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Can my subject combination lead me to Telecom Engineering?

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Added 19th February 2008 03:00 AM

I am a senior six student currently doing Physics, Maths, Economics and Kiswahili at Ntare School and I would like you to guide me on the right programme I should pursue with my subject combination. I am looking at two options: Telecom and Electrical Engineering. Which of these is compatible with m

I am a senior six student currently doing Physics, Maths, Economics and Kiswahili at Ntare School and I would like you to guide me on the right programme I should pursue with my subject combination. I am looking at two options: Telecom and Electrical Engineering. Which of these is compatible with m

CAREER GUIDANCE

Dear Jamesa,
I am a senior six student currently doing Physics, Maths, Economics and Kiswahili at Ntare School and I would like you to guide me on the right programme I should pursue with my subject combination. I am looking at two options: Telecom and Electrical Engineering. Which of these is compatible with my subject combination?
Allan

Dear Allan,

Your career interest seems to be focused in Engineering. Engineering is a science-based career because engineers apply the principles of science and Mathematics to develop solutions to technical problems. Their work is the link between scientific discoveries and the commercial applications that meet societal needs.

In addition to design and development, many engineers work in testing, production or maintenance. Both Telecom and Electrical Engineering give diverse specialised skills.
  • Electrical Engineering:

  • It deals with design, development, testing and supervising the manufacture of electrical equipment like electric motors; machinery controls, lighting, and wiring in buildings; automobiles; aircraft and power generation, control, and transmission devices used by electric utilities. Electrical engineers specialise in areas such as power systems engineering or electrical equipment manufacturing.

  • Telecom Engineering:
  • Telecom engineers design, build, operate and maintain telecommunication systems. The Telecommunication Engineering programme prepares you for careers in which you will design, develop and manage electronic information and communication systems.

    Both programmes, therefore, are compatible with your subject combination. But there is more to this than just subject compatibility. Career choice goes beyond mere matching of subject combination with compatible degree programmes. There is a lot to consider in regard to your interests, strengths and weaknesses, talents and abilities.

    Engineering is a practical subject. Engineers use computers extensively to produce and analyse designs; to test how a machine, structure, or system operates; to generate specifications for parts; and to monitor product quality and control process efficiency. Do you enjoy working with machines? Your passion determines your career success. Please talk to a career counsellor to help you decide.
    Training:
  • Kyambogo University:
    Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering offers a four-year Bachelor of Engineering in Telecommunication Engineering degree programme. The department also offers a two-year diploma programme in the same field.


  • Makerere University:
    Faculty of Technology, department of Electrical Engineering offers a four-year BSc. Telecom Engineering degree programme. The department also offers a four-year BSc. Electrical Engineering degree programme.


  • Requirements:

    The essential subjects required for a degree in Telecom Engineering or Electric Engineering are: Mathematics and Physics. Other relevant subjects are Technical Drawing, Chemistry and Economics.

    Compiled by Jamesa Wagwau
    jwagwau@newvision.co.ug

    Can my subject combination lead me to Telecom Engineering?

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