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How much of an advantage do I have in EE w/an associates in electronics?

  1. Apr 8, 2012 #1
    Assuming I actually get the position, I will be interning this summer at one of the Hydroelectric dams in Alabama (working for Alabama Power of course). As far as course work, I will be graduating with Knowledge of trigonometric AC circuit analysis, DC circuit Analysis, Analog electronics (BJT amplifiers, UJT amplifiers, Operational Amps, Optoelectronics, etc.), Motor Controls (Relays, Timers, Motor Starters, Thermal OL protection), Electric Motors themselves, Programmable Logic Controllers, Biomedical Electronics (Which is my "minor"), Instrumentation, Process Controls, Java Programming, Network architecture, Wireless Communication Devices, and much more.

    From that list, will I have a reasonable "head start" on most other students?

    Will I be at a disadvantage in any way?

    Did any of you receive your Associates degree before heading to engineering school?
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  3. Apr 9, 2012 #2


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    On your first day of circuits I.....you're teacher is going to give away the magic formula:


    After that......the playing field will be level:)
  4. Apr 9, 2012 #3


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    I did a electrical engineering technology course before starting electrical engineering. But I have yet to finish EE school, so I can't give you much info on how useful your previous education is. Sounds like you really did a lot though...

    plus im bridging into third yr engineering, if you are starting engineering from the beginning, no big deal.
  5. Apr 9, 2012 #4
    Won't the other interns have electrical backgrounds as well?
  6. Apr 10, 2012 #5
    The other interns will be on my level (pursuing an Associates Degree). However, no one can really say whether or not they themselves will pursue an engineering degree of any kind (other than them).
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    You will obviously have an advantage over your new classmates.

    Your next challenge in school will likely be differential equations and how they relate to RC, RL and RLC circuits. Get through this and you are home in my opinion. And through every transient micro-second of your circuit......V still equals IR. Amazing, I know.
  8. Apr 10, 2012 #7
    Yeah. It was a pretty common sense question. I have a bad habit of asking questions to which I should already, and usually do know the answer. I normally just like a second opinion.

    And in regards to Ohm's Law, I love how, no matter how crazy things may look, it all goes back to the basics.

    Thanks for the answers, even if it was pretty obvious from the beginning. I just wanted to know from someone who had actually already been there.
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