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Ten Essential Skills for Electrical Engineers

Book Description

Engineers know that, as in any other discipline, getting a good job requires practical, up-to-date skills. An engineering degree provides a broad set of fundamentals. Ten Essential Skills applies those fundamentals to practical tasks required by employers. Written in a user-friendly, no-nonsense format, the book reviews practical skills using the latest tools and techniques, and features a companion website with interview practice problems and advanced material for readers wishing to pursue additional skills. With this book, aspiring and current engineers may approach job interviews confident in their grasp of the engineering skills that their employers seek.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Preface
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. About the Author
  8. About the Reviewers
  9. Note to Instructors
    1. ONE SEMESTER COURSE
    2. ONE-QUARTER COURSE
  10. 1: How to Design Resistive Circuits
    1. 1.1 DESIGN OF A RESISTIVE THEVENIN SOURCE
    2. 1.2 DESIGN OF A COUPLING CIRCUIT
    3. 1.3 DESIGN OF A PI ATTENUATOR
    4. PROBLEMS
    5. REFERENCES
  11. 2: How to Prevent a Power Transistor From Overheating
    1. 2.1 ELECTRICAL MODEL FOR HEAT TRANSFER
    2. 2.2 USING MANUFACTURER’S DATA FOR THERMAL ANALYSIS
    3. 2.3 FORCED-AIR COOLING
    4. 2.4 DYNAMIC RESPONSE OF A THERMAL SYSTEM
    5. PROBLEMS
    6. REFERENCE
  12. 3: How to Analyze a Circuit
    1. 3.1 FREQUENCY RESPONSE OF A TRANSFER FUNCTION
    2. 3.2 FREQUENCY RESPONSE AND IMPEDANCE OF SIMPLE CIRCUITS
    3. 3.3 FREQUENCY RESPONSE FOR LADDER NETWORKS
    4. 3.4 GENERALIZED TECHNIQUE FOR DETERMINING FREQUENCY RESPONSE
    5. PROBLEMS
    6. REFERENCES
  13. 4: How to Use Statistics to Ensure a Manufacturable Design
    1. 4.1 INDEPENDENT COMPONENT FAILURES
    2. 4.2 USING THE GAUSSIAN DISTRIBUTION
    3. 4.3 SETTING A MANUFACTURING TEST LIMIT
    4. 4.4 PROCURING A CUSTOM COMPONENT
    5. PROBLEMS
    6. REFERENCES
  14. 5: How to Design a Feedback Control System
    1. 5.1 INTUITIVE DESCRIPTION OF A CONTROL SYSTEM
    2. 5.2 REVIEW OF CONTROL SYSTEM OPERATION
    3. 5.3 PERFORMANCE OF CONTROL SYSTEMS
    4. 5.4 FIRST-ORDER CONTROL SYSTEM DESIGN
    5. 5.5 SECOND-ORDER CONTROL SYSTEM DESIGN
    6. 5.6 CIRCUIT REALIZATION OF A SECOND-ORDER CONTROL SYSTEM
    7. 5.7 FIRST-ORDER DISCRETE CONTROL SYSTEM
    8. PROBLEMS
    9. REFERENCES
  15. 6: How to Work with OP-AMP Circuits
    1. 6.1 THE IDEAL OP-AMP
    2. 6.2 PRACTICAL OP-AMPS
    3. PROBLEMS
    4. REFERENCES
  16. 7: How to Design Analog Filters
    1. 7.1 PASSIVE VERSUS ACTIVE FILTERS
    2. 7.2 THE LOWPASS RC FILTER
    3. 7.3 FILTER RESPONSE CHARACTERISTICS
    4. 7.4 SPECIFICATION OF FILTER TYPE
    5. 7.5 GENERALIZED FILTER DESIGN PROCEDURE
    6. 7.6 DESIGN OF ACTIVE LOWPASS FILTERS
    7. 7.7 DESIGN OF PASSIVE RF FILTERS
    8. PROBLEMS
    9. REFERENCES
  17. 8: How to Design Digital Filters
    1. 8.1 REVIEW OF SAMPLING
    2. 8.2 USING THE Z-TRANSFORM TO DETERMINE THE TRANSFER FUNCTION AND FREQUENCY RESPONSE OF DIGITAL FILTERS
    3. 8.3 FIR AND IIR DIGITAL FILTERS
    4. 8.4 DESIGN OF SIMPLE AND PRACTICAL DIGITAL FILTERS
    5. PROBLEMS
    6. REFERENCES
  18. 9: How to Work with RF Signals
    1. 9.1 ENERGY TRANSFER
    2. 9.2 SIGNAL REFLECTIONS
    3. 9.3 EFFECT OF SIGNAL REFLECTIONS ON DIGITAL SIGNALS
    4. 9.4 EFFECT OF SIGNAL REFLECTIONS ON NARROWBAND SIGNALS
    5. 9.5 THE SMITH CHART
    6. 9.6 USING THE SMITH CHART TO DISPLAY IMPEDANCE VERSUS FREQUENCY
    7. 9.7 FINAL COMMENTS REGARDING THE SMITH CHART
    8. PROBLEMS
    9. REFERENCES
  19. 10: Getting a Job—Keeping a Job—Enjoying Your Work
    1. 10.1 GETTING A JOB
    2. 10.2 KEEPING A JOB
    3. 10.3 ENJOYING YOUR WORK
  20. Afterword
  21. Answers to Problems
  22. Index