Graduate Profiles

Prospective employers think highly of our Department, and our graduates are much in demand. They are very successful in finding immediate employment in a wide variety of careers, such as electrical, electronic, software, systems, information and manufacturing engineering. Specialisations range from automation to power generation and from communications to manufacturing. Challenging opportunities are on offer in research, design, development and tests, as well as management, production, marketing and sales.

Many of our graduates join the larger electronics companies but there are numerous other engineering opportunities available to you. Engineering graduates are also in demand in non-technical fields, such as banking, law and business management.

In the past few years almost all our UK and EU students graduating from EEE had secured jobs or places on further training or higher education programmes within six months of graduation.

Our degrees do not only provide you with the knowledge and skills in your chosen specialist area, you will also gain the generic transferable skills employers are looking for. These include team working, time management, presentation skills and initiative.

What our students say.

Thilini Daranagama

Thilini Daranagama - BEng Electronic Engineering with Employment Experience

I found Sheffield to be a very attractive city. There are a number of parks and beautiful Botanical Gardens. It’s also close to the Peak District.

As a student, one of the most important factors is the cost of living and, compared to the rest of the UK, accommodation and living costs are relatively cheaper in Sheffield.

Balancing studies with extracurricular activities is very important. There is always plenty to do in Sheffield, day or night, whether organised by the city or the Students’ Union, (SSU was voted the Best Students’ Union in the UK several times). So you will hardly get bored. Sheffield student community is diverse with students from all over the world; so there are a number of cultural events organised annually.

Apart from being the greenest city in the UK, Sheffield is also one of the safest cities in UK; which is always a comfort.

The EEE Department has been ranked amongst the top 5 EEE departments in the UK. Therefore, when I received the offer in 2008 after A Levels, I didn’t hesitate to accept. Over the four years of the degree, I have gained a thorough knowledge, both practical and theoretical, in Electronic Engineering. I believe I have earned a degree from Sheffield EEE that would place me in a very competitive position amongst graduates across the UK. A key feature of the curriculum is that over the first two and a half years students learn a wide range of modules, covering all aspects of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, rather than specialising on one category. I think this is very important since all these fields are interconnected. Besides, having a general knowledge exposes you to a wider job market.

As an undergraduate student, you can either choose to do 8-12 week long summer placements or a year in industry between 2nd and 3rd years (for BEng students) or 3rd and 4th years (for MEng students). Summer placements can either be research placements at the University or industrial placements. The university conducts a number of summer research placements such as SURE and such placements are also available at departmental level. The objective of these programmes is to provide hands-on research experience to undergraduate students who are considering a career in research. I underwent a summer research placement after the second year, which motivated me to progress to a PhD after my first degree. Having research experience at undergraduate level helped with the PhD applications as well.

In addition, I did a year in industry at the Wind Tunnel Operations Department of Airbus UK. This was a truly amazing experience and the placement really helped to sharpen my interpersonal skills as well as practical engineering knowledge. The skills and knowledge that I acquired through this placement helped me to do great in the final year project, after returning to the University. Having an industrial placement in your CV places you in a better position for securing a graduate job in the present competitive job market. Besides, these placements are well paid and taking a break from studies allows you time to enjoy and relax before the final year. Therefore, I definitely recommend doing a year in industry. If you are interested, University Careers Service provides guidance on choosing/applying for placements

I am currently a first year PhD student at the University of Cambridge; I received a full scholarship for this during my final year at the University of Sheffield.

Andy Frost

Andrew Frost - MEng Digital Electronics

I like everything about Sheffield. It’s a big city with a small-town feel - ideal for those looking for the urban feel and for those who like the quiet town life. It’s full of character and there is never a day where you couldn’t think of things to do! The city is great value for money, and right next to the Peak District! The amount of parkland is great, with plenty of space for everything on the sunny days. Getting around is easy, and you’ll quickly get fit walking up some of the steep hills!

I would recommend Sheffield EEE to anyone who wants a challenge and wants to make the most of their time studying the subject area. It’s hard work, but very rewarding with the opportunity to take your degree anyway you want.

I chose EEE because I was inspired at school to learn about the practical and technical side of electronics, and Sheffield provided the knowledge and the opportunity I needed. Prior to going to University I spent a year with DSTL, and continued work there during the summer vacations.

In my third year I undertook a Study Abroad at Oregon State University in USA. It was a fantastic opportunity and experience, allowing me to learn a lot about the world of engineering and how different teaching is across the world. I would recommend a study abroad year to everyone, it was fantastic and has added a lot of depth to my degree. I have a job lined up with Rolls-Royce PLC in the Submarine division.

Akeel Auckloo

Akeel Auckloo - BEng (Hons) Electrical Engineering, MSc (Eng) Electronic & Electrical Engineering

I found Sheffield to be among the safest cities in the UK, with a very friendly local population. The University is located within the city itself, which is a great advantage in my opinion as you don’t feel cut off, like most campus universities. Sheffield just has a great atmosphere and makes you feel at home.

There are some stunning parks and green areas very close to the University where I usually enjoy having my lunch when the weather is nice. In my first year, I felt that the Students Union offered me everything that I needed. The amount of activities available to a student is countless! The environment inside the Union is great and is a good place to chill out. I enjoyed a considerable amount of my free time there.

During my time in Sheffield I have met so many wonderful people from every corner of the globe; many have inspired me with their culture. The cultural events organised by the University have helped me discover new people, new cultures, new food.

There was no doubt in my mind that the undergraduate course was going to be challenging before I started, but I quickly realised that a lot of help was available. The course did not just involve lectures but also tutorials where student had direct contact with the lecturers and trained demonstrators. Demonstrators are usually PhD students who have been through the undergraduate course and know exactly where a student might struggle. I always found it easy to approach any lecturer and get help from them.

I really enjoy the fact that the course was not just textbook based, but it also involved interesting practical work. The lecturers always tried to make the course more interactive and interesting by quoting real life examples and facts.

One of my main highlights in the EEE department is definitely the laboratory sessions where I was able to do hands-on experiments. In my First Year, the lab sessions were pretty straight forward with a series of guidelines always provided. As I progressed in my Second Year, the lab sessions got more challenging and more interesting.

In my Third Year and my MSc year, I was able to work independently on a project and apply all the knowledge that I had acquired. I got a chance to develop systems for real life applications under the supervision of a lecturer. My Third Year project was slightly based on artificial intelligence and algorithms for robots. Although the project was different from everything that I had been taught so far, I did not find it difficult to progress. I was able to quickly adapt to the project by applying my basic engineering skills that I had been taught.

Since the EEE Department works with so many British companies, we were always aware of ongoing projects and technologies that were going to come onto the market. During my three years as an undergraduate and then as an MSc student, I was able to use state of the art equipment funded by the vast amount of funding that research brings to the Department.

After I graduated with a BEng (Hons), I initially applied to some graduate schemes and got through the initial interview process with two companies. However, after taking advice from some of lecturers, I changed my mind and decided to stay on for another year for an MSc in Electronic Engineering.

During my MSc, I got more drawn into research prospects and came to the decision to do a PhD. I approached a few lecturers for potential projects and was offered a full scholarship in the Impact Ionization group, which is part of the Semiconductor Materials and Devices group in EEE.

I am currently working on instrumentations for photo-detectors. I am also a senior demonstrator and help out with first year tutorials and laboratory exercises.

Andy Harper

Andy Harper -MEng Electrical Engineering

Sheffield is very accommodating of the large student population, with friendly locals and lots of cost-friendly things to do throughout the year to fill your time. With the Peak District being only a short bus ride away, it’s easy to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a relaxing day in the countryside with your mates.

The large number of societies and sports clubs offered by the Students Union makes it easy to try something different and meet new people outside of your course.
With First Year modules, EEE lecturers place a strong emphasis on beginning at a fundamental level that all students can understand and then build upon this as the module progresses and in subsequent years. I found this approach, along with the friendly and supportive staff, to be a teaching model that suited me well. For this reason alone I would highly recommend the department to potential engineering undergraduates.
As a resident on the Isle of Man, I was lucky enough to obtain three summer placements with the Manx Electricity Authority. The opportunity to relate what I learnt in the lecture theatre to real world problems was something I enjoyed. I would advise all students to attempt to gain one engineering placement during their degree, it really opens your eyes to engineering in the ‘real world’ and helps you decide what to apply for post graduation. There is plenty of help within the Department and from the Careers Service if you decide to apply for a summer placement or year in industry.

During my final year I began applying for various graduate schemes, and was successful in obtaining an Engineering Graduate position at Arup in their London office, beginning in September 2012.

Chris WrightChris Wright - MEng Digital Electronics

Sheffield as a whole is a great place to live as a student in my opinion. Firstly, and most importantly for most students, the nightlife is very good. My own love of Sheffield is the proximity to the Peak District and all the sporting opportunities that this brings which other universities cannot fulfil, (rock climbing, canoeing, mountain biking etc.) This also brings in the vast amount of green space in and around Sheffield.

When looking for a place to study I considered a wide range of universities, but Sheffield stood out to me as a well rounded university that I could get a good degree from and also have a good time.

The EEE Department itself is very well structured with a lot of cutting edge research that really interested me. What I feel set it apart from other universities is the Vision and Information engineering group, which combined both my love for electronics and interest in computer science. This allowed me to follow both of my interests and develop a unique knowledge base. This subsequently led me to the varied job role I do today.

I would definitely recommend EEE, whilst giving me a wealth of technical training it also provided me with other core training. The standing of the University also helped me get a job as a lot of Grad schemes are starting to only accept students from high ranking and respected Universities.

Whilst at EEE I didn’t participate in any summer placements or year in industry schemes. In hind-sight I wish I had done as this would have accelerated my career and made job hunting a lot easier and more successful.

Since graduation I have worked at two different companies, a small start-up software company and Siemens (Building technologies, Fire Safety and Security). The start-up company was one that I started myself with seed funding from a development company. I ran this jointly for two months before moving on to Siemens.

In my first role I worked as a programmer and as a manager. The skills that I was taught at university along side the pure technical modules, (e.g. management), proved invaluable here and definitely allowed me to succeed. The technical experience I had gained during my degree also proved valuable. In the technical role I was a developer creating my own code for applications that were under development and auditing code that had been created by other developers.

My second role was with Siemens on a graduate scheme as I felt this would be a better investment at the start of my career than working for a small company. In this graduate scheme I gain a wealth of training whilst doing a technical job. My job role at Siemens is a Product and Solutions Engineer (in fire safety and security). In the first part of this role I test and evaluate new technology for suitability for use, provide third line technical support and give usage advice. This really interests me as whilst at EEE I considered my speciality/interest to lie in the VIE area, and therefore my job (working with cameras among other things) is in line with my interests. The second half of my job role is to provide solutions; this means I create system designs for non-standard systems, which involves research, design and testing of these systems.

Robert working on site at a project in Greece

Robert Milne MEng MIET

"Having graduated from Sheffield in 2006 with a First Class MEng in Electrical Engineering, I went to work for Power Engineering Consultants Plc as an on-site commissioning engineer of HV power systems. Through my work I have travelled the world and have met people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures. The excellent standard of teaching in the Department, as well as extensive academic support, really gave me the confidence to take my career forward, based on a sound knowledge of engineering fundamentals obtained through studying for my degree.

Five years on from graduation, I am in the process of applying for Chartership with the IET and am looking forward to a bright and prosperous future. I would like to thank the University of Sheffield and the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering for the key role they have played in getting me to where I am today and where I plan to be tomorrow!"

Ripul Agarwal

Ripul Agarwal

Ripul Agarwal is in the final year of our MEng in Digital Electronics with Employment Experience. During 2009-2010, Ripul gained his employment experience with the global company Reckitt Benckiser (RB). RB brands are found in millions of consumers’ homes in over 180 countries. Their employees have international careers in operations in over 60 countries that span the continents. Ripul briefly tells us about his experience.

"I worked in RB as an analyst for fourteen months during my placement year. Gaining experience in a company as part of my EEE course was a very rewarding experience. Working with experienced professionals has helped me develop a strong sense of professionalism, discipline and technical knowhow, which is essential for the future.

I explored the positive impact of technology on various departments of the company, (supply chain, marketing, R&D etc), and how technology is the key to driving business productivity further. During my placement, working with business, vendors and contractors on technical projects gave me a different perspective on all those real time issues and their solutions, which we normally couldn't grasp just through university taught modules.

Such practical exposure between courses is highly beneficial to a EEE undergraduate as it gives a better realisation of the concepts we learn in the Department. I would highly recommend fellow undergraduates to indulge themselves in any sort of industrial placement or internship experience. It not only develops your technical aptitude through exposure to a real industry, it also improves your personal ‘brand value’ as a EEE graduate for future employment."