Post by Steve Post by email@example.com
Not easy. EE is frequently grouped with computer programming, so
there are a lot of requirements that have nothing to do with CE. I do
know many EE's in our CE company, so if he wants to go that route (for
example, ITS systems) he should head for the EE degree and either
minor in CE or intern with a civil company.
Well his interest is EE..... BUT he wants two work for
MODOT and not sure any EE jobs in mostly a civil
EE in a civil company would probably put you in the private sector.
But I don't know what different state's practices are. NJDOT does
almost no design work in-house, whereas NYSDOT does a substantial
portion of their smaller projects without ever consulting a
contractor. So the more MoDOT does on their own, the more likelihood
they would have EE positions to help with the work.
There are a handful of EE's at IL DOT. They work on traffic signal,
lighting, ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems) and pump station
design and installation. There may be a few EE's at the Capital
Development Board also (they manage building facilities for the state)
- one EE from CDB transferred to IL DOT several years ago to run the
utilities section in Springfield. But in-house design is on the
decline at most state highway departments, and an increasing amount of
work is given to consulting firms.
Most large engineering firms have several EE's on staff - working in
the aforementioned fields, plus electrified rail, rail signalling, and
energy sector (electric transmission, power generation, etc.)
One other comment on "double degree" CE/EE's...such a degree would
give a person a good breadth of training experience, but most
counselors would likely recommend being a specialist (i.e. Master's
degree) in either CE or EE with the time it would take to acquire a
double bachelor's CE/EE degree, if income is a primary concern.
Carefully chosen specialties often pay off better than broad "general"
degrees in a life career path.