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what are the best ways to learn about Electrical engineering

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Daniel’s Answer

Hello from Silicon Valley!

Coming up with an useful answer to your question depends on what you mean by Electrical Engineering (EE). It can be a pretty broad field, but can be broadly grouped into hardware and software. It is often related to designing and developing software, but most folks will consider software programming to be a separate category (and job) than EE.

EE Hardware can covers activities like designing, building, and maintaining:

  • electronic devices (for example, smart phones or gaming machine, medical devices like a pacemaker),
  • integrated circuits (computer CPUs, vision and graphics processors, amplifiers, sensors, etc.),
  • vehicles (self-driving or electric vehicles currently get lots of attention),
  • equipment in communications networks,
  • equipment for generating and delivering electrical power (for example, solar power, or controllers in the electrical delivery grid),

and literally thousands more examples. But all of these activities are based on the same fundamental science of how to control the flow of electricity (or electrons) by manipulating voltages and currents. So if you can master the basics of figuring out how electrical components affect voltage/current in an electrical circuit, you can apply that knowledge for deeper understanding in any application (whether in the list above or beyond).

As to figuring out the best way to learn about EE, I would suggest starting with something that is interesting to you, and then finding some folks who share that interest in your community. I really wanted to build a killer stereo when I was young, and that got me interested in learning more about EE. You may have an interest in robotics, or gaming, or artificial intelligence - start there. See if you can find some others near you who share that interest and want to work together. Clubs in high school or college are a great place to start (as are EE classes, of course), but also places like Ham Radio clubs, computer or gadget repair shops, or any of a number of online DIY (do it yourself) communities.

Depending on how comfortable you are with math and physics classes, introductory EE classes can take a bit of patience to work through (in my first two years of college EE classes, I got to work hands-on with actual electronics parts in exactly 1 class). But you can get some hands-on experience much faster working with other, more experienced EEs in DIY or repair shops. And for me, getting to work on stuff (whether fixing it or just taking it apart) really helped motivate me to work through the material being taught in class. And what I learned from class allowed me to better understand whatever gadget I was working on.

If you can come back with some more specifics about what is interesting to you (from an electrical engineering point of view), I'm sure we can provide more suggestions about next step that you can take to learn more about it.

Hope this was useful.


Daniel recommends the following next steps:

Choose an area that may be of interest within the field of electrical engineering. Then look for others nearby who share that interest.

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Grant’s Answer

Hello from Glasgow Scotland, a few miles away from Edinburgh Scotland.

It depends what you want to do as a career, the best way to learn about electrical engineering is to start off with a one year part time college course, I will help you as much as I can with that and can see what I can do to make sure you get onto one.

You'll want to start doing electronics as a hobby and to start to collect small tools and components and eventually some test instruments, handheld to start with..

There are electrical companies in your area in the US that will be able to employ you and provide work related training.

Please feel free to message me on here