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Electrical Engineering
The Academy’s Electrical Engineering program prepares cadets to be leaders in developing, evaluating and implementing new technologies. The program provides a solid foundation for service as a Coast Guard Officer, an understanding of a systems approach and fluency with computers.

As an Electrical Engineering major at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, you will build on a solid foundation of mathematics and science while emphasizing analysis, design and applications of linear and digital systems. Cadets follow one of two concentrations, Systems or Computers. The Systems concentration allow cadets to explore digital communications, antennas and other systems and the Computer concentration focuses on software design, databases and computer networks.

By the time you graduate, you will have gained the skills and concepts needed to succeed as a Coast Guard project engineer and project manager. Each cadet participates in a hands-on capstone design project working as a student engineer in a small project team confronted with real-world engineering problems that require formal resolution with no predetermined outcome.

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Graduates of the Electrical Engineering (EE) program can go on to a wide variety of Coast Guard (CG) jobs to include a career within one of the Command, Control, Communications, Computer, and Information Technology (C4IT) specialties. These specialties include Information Systems Management, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and Communications Management. Graduates holding positions within these specialties could be working at one of the Coast Guards four Centers Of Excellence (COE):

  • Command, Control and Communications Eng Center (C3CEN)
  • Telecommunications & Information Systems Command (TISCOM)
  • Operational Service Center (OSC)
  • Research & Development Center (RDC)

Graduates at these COEs would be managing and engineering critical Coast Guard C4IT fleet-wide infrastructure and assisting to keep pace with changing technology. Graduates may also have the opportunity to serve at CG Headquarters as a C4IT Program Manager or at one of the Cyber Commands.

EE graduates also have the chance to pursue an aviation or operational (afloat) career path where they would become a pilot or a CG cutterman.

EE graduates also have several opportunities for advanced education to include Information Technology Management (ITM), Information Assurance (Cyber Security), Computer, Communications and Electrical Engineering (CCEE), and Chief Information Officer (CIO) Senior Service School.

The Academy’s Electrical Engineering program is accredited by ABET (, the premier U.S. engineering accreditation agency, which accredits over 3,100 programs in more than 20 countries. The program is delivered by a dynamic faculty team led by CDR Joseph Staier.

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