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Electrical and Information Engineering

Is a career in Electrical and Information Engineering for you?

Are you a creative person, good at Maths and Science with an interest in applying your skills to areas such as:

• Systems & Control
• Information Technology
• Cellular Technology
• Artifcial Intelligence
• E-Business Technology
• Instrumentation
• Energy Supply & Management
• Power Generation & Transmission
• Power Utilisation
• Networking
• Computer Vision
• Automation
• Electronics
• Medical Instrumentation

Then a career in Electrical and Information Engineering is for you!
What is an Engineer? 

Engineers conceive, create, plan and design major works, products and processes for useful purposes. Engineering is based on mathematical and scientific knowledge and takes into account social and economic issues.

What is an Electrical Engineer? 

Electrical Engineers apply the principles of electricity and magnetism to the design of systems and devices relating to electronic hardware, energy transmission and power utilisation. They also oversee the construction and maintenance of these systems.

What is an Information Engineer? 

Information engineers are responsible for developing and maintaining high level systems in which computer software applications, networking and information processing are the essential components.

Engineering is a creative and fulfilling career

Electrical Engineering traces its origins to the first applications in the 19th Century of the discoveries of electricity and magnetism to perform useful functions. The Electric Telegraph was the earliest use of electricity and magnetism to send information over long distances. Electrical Energy was later used for lighting and motive power. The rst digital computer was developed by researchers in a School of Electrical Engineering. Today Electrical Engineering continues to concern itself with both the generation, transmission, storage and utilisation of electrical energy, as well as the processing, storage and transmission of information.

Electrical and Information Engineering Today

The broad field of Electrical Engineering still retains its two original threads, namely those of Electrical Energy and Information. Both these elements are supported by a common set of scientific and Engineering fundamentals.


Wits EIE graduates are in demand both inside and outside the conventional engineering sector. Within the mainstream Electrical Engineering sector a significant number of EIE graduates have set up their own businesses or work in hi-tech companies producing anything from specialised electronic equipment (such as biomedical devices) and advanced control systems (eg those found in the aircraft and nuclear industries) to conventional electrical and power engineering systems, including those used in renewable energy processes.

Outside the sector our graduates are working in IT departments for major banks, insurance industries, retail chains, as well as medical research institutes. As companies in these sectors begin to deal with the complexities encountered in modern IT and e-commerce, they need to employ people with both IT skills and the range of problem solving, systems analysis and other skills found in Wits EIE graduates.

Engineers play a vital role in the field of Development. Many government programmes concerned with the delivery of education, health and other services to urban and rural communities rely heavily on the expertise and inputs of EIEs in order to accomplish this objective.

Biomedical Engineering

What is Biomedical Engineering?

Biomedical engineering is the application of engineering and other quantitative sciences to the solution of problems in medicine and biology. 

Biomedical Engineers study the human body and other living systems from the perspective of an engineer. They see the organism as a complex machine and use concepts from engineeing and science to understand how it works.

Medical Diagnosis and Treatment

Biomedical Engineers  develop equipment for the diagnosis and treatment of disease, such as CT scanning and ultrasound to see inside the body without surgery, artificial hearts, dialysis equipment for people without functioning kidnesy, and laser surgery devices.

Biomedical Engineering at Wits

The BEngSc(BME) degree represents a combination of three excellent faculties. Lecturers are drawn from the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, the Faculty of Health Sciences, and the Faculty of Science.

Have you got what it takes?

Prospective Biomedical Engineering students should be good at mathematics and physical science, and enjoy life sciences. They should enjoy problem solving and get a kick out of understanding things, rather than just learning. The student must also work well with others. Admission is subject to meeting minimum academic requirements and is highly competitive.

What can I do after Biomedical Engineering?

The BEngSc(BME) degree provides candidates with an excellent scientific education with an emphasis on engineering and applied sciences as they relate to biomedical engineering.

The BEngSc(BME) is a general degree which does not facilitate statutory registration in a specific discipine and should thus be followed by further study towards a professional degree such as medicine, electrical engineering, Physics, etc. Alternatively graduates of the degree may undertake an honours, master and PhD in any of a number of suitable disciplines.