us work in hands-on fields where we spend more time designing and testing electrical components than sitting in a desk pondering theoretical principles. Believe me, if you want to be involved with technology, EE can get you there as fast as any other field in the world.
  5. hollowman, whats your workload like? Are you busy with work all the time? Also, what is a salary like in your area? Another one of my concerns is if my life starts to revolve around work an I am constantly working... like a doctor, putting in 60 hours a week and dealing with more at home... Also, will you have to be going back to school to sharpen your math skills or anything?

    I want to learn as much as I can about the field so if anyone haseven the slightest bit of information i'll be greatful.... I only have a few days left to decide haha
  6. SirPoonga


    Jan 18, 2005
    Somebody has to figure out new effects pedals for us :) I know a person who's dad is going to start his own effects company. He's an EE I believe.
  7. Tsal


    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    Physics and maths are the basics of every engineering field, studies in those don't ever hurt. Considering you are interested in electronics, you could take courses on electricity related physics.

    But what field to pick, I guess it depends if you want the electric device design knowhow, or the practical use knowledge.

    EE in general would give you the chance of designing your own devices, for example amps, but would teach less on more general subjects.
    However, there are certain more practical programs like Media Engineering that have their basis on physics and maths, include signal processing and such in their studies, but focus more in building a purpouse-related setup, such as a recording studio.

    Also, in general the field you study doesn't mean you couldn't be employed in other related field like studio work, for example as specialists in larger product design teams.
  8. Phat Ham

    Phat Ham

    Feb 13, 2000
    I studied electrical engineering with HollowMan, and I also designed and built a tube guitar amp while there. If you're looking to get into the audio industry EE is a great place to start. EE is also one of the more versatile fields of engineering. Much easier to find a job than say an aerospace engineer. Heck I don't even work as a EE; I write software now. I think the typical starting salary for an EE in this area is in the mid $50k range. Don't quote me on that though.
  9. Jeff Moote

    Jeff Moote Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2001
    Beamsville, ON, Canada
    MCB, which Canadian schools are you considdering. I'm in waterloo engineering and know some elec's so I might be able to give you some insight into what their workload is like and what kind of experiences they've had.
  10. paintandsk8

    paintandsk8 Pushin' my soul through the wire...

    May 12, 2003
    West Lafayette, IN
    I start in the EET program at purdue in the fall. I'm going to get my associates degree in electronics technology, and then go to the conservatory of recording arts and sciences to get training as an audio engineer. I hope the two will compliment each other nicely. Eventually I would like to get into audio hardware design.
  11. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca
    my electrical engineering-major friends are freshman like me, so they aren't at the advanced part of the undergraduate course load. that happens about two years in.

    anyway, looking through the courseload, it seems about at the same level of difficulty as a physics major (mine).

    required math classes of calc 1, 2, 3, ordinary differential equations. probably some elective requirements for math.

    physics 1 and 2. maybe a modern physics course?

    tons of circuit courses a bit later on.

    seems like an interesting major with lots of uses.
  12. groovit


    Oct 12, 2004
    New Hampsha
    I'm looking to get a EE degree, with an eye towards acoustical engineering/audio engineering. I'm looking to become a custom audio install specialist, designing and installing sound solutions for small to medium venues (churches, small clubs, etc.) I'm also planning on either minoring in music, or going back to school post-EE degree to get a music degree of some kind. I definitely want to look into audio engineering too...
  13. Bob Lee (QSC)

    Bob Lee (QSC) In case you missed it, I work for QSC Audio! Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 3, 2001
    Costa Mesa, Calif.
    Technical Communications Developer, QSC Audio
  14. xonebass


    Feb 17, 2005
    Orange, CA

    Not to be offtopic (in an offtopic thread) but I just wanted to thank you and all the guys at QSC for such great products. I'm sure you hear that a lot, but it never hurts to let a company know they're doing well by you.

    I absolutely love my PLX 3402 and it puts out more power than should be legal while still being very clean. My guitarist will never outpower me again :) And I didn't have to pay an arm and a leg. Thanks!
  15. Bob Lee (QSC)

    Bob Lee (QSC) In case you missed it, I work for QSC Audio! Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 3, 2001
    Costa Mesa, Calif.
    Technical Communications Developer, QSC Audio
    Hey, that was the idea behind the amps. I'm glad it works as intended for you! Thanks for the feedback.