Ten Essential Skills for Electrical Engineers by Barry L. Dorr

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Ten Essential Skills for Electrical Engineers by Barry L. Dorr


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Introduction

The book is a review of essential skills that an entry-level or experienced engineer must be able to demonstrate on a job interview and perform when hired. It will help engineers prepare for interviews by demonstrating the application of basic principles to practical problems. Hiring managers will find the book useful because it defines a common ground between the student’s academic background and the company’s product or technology-specific needs, thereby allowing managers to minimize their risk when making hiring decisions.

Ten Essential Skills contains a series of “How to” chapters. Each chapter realizes a goal, such as designing an active filter or designing a discrete servo. The primary value of these chapters, however, is that they apply engineering fundamentals to practical problems. The book is a handy reference for engineers in their first years on the job.

  • Enables recent graduates in engineering to succeed in challenging technical interviews
  • Written in an intuitive, easy-to-follow style for the benefit of busy students and employers
  • The book focuses on the intersection between company-specific knowledge and engineering fundamentals
  • The companion website includes interview practice problems and advanced material

1: How to Design Resistive Circuits

1.1 DESIGN OF A RESISTIVE THEVENIN SOURCE

1.2 DESIGN OF A COUPLING CIRCUIT

1.3 DESIGN OF A PI ATTENUATOR

PROBLEMS

REFERENCES

 2: How to Prevent a Power Transistor From Overheating

2.1 ELECTRICAL MODEL FOR HEAT TRANSFER

2.2 USING MANUFACTURER’S DATA FOR THERMAL

ANALYSIS

2.3 FORCED-AIR COOLING

2.4 DYNAMIC RESPONSE OF A THERMAL SYSTEM

PROBLEMS

REFERENCE

 3: How to Analyze a Circuit

3.1 FREQUENCY RESPONSE OF A TRANSFER

FUNCTION

3.2 FREQUENCY RESPONSE AND IMPEDANCE OF

SIMPLE CIRCUITS

3.3 FREQUENCY RESPONSE FOR LADDER

NETWORKS

3.4 GENERALIZED TECHNIQUE FOR DETERMINING

FREQUENCY RESPONSE

PROBLEMS

REFERENCES

 4: How to Use Statistics to Ensure a Manufacturable Design

4.1 INDEPENDENT COMPONENT FAILURES

4.2 USING THE GAUSSIAN DISTRIBUTION

4.3 SETTING A MANUFACTURING TEST LIMIT

4.4 PROCURING A CUSTOM COMPONENT

PROBLEMS

REFERENCES

 5: How to Design a Feedback Control System

5.1 INTUITIVE DESCRIPTION OF A CONTROL SYSTEM

5.2 REVIEW OF CONTROL SYSTEM OPERATION

5.3 PERFORMANCE OF CONTROL SYSTEMS

5.4 FIRST-ORDER CONTROL SYSTEM DESIGN

5.5 SECOND-ORDER CONTROL SYSTEM DESIGN

5.6 CIRCUIT REALIZATION OF A SECOND-ORDER

CONTROL SYSTEM

5.7 FIRST-ORDER DISCRETE CONTROL SYSTEM

PROBLEMS

REFERENCES

 6: How to Work with OP-AMP Circuits

6.1 THE IDEAL OP-AMP

6.2 PRACTICAL OP-AMPS

PROBLEMS

REFERENCES

 7: How to Design Analog Filters

7.1 PASSIVE VERSUS ACTIVE FILTERS

7.2 THE LOWPASS RC FILTER

7.3 FILTER RESPONSE CHARACTERISTICS

7.4 SPECIFICATION OF FILTER TYPE

7.5 GENERALIZED FILTER DESIGN PROCEDURE

7.6 DESIGN OF ACTIVE LOWPASS FILTERS

7.7 DESIGN OF PASSIVE RF FILTERS

PROBLEMS

REFERENCES

 8: How to Design Digital Filters

8.1 REVIEW OF SAMPLING

8.2 USING THE Z-TRANSFORM TO DETERMINE THE

TRANSFER FUNCTION AND FREQUENCY RESPONSE

OF DIGITAL FILTERS

8.3 FIR AND IIR DIGITAL FILTERS

8.4 DESIGN OF SIMPLE AND PRACTICAL DIGITAL

FILTERS

PROBLEMS

REFERENCES

 9: How to Work with RF Signals

9.1 ENERGY TRANSFER

9.2 SIGNAL REFLECTIONS

9.3 EFFECT OF SIGNAL REFLECTIONS ON DIGITAL

SIGNALS

9.4 EFFECT OF SIGNAL REFLECTIONS ON

NARROWBAND SIGNALS

9.5 THE SMITH CHART

9.6 USING THE SMITH CHART TO DISPLAY

IMPEDANCE VERSUS FREQUENCY

9.7 FINAL COMMENTS REGARDING THE SMITH

CHART

PROBLEMS

REFERENCES

 10: Getting a Job—Keeping a Job—Enjoying Your Work

10.1 GETTING A JOB

10.2 KEEPING A JOB

10.3 ENJOYING YOUR WORK

Afterword

Answers to Problems

Index

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