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Basis of Education Competence Standards Structure of Studies Development of Expertise Methods and implementation Course Table

ES20SP Degree Programme in Electrical and Automation Engineering

This curriculum is a translation of the curriculum of the Finnish degree program.

Development of Expertise

In Savonia's curricula, the study units form broader study units. In this way, they are not detached but support the overall development of the student and the development of expertise. At the same time, it is possible to combine teaching and work-based research and development.

The electrical engineering curriculum is designed so that
- the degree provides the skills required in working life
- the training ensures the development of the student's expertise.

- develops a personal study plan to support his / her studies, in which previously acquired competencies are identified (includes at least 5 credits of study in a foreign language)
- is responsible for the progress of his / her studies.
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Electrical engineering education is built on the principle of student professional development. Building both a student’s personal learning path and career development is supported by both teachers and peer groups. Each student has a personal professional development instructor teacher or teacher tutor throughout the education.

The student's professional growth is described by the annual study themes chosen in electrical engineering as follows:
- 1st year: professional introduction
- 2nd year: competence development
- 3rd year: application of competence
- 4th year: deepening competence

The themes of the studies are presented in the table. The first year is common to all electrical students. Device-oriented information technology students choose their own field of study in the spring of the first year, after which their learning consists of both electrical engineering and information technology studies. Those who have chosen building technology and electricity distribution or electrical drives and automation will study the field of electrical power technology until the third year, when the actual orientation begins.

The development of expertise is illustrated in the following table.


The figure below illustrates the development of expertise from a newly arrived student to an engineer with the basic prerequisites of an expert in the field according to the curriculum of electrical engineering.


Professional Titles, Overview

In addition to technological expertise, electrical engineers are required to have project work skills, creativity, logical thinking, social skills, self-confidence, the ability to collaborate, and initiative.

The rapid development of the electrotechnical field requires constant adoption of something new and readiness for lifelong learning. Product design tasks require, in particular, problem-solving skills as well as general information about the industry and its development. Sales-related jobs require the ability to anticipate the market. In production and management tasks, emphasis is placed on cooperation and communication skills as well as organizational skills. The work of an engineer typically involves decision-making that is of great financial importance and financial risk. Critical judgment is necessary. More and more language skills and the social skills required for teamwork are needed in all tasks in the field.

The most typical professional titles of a graduating electrical engineer (building services engineering and electricity distribution) are:

Electrical Designer designs electrical and telecommunications systems for buildings, such as electrical and alarm systems and building automation. New issues in building services include information modeling and smart building technology, the management of which will be further emphasized in the future. An electrical designer works mainly in electrical installation shops and design offices.

A strong electrical engineering skill is required in an electrical designer's job. In addition, an electrical designer needs basic skills in automation technology, electronics, and information technology. As your career develops, you need knowledge of business and project management.

The Project Manager is responsible for the practical implementation of the electrical plan and project management. Tasks include e.g. project scheduling, budget monitoring, managerial roles, and liaison with clients (e.g., site meetings).

In addition to electrical engineering skills, project manager roles require interaction skills, managerial skills, and technical and financial plan monitoring and evaluation skills.

The power grid developer is responsible for the design and construction of the grid company or construction company. The task requires a broad understanding and application of the basics of electrical engineering and zoning. The foundation of professional competence is a strong mastery of physics, mathematics, theoretical electrical engineering, documentation and financial accounting. Success in this position also requires good component and system skills, special skills (power distribution, fault situation and dimensioning), good reporting skills, basics of teamwork and management of industry standards, recommendations and information systems. Active development in one's own field is self-evident and requires an active approach to work.

Working in the field, an engineer refines what he has learned, learns something new. She develops herself and prepares for managerial tasks, negotiations, and task planning and execution within the organization and with other organizations. Teamwork and project management skills are deepening. The engineer is also ready to get acquainted with non-electronic systems, e.g. for zoning.

The Power Distribution Automation Specialist is responsible for the maintenance of hardware and software related to the operation of the power distribution network and the construction and maintenance of substation automation. The task requires in-depth knowledge of electrical and distribution technology as well as good knowledge of automation hardware and software. Knowing electrical safety is important. In electricity distribution automation, the basics of economics, ie the benefits and costs of automation, must be known.

The electricity grid builder is responsible for the management of electricity distribution network construction projects - tendering for works, selection of contractors, preparation of contracts, supervision of works, safety and finances. A typical construction project is an order from a network company, where the implementer is a network construction company. The task requires knowledge of the basics of electrical engineering and distribution technology, purchasing skills, knowledge of the use of spatial data, knowledge of planning software, negotiation skills and knowledge of the basics of economics. The task also requires language skills - at least English.

The most typical professional titles of a graduating electrical engineer (electrical drives and automation) are:

The Electrical and Automation Designer defines the automation of the customer's hardware and their interfaces, as well as the electrification. He creates the application program and its user interfaces and participates in testing, implementation and user training. The work of an electrical and automation designer is mainly related to the industrial environment or the electrical operation of a vehicle, ship, etc.

The Sales Engineer acts as the customer's technical expert in the commercial game. In their work, the sales engineer must be quick to adapt and effectively adopt the different user environments of the customers. A sales engineer understands the technology of the products being sold and is able to identify the benefits of the product in different applications. In his job, he needs good interaction skills and fluent language skills, as well as knowledge of cultures.

A project engineer is responsible for planning and implementing client projects in collaboration with the client and the rest of the project team. He is involved in design and equipment selection, documentation and installation supervision. He may also be responsible for project finance and budgeting.

The Deployment Engineer is a versatile electrical and automation engineering specialist responsible for reviewing systems and preparing, performing, and documenting compliant and safe deployment. He often acts as a liaison between designers, builders and users from different countries and cultures, and as experience is gained, as a supervisor and leader of the work.

In the position of Maintenance and Service Engineer , there are successful customer service professionals who have a broad understanding of various applications in electrical engineering and are self-motivated. Tasks include pre-planning maintenance work, monitoring the condition of the equipment and troubleshooting with the help of various measuring devices and IT tools, as well as installation work or their supervision and supervision as a foreman. Working in jobs around the world requires flexibility, collaboration, cultural awareness and good language skills.

The electrical industry also offers consulting and training roles and the ability to start your own business


We reserve the right to make changes to the curriculum due to the need to update the content being studied.