You would not be able to read this article were it not for electrical engineers. They’re responsible for power systems, iPads and smart phones. A career in the field can be challenging, rewarding and lucrative, with the mean annual wage around $92,000 in 2012, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. College-bound Washington state residents have many programs to choose from no matter where they live in the state.

Spokane Area

Electrical engineering undergraduates at Eastern Washington University in Cheney study digital and electronic circuit design, computer systems, power and energy systems and control systems. You need to maintain a 2.5 GPA in departmental courses to graduate. Gonzaga University’s electrical engineering department’s strengths are electrical energy, power and wireless communications. Its Avista T&D Power Laboratory holds $550,000 in equipment. Its students are working to build hydro, wind and solar power generation systems, and to make the power grid more reliable and secure.

Seattle Area

Seattle Pacific University electrical engineering undergraduates receive a technical education accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology combined with a Christ-centered liberal arts education. In the program you will develop communication and problem solving skills. Electrical engineering students at Seattle University are working on one of the largest solar power projects in Washington in partnership with the Kenworth Truck Company near Interstate 405. You can specialize at Seattle University in electronics, wireless communications, power, controls and signal processing.

Western Washington

The University of Washington’s undergraduate electrical engineering program requires 180 combined credit hours of math, statistics, physics, chemistry, computer programming and core electrical engineering courses. Graduates of the program have gone on to work for Intel, IBM, Agilent, T-Mobile, Verizon, Motorola, Boeing, Qwest and Lockheed. Western Washington University in Bellingham has an electronics engineering technology bachelor’s degree. Graduates of the program have gone on to become engineers or work in product design, technical sales and service, or field engineering operations and maintenance. They work for major technology companies including Boeing, Microsoft and Universal Avionics.

Eastern Washington

Walla Walla University’s undergraduate electrical engineering program prepares you for a career in communications, aerospace electronics, medical instrumentation, imaging systems and nonpolluting energy generation. You’ll design your own electrical circuits and use mathematical models to predict their performance. Washington State University’s electrical engineering program focuses on calculus and calculus-based physics the first year. You move up to digital and analog circuits in the second year, core electrical engineering subjects in the third year and electives in the fourth.