Do you ask this question, “Of all the engineering streams—why ECE?”
If you do, well, you might not be alone.
This is one of the most common questions asked by thousands and thousands of students who are planning to pursue engineering after higher education.
To answer this question, ‘Why ECE’ first we need to understand the importance of ECE or Electronics and Communication Engineering.
The importance of Electronics and Communication Engineering(ECE)
In today’s modern world, imagining a life without electronic gadgets is impossible. The sheer grandeur of Electronics and Communication Engineering lies in the fact that it is ubiquitous. Electronic devices dominate our lives. From mobile phones to refrigerators to ships, aircraft and trains to defence equipment—everything has the dominance of electronics and communication engineering. In fact, ECE has revolutionized the way we communicate and maintain our lifestyles.
That’s why ECE remains one of the most sought after engineering streams in the world. In this article, let’s discover what makes ECE the most popular engineering stream.
So why ECE?
Here are the top 4 reasons why you should choose ECE.
- A flexible engineering stream
Electronics and Communication (EC) hand-in-hand with other fields opens up tremendous opportunities. EC hand-in-hand with computer science & IT gives birth to powerful home automation systems, supercomputers, mobile phones, and the Internet of Things (IOC).
EC hand-in-hand with Mechanical Engineering gives rise to Industrial Robots that improve productivity and replace human labour in an organisation. Civil engineers in architecture and construction can benefit from EC through computer-aided design.
EC hand-in-hand with Medical field promises cutting-edge medical tools, instruments, and machines for carrying out MRI scans, X-rays, and even operations with better precision and accuracy.
So after a major in EC, you can easily migrate to other engineering fields of your passion. This makes ECE a flexible and evergreen field.
- You can switch between software and hardware industries
One of the top advantages of Electronics and Communication engineering is it offers you complete freedom to switch between the software industry and hardware industry. This is one of the main reasons why a lot of companies prefer ECE engineers when compared to other engineers.
As an Electronics and Communication student during the four years’ course, you will gain an excellent knowledge of both the hardware as well as software. That means, you will not only learn about communication systems, devices, and electronic circuits, but also assembly languages, programming languages, and embedded systems.
This combination of both the fields, hardware and software, respectively, will make you more successful in your career than those students who have only knowledge in the software field. That’s why as an Electronics and Communication Engineer, you can easily change tracks from hardware to software industry. Unfortunately, that is not the case with other engineering streams.
- ECE offers excellent job prospects
The products and solutions of Electronics and Communication are employed in a range of industries across the world. As an Electronics and Communications Engineer, you can find job opportunities in a variety of industries, including:
- Embedded Systems
- Wireless Communication
- Very Large Scale Integration(VLSI)
- Digital Image Processing
- Electronics Circuit Design
- Analog & Digital Electronics
- Optical Communication
- Signal Processing
- Internet of Things(IoT)
- Mobile Companies
- Consumer Electronics
- Power Electronics
- Control Systems
- Solid State Physics
If you are an Electronics and Communication engineer, you can find jobs in top public and private companies in India. These include:
– BARC (Bhabha Atomic Research Center)
– BEL(Bharat Electronics Limited)
– BHEL(Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited)
– BSNL(Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited)
– Cisco Systems
– DERL (Defense Electronics and Research Laboratory)
– DRDO (Defense Research and Development Organization)-
– ECIL (Electronics Corporation of India Limited)
– HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited)
– Hewlett-Packard (HP)
– HCL Technologies
– Intel Corporation
– Phillips Semiconductors
– Railway Departments
– Texas Instruments
And so many more!
If you are wondering what your job profile would be as an Electronics and Communication Engineer, here you go!
- Electronics Engineer
- Electronics and Communications Consultant
- System Control Engineer
- Desktop Support Engineer
- Customer Support Engineer
- Technical Director
- Research and Development Software Engineer
- Associate Firstline Technician
- Field Test Engineer
- Service Engineer
- Senior Sales Manager
- Network Planning Engineer
- Electronics Technician
Salary: Depending upon the industry you choose the salary for an ECE fresher in India varies largely starting from 1.5 – 7 Lakhs per annum.
- You can pursue higher education
For those of you who want to improve your career prospects after completing BE or BTech in ECE, pursuing masters is a great option. You can opt for ME, MS, M.Tech, or even MBA.
For ECE Research & Development, governments are spending millions and millions of dollars. So you can even get financial aid and scholarships to do PhD from various non-government and government organisations.
Now that you know the importance of Electronics and Communications Engineering and why you need to choose ECE, go ahead and make the right career decision.