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    Quote Originally Posted by Fnewman View Post
    Lots of great comments, so I'll add a few based on 50+ years. The engineering program at any major university will be almost all theory, meaning a lot of high-level math and theory related to many of the various electrical engineering fields. After all, they only have so much time and neither you or they know whether you will end up designing computer chips or cell tower antennas, just to name two possibilities. For sure, you are not likely to see any courses about codes, motor control circuits, etc. For me, the best combination was a co-op program at a great university so that I ended up with a therotical understanding, along with some really good practical connections to the real world via my industrial job.
    They also don't know if you are going to take a job making donuts at the coffee shop

    One of my son's best friends from high school went to college and studied civil engineering. He is now an assistant manager at a big box store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fnewman View Post
    Lots of great comments, so I'll add a few based on 50+ years. The engineering program at any major university will be almost all theory, meaning a lot of high-level math and theory related to many of the various electrical engineering fields. After all, they only have so much time and neither you or they know whether you will end up designing computer chips or cell tower antennas, just to name two possibilities. For sure, you are not likely to see any courses about codes, motor control circuits, etc. For me, the best combination was a co-op program at a great university so that I ended up with a therotical understanding, along with some really good practical connections to the real world via my industrial job.
    And you could very well find a job waiting for you when you graduate. I was an Engineering Co-Op student, and I did my work semesters at Motorola in their semiconductor sector. When I graduated I went through a perfunctory set of interviews mostly with people I had already worked with, and I had a job for 22 years. Engineering Co-Op is great!

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