The difference between Electrical Engineering and Electronic Engineering

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The difference between Electrical Engineering and Electronic Engineering

The difference between Electrical Engineering and Electronic Engineering


Generally, when the word “engineering” is mentioned, we tend to imagine large machinery or engines with cogwheels turning, but there is much more to it than that. While they are many branches of engineering, they all relate to each other in some way or other. Electrical Engineering is often confused with Electronic engineering and the two terms are often wrongly used interchangeably.


Electrical Engineering is the design and application of circuitry, manufacture and development of power devices that use or generate electricity. Electronic Engineering utilizes active electrical components such as diodes or microprocessors to design electronic circuits, devices. Although Electronic Engineering is technically a discipline of Electrical engineering, it is usually treated as a separate study on its own due to its multiplex uses.


In theory, the study of Electrical Engineering encompasses Electronic engineering, but the study of Electronic Engineering provides in-depth knowledge. Electrical Engineering deals with all aspects of electricity and electric devices, this is very broad. On the other hand, Electronic Engineering has a more focused approach, narrowing down on a specific aspect of Electrical Engineering.


Truthfully, both fields are related to each other in many ways, and both play critical roles in the use and development of technology today. For many schools in China, these fields of engineering have become a trendy choice. Chinese schools provide courses able to facilitate research and training in both types of engineering. Numerous universities and colleges in China gladly welcome international students to enroll in their engineering programs. Over the years, thousands of students have graduated from Chinese universities and are employed in various countries. Upon graduation, these schools will award you with internationally recognized qualifications and you can go on to work successfully in whichever country that you desire.



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