Military Careers

How does a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering benefit my Military Career?

Degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering are preferred degrees for many of the military classifications.

In today’s military, regardless of occupation, you will find yourself working with systems made up of computers, software and electronics.  Having the knowledge and skills to work with these systems gives you the background necessary to advance in your chosen field.

Aerospace Engineering Officer

The AERE Branch is in critical need of Electrical and Computer Engineering graduates. Modern warplanes have more electrical and computer engineering investment than all other engineering disciplines combined. They are packed full of Computer Software, Radar, Weapons, Navigation and Electronic Warfare Systems. These Electrical and Computer Engineering Systems are what makes an airplane a warplane.

Communications and Electronics Engineering Officer

The Communications and Electronics Branch is all about Electrical and Computer Engineering. The military of today, and the future, thrives on information. As information moves onto Computer Networks the military must develop some of the most advanced communications in the world and cope with evolving cyber warfare environments. Cyber warfare is the domain of Computer Engineers and a deep understanding of this complex environment is needed if we are to be successful. The Canadian Military never deploys without the ability to use and monitor mobile radio networks, and satellite and cell communications. Electrical and Computer Engineers are the architects of this modern battle space.

Naval Combat Systems Engineering Officer

Naval Combat Systems are Electrical and Computer Engineering Systems. The bread and butter of Naval Combat Systems are weapons systems control, combat information networks, electronic warfare systems. As an NCS Officer you need a deep understanding of Computer, Software and Electrical Engineering Systems. The Officer at sea is responsible for understanding and providing the fighting capability of the ship. These systems make a ship a warship.

Signals Officer

The Communications and Electronics Branch is all about Electrical and Computer Engineering. The military of today, and the future, thrives on information. As information moves onto Computer Networks the military must develop some of the most advanced communications in the world and cope with evolving cyber warfare environments. Cyber warfare is the domain of Computer Engineers and a deep understanding of this complex environment is needed if we are to be successful. The Canadian Military never deploys without the ability to use and monitor mobile radio networks, and satellite and cell communications. Electrical and Computer Engineers are the architects of this modern battle space.

Maritime Systems Engineering Officer

It has been said that a ship is a city afloat. The Marine Systems Officer is responsible for the provision of electrical power and its distribution aboard the vessel. In modern warships this involves smart, computer controlled power grids and highly redundant distribution. Many next generation warship designs are based upon “all electrical” vessels. The design and management of ship born networks is complex and requires officers with deep Electrical and Computer Engineering skills.

Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Officer

Military fighting vehicles rely heavily on advanced electronic and computer based systems. These systems do everything from controlling fuel flow and electronic ignition to providing computer-assisted stabilization of a gun turret. Weapon systems now use advanced electro-optics and computer-based targeting. The foundation of combat vehicle capabilities are electronic and computer software driven control systems. Radar sensor systems provide defensive cover and the targeting information needed to strike. EME Officers that understand the design and operation of these systems are needed to provide an effective fighting force as well as develop the military fighting vehicles of the future.

Air Combat Systems Officer

The systems in the aircraft that the ACS Officer interacts with are primarily Electrical and Computer Systems driven by complex, specialized software. As an ACS Officer, you need to understand the application of electromagnetics to the function of navigation systems, radar systems, and how the enemy uses electronic warfare techniques to attack. On maritime patrol you need to understand how sonar signals can be used to identify and locate a carefully hidden submarine. All these systems require complex software control. Electrical and Computer Engineering gives the ACS Officer the edge in Air Combat.

Pilot

As a pilot you are constantly interacting with the aircraft electronic systems and computers. Today’s, and even more so tomorrow’s, air war is a sensor war. He who sees first – shoots first. This is true in the air, against ground targets and under-sea targets. Understanding and manipulating your sensor systems and weapon systems gives you the edge in the fight. This is even truer in Electronic Warfare, which is becoming more important than ever in the modern air battle space.

Did you not see your military occupation in the list above?

This does not necessarily mean that you should not pursue a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. In fact, in today’s military it is almost certain that regardless of your occupation, you will have to work with systems made up of computer, software and electronics.