Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsEngineering · 10 years ago

Electrical vs Electronic - what is the differences between electrical engineering and electronic engineering?

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    Electrical engineering and electronics engineering appear to be almost identical , but there is a lot of differences.

    Electrical engineering; Though Electricity as all know '' as the flow of Electrons'' , the Electronics has been separated as a different BRANCH..

    Electric Engineering deals with The Generation of Electricity by different means like hydel, Thermal, tidal, With solar power, Tidal energy etc etc different means.

    The use if this electricity produced is used for various purposes directly as in Electrical motors, Fans, Vacuum cleaners, Incandescent lamps, Submersible motors, mono block motors, bed lams , very big motors like pulverising machines etc etc.there are many more that can be added to list.

    So the Electrical engineering Uses Electricity as it is .We is it in our houses for so many items.

    The methodology of production of electricity, its production by different means , production or manufacturing machines that use electricity directly , Electrical measuring instruments like Ammeters, voltmeters , frequency meters, Wattage or Energy meters etc ic all ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING.

    BUT ELECTRONICS ENGINEERING, though it is a child of the Electrical engineering, because of its Enormous size or multifarious uses it is treated or termed as a different Branch.


    electronics pronunciation" ɪ lɛkˈtrɒn ɪks,ˌi lɛk-Show Spelled[ih-lek-tron-iks, ee-lek-]


    ( used with a singular verb ) the science dealing with the development and application of devices and systems involving the flow of electrons in a vacuum, in gaseous media, and in semiconductors

    So the ELECTRONICS deals with development and application of Devises that use ELECTRON FLOW MAINLY as said in gaseous and vacuum and semiconductors media.

    Vacuum tubes, and the Radios or computers that use the vacuum tubes ( in olden times they were used) , the TVs , Computers, Microwave owens, The Electronic Monitoring units in ICUs we see like Pulse monitors, BP monitors, ECG, Encephelograph, X Ray unis , Laser Units etc that use Electrons in some form are all called Electronic EngineeringUnits..

    Computers, its relayted applications like SAP, GRAPHICS,,AND many other applications are included in E;lectronics engineering only but not Electrical engineering.

    That way I understand .

  • 5 years ago


    25+ years ago electronic engineering was a trimmed down electrical engineering degree that focused on small scale electronics.

    Contrary to what these people are claiming in the USA electrical engineering IS the degree and always has been but since the 90's the terms have been synonymous and you can confirm this simply by checking with reputable schools.

    It is virtually impossible to get a degree in modern electronic engineering courses without covering everything involved in the upscaled electrical engineering degree which is why most schools use both terms and make a point of this in all of their documentation provided when you request a course and degree catalog.

    It's not longer possible to send out a college graduate with an electronic engineering degree that can't design and repair 3-phase motors, their controllers and so on and furthermore the engineering techniques are identical regardless of scale you merely use larger figures in your calculations, larger components and larger manufacturing equipment.

    I was naive before I started my degree and believed the hype where electrical engineers mostly deal with large scale devices, systems and machinery.

    Then I talked to a few!

    Total rubbish and my current school titles the degree electrical/electronic but from one syllabus to the next they cover all the same subjects more or less the exact same way right down to seeing the same diagrams used by my previous college all the way across the ocean in England.

    If you want disambiguation a degree in I.T. truly has nothing to do with E. engineering but these nitwits like to imply that it does and they're far better educated than they actually are.

  • 5 years ago

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  • 5 years ago

    Electrical Engineering deal with higher voltage than 24 volts, and is be mainly AC. While electronics is lower than 12 volt and is compulsorily DC ,!!!


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  • 4 years ago

    basically electrical and electronics are interrelated.


    electricity is the flow energy or charge from one place to another. this energy needs an excitation in the form of friction((static electricity) or heat(thermo electricity) or light( solar electricity) or pressure(piezo electricity) or chemical reactions(batteries) or magnetism (motors) etc...

    so.... electrical engineering mainly deals with the excitation given to the charges through natural resources like water, light, coal etc.... which generates power hence electrical engineering is also called as power electronics.

    1. electrical engineering is the pressure or excitation given to the charges (voltage) for the generation of power.

    2. electrical mostly deals with electromechanical systems.

    3. electrical mostly work with the AC circuits.

    4. electrical used in heavy load or power generation and transmission to low power generation and transmission.(11kv to 230 v)

    ( exa: cranes,motors). sources in electrical are conductors( natural resources).

    6. electrical handle only hardware.


    electronics is the science which deals with the flow of electrons after excitation applied to the charges.

    1. electronics engineering is the flow of electrons and holes or positive and negative charges (current) for the transmission of power.

    2. electronics mostly deals with purely electrical systems.

    3. electronics mostly work with the DC circuits.

    4. electronics used in low power generation and transmission.( 230 v)

    ( exa: computers, ic s, pcb s etc...). sources in electronics are semiconductors( silicon).

    6. electronics handle hardware and software.


    Nili siddhartha

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Electrical engineering

    Electrical engineering is a field of engineering that generally deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics and electromagnetism. The field first became an identifiable occupation in the late nineteenth century after commercialization of the electric telegraph and electrical power supply. It now covers a range of subtopics including power, electronics, control systems, signal processing and telecommunications.

    Electrical engineering may include electronic engineering. Where a distinction is made, usually outside of the United States, electrical engineering is considered to deal with the problems associated with large-scale electrical systems such as power transmission and motor control, whereas electronic engineering deals with the study of small-scale electronic systems including computers and integrated circuits. Alternatively, electrical engineers are usually concerned with using electricity to transmit energy, while electronic engineers are concerned with using electricity to process information. More recently, the distinction has become blurred by the growth of power electronics.

    Electronic engineering

    Electronics engineering, also referred to as electronic engineering, is an engineering discipline where non-linear and active electrical components such as electron tubes, and semiconductor devices, especially transistors, diodes and integrated circuits, are utilized to design electronic circuits, devices and systems, typically also including passive electrical components and based on printed circuit boards. The term denotes a broad engineering field that covers important subfields such as analog electronics, digital electronics, consumer electronics, embedded systems and power electronics. Electronics engineering deals with implementation of applications, principles and algorithms developed within many related fields, for example solid-state physics, radio engineering, telecommunications, control systems, signal processing, systems engineering, computer engineering, instrumentation engineering, electric power control, robotics, and many others.


    Electronics Engineering falls roughly into the overall category of electrical engineering.

    Electrical engineering deals with ALL aspects of electrical things, from power generation & transmission, to superconductors. In a nutshell, electrical engineers work on power distribution, electrical controls in factories, motors & their control, transformers, and things like the electrical requirements for a new mall (just to mention a few of the many areas of EE).

    Electronics Engineers deal more with things at the component level, primarily Integrated circuits, signal processing, gadgets like your GPS, and iPOD.

    On board a cruise ship for example, an Electrical engineer would see over the motor generator sets, the power distribution, the computer controls at the 'control' level (steering & propulsion), while an Electronics Engineer would deal with this like troubleshooting an single circuit board and the communications equipment.

    The major difference that distinguishes Electronics Engineering from the broader field of Electrical Engineering is the strength of the electrical currents. The power systems branch of Electrical Engineering focuses on the use of heavy currents and the use of larger and more powerful structures and mechanisms. By contrast, Electronics Engineering deals with the use of electrical components, the design of integrated circuits or control and signal shaping hardware for monitoring devices and sensors. Simply put, electrical engineers can design power distribution for municipalities, large buildings and structures. Electronics engineers design the communications and computer products we use on a daily basis.


    Baby Beauty

  • 10 years ago

    electrical engineering deals with mainly high power like machines ,power systems etc...while that of Electronics deals with low power like ICs gates microprocessor ,electronic devices like BJT,FET etc...

  • 7 years ago

    electrical with power electronics with or without power but with ions

  • 5 years ago

    Basically Electrical is the deals with the flow of electons or electricity and electromagnetism.

    we can say also study with conductor and insulators.

    example Elactical power etc...

    Electonics is deals with flow of electons and holes, electonics is the study of semiconductors.

    example microcontroller, microprocessor and sensors.


    Dev Adhikari

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