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Electrical Engineering Career Plan

Electrical engineering is one of those professions that integrate a multitude of skills such as scientific, technological, problem-solving skills to design, construct as well as maintain products, services together with information systems (RIT, 2012). I am keen on pursuing a career in the field of electrical engineering. My career plan for the next 5-7 years is targeted at achieving this dream. Currently I am a junior major in electrical engineering. The course will take me the next four years to graduate with Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.

My course at the university would take five years, after which I hope to have adequately graduated with a BSC in Electrical Engineering, having specialized in electrical engineering. More specifically, I plan to venture into a subsection of Electrical engineering -microelectronics and semiconductors. My interest in the field of semiconductors is because of their significant roles in most technological revolutions in the world. Major technological advancements are achieved through developments in semiconductor physics.  Skills in microelectronics would allow me to give contribution to the development of better integrated circuit manufacturing processes, high speed performance processors, along with semiconductors with increased ability to function in extreme temperature ranges.

By the end of the second year, I should have clean room experience – thorough understanding of semiconductors, IC fabrication together with design of experiments. This knowledge would help me as a process in helping with projects. By mid third year, I ought to have understanding of basic diode and transistor circuits. In addition, I would have enhanced comprehension of ion implant, physical vapor deposition along with plasma etch. At the end of third year I hope to have understanding of inner functioning of MOS devices as well as analog/digital integrated circuits. I anticipate to have gained ability to work independently on a range of projects such as diffusion oxidation, and ion-implant areas at the middle of fourth year. At the end of the fourth year, I would be properly prepared to work independently on the aforementioned projects in addition to chemical vapor deposition or lithography projects. I portend to have thorough understanding of the design of microchips and the mechanism of semiconductor devices. Furthermore, the interaction of light with specific material such as reflections from certain multilayer substrates should be within my knowledge at that time.

The end of the fifth year would be my most defining year in the academic journey. At this point in time, I should be in a position to work independently in the microelectronics industry. I should be able to handle such tasks as process, process development, and device, test, product and quality assurance, assurance among others. I would have developed skills to conduct independent research/design and communicate effectively in a technical forum.

Work Environment

Having come from China to pursue my academic goals in the United States, I would like to remain and work here in my area of specialty. I am upbeat about finding job opportunities in the large US semiconductor industry within the first year after my graduation. The semiconductor is one of the most vital industries for the US, where there lots of companies and institutions that specialize in such areas as chip manufacturing, chip processing, metrology tools, etc (RIT, 2012). However, I would be most interested in working for companies that specialize in the field of microelectronics research. Such organizations in the US include the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), Texas Instruments, Task Microelectronics USA, Intel Corporation, Qualcomm, Micron Technology, Broadcom, AMD, Freescale Semiconductor, ON Semiconductor, among others. It is my staunch belief that working with such companies would afford me adequate preparation and exposure to varied aspects of the scientific environment. The job titles I anticipate to take on include Process Engineer, Research Engineer, Device Engineer, Equipment Engineer, Development Engineer, Principle Engineer, Manufacturing Yield Engineer, Process Integration Engineer, and Photolithography Engineer. It is my understanding that the starting salaries are relatively better than most graduates in other fields of study (RIT, 2012).

It would be fulfilling to work for a state-of-the-arts technology company and where there is provision for part time working so that I can pursue my education further while on job. Advancing my education would be crucial because engineering is one of those fields that require an practitioner to keep updating his/her skills as technology rapidly advances (RIT, 2012).

In the sixth year, I intend to pursue a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. As a senior majoring in Electrical Engineering, I intend to pursue all relevant courses in my pursuit for a research career in semiconductors. These are:

First Semester - Senior Year:

  • ECE 4001: ECE 4001: Engineering Practice and Professionalism
  • ECE 4007: Electrical and Computer Engineering Design Project
  •  ECE 3080: Semiconductor Device
  •  ECE 3076: Computer Communication

Second Semester – Senior Year

  • ECE 3050: Analog Electronics
  • ECE 4752: Integrated Circuit Fabrication
  • ECE 4755: Package Substrate Fabrication
  • ECE 4451: Semiconductor Device for Wireless and Fiber Communication

In the seventh year, I would like to have reached the height of my career. By this time I intend to have to have transformed from a researcher into a manager for a reputable research firm in the United States. In my managerial position, I would like to push for extensive research in the area of wide-bandgap semiconductors. This kind of research would focus on wide-bandgap semiconductors having energy bandgap that is relatively greater that the typical silicon (Si) and gallium arsenide semiconductors. This is purely for the reason that I believe that wide-bandgap devices are destined to be the next generation semiconductors with high temperature tolerance as well as higher performance speeds. This would especially come in hand in the face of high temperatures occasioned by the growing challenge of global warming going forth. I do not anticipate many challenges in carrying out these researches because of the fact that research technology keeps getting better rather fast and great amounts of funds are put into research and manufacturing of semiconductors. Alternatively, it would be a privilege to share my knowledge and skills with aspiring electrical engineering by lecturing in universities. Universities present a fertile ground to conduct academic research using cutting edge technology in microelectronics and semiconductors.

Place to Live

After investing a lot of effort, resources and time to become such an authority figure in microelectronics, there are a number of US cities that I would love to live in. These include Baltimore, San Francisco, Boulder, Hatford, Richmond, Austin, Boston, New York, Washington D.C., San Jose, CA. These cities are famed for being home to technologically-oriented companies that pay very well, have many startup businesses searching for professional expertise, and generally have scientific and engineering environments.

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