Electrical and Electronic Engineering
mini documentaries: electricity and electronics at EPFL (in French)
Video (in French): Marlène Dollfus, testimonial
Program Presentation and study plan
BSc (180 ECTS credits)
Other programs will be open to you after graduating with the BSc degree, in particular some interdisciplinary MSc programs. See our website at master.epfl.ch for further information.
Please note that the information regarding the programs’ structure as well as details of the study plan may be subject to change.
Video (in French): Alessandro Fichera, testimonial
Once you have completed the BSc then the MSc program, you will be ready to enter the professional world.
CMS, Bachelor and Master degrees in Electrical Engineering (2009)
Christian Bazungula works as a software engineer for Mikron SA, a company
developing and building assembly automation and test solutions.
…and develop different applications. At Mikron SA, I’m responsible for the automation part in our building machine projects. I program for PLC (Programmable Logic Controllers), which integrates different peripheral systems into the machines, like lasers, sensors or vision systems. I work mostly on pharmaceutical or automotive projects.
When I graduated in Electrical Engineering in 2009, the worldwide economic crisis made the situation difficult. There were not many opportunities in the job market. My priority was to stay “up-to-date” to continue to be competitive when the situation improved. I found a one-year internship in an engineering office as a software developer. I also took language classes. Today, I’ve been working for Mikron SA for 4 years and I am given more and more responsibilities.
One of my classmate works for clean energies, in the wind energy field, another one develop embedded systems for Diesel motors. I chose to study Electrical engineering after attending a presentation given by the section director at EPFL. I liked the numerous applications possible and I could imagine myself working in the field.
Working in team is part of my routine. The client’s needs require us to develop complex processes, and I collaborate with different experts: mechanical engineers, industrial vision specialists and electrical technicians. It’s very rewarding! Even if sometimes I regret that our job is “too” industrial: because of cost constraints, we can’t always make as many tests or experiments as in research.
Bachelor and Master degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (2009)
Gwenael Robic works as a field engineer for Bombardier Transportation.
… but I’ve always wanted to discover and learn more about these technologies. When EPFL organized open days for prospective students, I had been impressed with the infrastructures, the labs, the projects’ importance, and the diversity on the campus. It was clear for me: I would study Electrical and Electronic Engineering at EPFL.
For my Master’s thesis, I worked on a project in Germany, in a research institution. It was exactly what I was looking for: combining the possibility to work in the renewable energy field and learning a third language. I developed the electronic control of portable structures designed to orientate solar panels to follow the direction of the sun, and therefore increasing the productivity (in more technical terms, I worked on a new type of inverter-driver for an innovative solar-tracker system).
As soon as I created a Linkedin account, companies started to contact me. Germany has a lot of interesting opportunities in energy and industry to offer. My first job was in Berlin with a small company where I could take responsibilities and initiatives from the beginning, even if my German was not so good! We developed a lab to test an energy storage system for energy produced by a residential solar plant. We were able to simulate the power of the production and consummation of four houses! Unfortunately, the solar field has become less important these last years, and I decided to orientate my career to another field I was really interested in: the railway industry.
Today, I work as a field engineer for Bombardier Transportation. We build the next generation trains that are going to replace the current Swiss Inter-regios and Inter-City ones. I have numerous tasks: I test software for embedded systems produced by our suppliers—air conditioning systems, converter, door control, brakes—and I implement our tests methods: I make sure the systems work. I’ll also be involved in the launching of new trains and of the after-sale service.
I’m very proud to be part of such an industrial adventure. I like being on the field, solving technical problems, and working together with experimented engineers and technicians with different backgrounds. Every day is a new challenge, something that not only gives me a lot of motivation, but also makes me want learn more and share my knowledge.
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