Electronic engineering

Thomas came from Angola to study Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Exeter College. He hopes to use the skills gained from the course to make a difference and help people.

Thomas enjoys studying at Exeter; he finds the staff very helpful and there is good access to resources and materials. After the course he will be a qualified technician, there is the possibility to become an engineer through further study at University or through an apprenticeship. Thomas hopes to move into water engineering in order to help Africa’s water scarcity issues and his course in Electrical and Electronic Engineering will provide a sound basis for this.

In this clip Thomas talks about his studies and is shown creating circuit boards.

With thanks to: Exeter College  Additional footage by kind permission of WaterAid

Curriculum topics:

  • Electric circuits with resistors and diodes
  • Transistor as a switch

Also in this film:

  • British qualifications for working abroad
  • Making an impact in the world
  • An apprenticeship leading to a university course

Suggested practicals:

I/V characteristic of a semiconductor diode
I/V characteristic of a carbon resistor
Tom uses resistors, LDRs and an LED in his circuit. Investigate how the current through a component depends on the voltage across it.

A transistor as a current amplifier
Tom also uses a transistor as a switch in his automatic lighting circuit. Find out how to control the current through a transistor.