If you want to start a career in electrical engineering, you can start by attending one of the six engineering schools in Nebraska. All six Nebraska schools have Associate's degree programs, while two schools offer Bachelor's degree programs. There is one school in the state with a Master's degree and PhD program.
In order to decide which degree is best for you, think about your career goals and how much time you want to spend in school. To earn an Associate's degree, you need to complete 60 credits. This takes about two years if you attend school full-time. A Bachelor's degree is required for licensure in Nebraska, and it requires about four years of full-time study. You complete 120 credits in courses like Digital Signal Processing, Communication Systems, and Introduction to Semiconductors.
You can also choose to earn an advanced degree if you already have a Bachelor's degree in engineering. You need to dedicate two years to earning a Master's degree, which includes 30 credits in courses like Nanophotonics and Power Electronic Converters. If you want to earn a PhD, plan on spending an average of seven years writing your thesis.
Tuition in Nebraska varies significantly between schools, but the average cost of tuition is $6700. You may be able to save money by applying for federal financial aid, scholarships, and private grants.
The American Council of Engineering Companies Nebraska is a local organization that gives engineering scholarships to Nebraska students every year. You can also apply for scholarships provided by the Nebraska Society of Professional Engineers.
Before you can begin working as an engineer in Nebraska, you must earn your license from the State of Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects. Before you can be considered for licensure, you have to pass the Fundamentals of Engineering exam. After that, you can send your application in with a $150 check. Your license must be renewed every year by December 31.