I'm really not joking about that last one.
So let me start with things that people seem to think I went to school for that I really didn't:
- Setting up your TV
- Hooking up your cable
- Making your computer faster
- Setting up a router (seriously guys, all I did was read the instruction manual)
- Running a sound system (yes I know how to use the pretty knobs, yes I knew immediately what the problem was, no I don't need my degree to tell you which knob to turn to fix your problem- I've been running sound systems since I was in 8th grade)
- Building a computer
- Hooking up various game systems, DVD players, VCRs, etc to your TV or computer
- Setting up your computer, plugging in your mouse and keyboard and monitor, reading the on screen instructions to set it up, etc.
- You know when you open up some sort of electronic for whatever reason, and there's that pretty green board with all that stuff stuck to it? I know what that stuff does- I make the pretty green boards.
- You know things like MRIs, how the first word in that is "magnetic?" That's electrical engineering.
- You know those flashlights that you shake and they magically light up? How you can see the crap inside the handle? That's electrical engineering.
- Things like electromagnetic fields in space, radar detection, etc, is also EE.
Think of "electrical engineers" as "electricity manipulators"- we create things that make electricity do what we want it to do.
I know that a lot of my friends from school could probably help me expand on this post a bit, but I'm trying to keep it somewhat simple for my non-engineering friends and family so that they might finally have some sort of clue as to what I do. So engineering friends, feel free to post in the comments about what Electrical and Computer Engineering is.
I hope that this post helped clarify what exactly I do. Now I should go to bed, because I have an interview tomorrow!