Electrical Engineering Foundations

Graduates from UW Bothell are near the Seattle engineering and technology sector, ready to join the growing workforce of skilled professionals and make an impact at local startups and major employers.

Many graduate certificate alumni have a STEM background and are looking for a professional electrical engineering credential to move up in their careers, go onto master’s degree studies, or refresh their skills. Alumni work at various companies and go on to work in many different roles.


  • Boeing
  • GE Aviation
  • Honeywell Aerospace
  • Microsoft
  • SAP Concur
  • Raytheon
  • Allen Institute for Brain Science
  • NanoString Technologies
  • NEXT Biometrics
  • Strategic Robotic Systems
  • Solta Medical
  • Monsoon Solutions
  • Robodub
  • Access Laser
  • Redwood Software
  • Korry Electronics

Job titles

  • RF Hardware Design Engineer
  • Electromagnetic Effects Engineer
  • Tooling and Equipment Engineer
  • Hardware and Firmware Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Vice President of Engineering
  • Radar Analyst
  • Compliance Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Systems and Simulations Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Quality Control Engineer
  • CCS Systems Engineer
  • Production Engineering Technician
  • Field Scientist

Electrical and Electronics Engineers job growth is expected for companies who utilize the expertise of engineers for key roles in developing sophisticated consumer electronics, solar arrays, semiconductors, and communications technologies.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Fast facts on graduates

  • 65% of our students attend the program in preparation for the MSEE degree at UW Bothell
  • 88.2% of graduates plan to earn a master’s degree, 11.8% a doctoral degree
  • Program Relevance to current employment is relatively evenly split between those whose work directly relates (slightly more graduates) and those whose work somewhat relates to their graduate certificate education
  • $11,000 is the average bonus received after completing the certificate program (of those that reported receiving a bonus)
  • 100% of our graduates are employed full time or attending graduate school
  • 82% of our graduates are employed in Washington state
  • 100% of our graduates highly recommend or recommend UW Bothell

Alumni stories

Hear from graduates about what inspired them to choose the graduate certificate program, their student experience, advice for future students, current job in industry, and how the program prepared and supported their career goals.

Meet Jennifer Kolar

View Jennifer’s Q&A

Job: Vice President of Engineering at Monsoon Solutions

Background: Been working in electrical engineering since the early ’90’s and was looking for a program to help expand what she was doing with power integrity engineering analysis.

Advice for future students: Know that the program is time consuming. Try to get your employer on board with you spending part of your work time on the program. Faculty are really encouraging and want you to get the most out of the material.

Meet Josh Devine

View Josh’s Q&A

Job: Hardware and Firmware Engineer at Robodub

Background: Mechanical engineering major who was interested in mechatronics and control theory who wanted to pursue a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering.

Advice for future students: Put in the time, effort, and stay on top of the work in the program. Also, ask questions. Seek out help from peers and professors if you need it.

Meet Paul Marsh

View Paul’s Q&A

Job: Doctoral student studying electrical engineering

Background: Interested in developing skills in terms of in-situ sensing for both my professional work as a data engineer for motorsports teams and for a desired future career in environmental sensing.

Advice for future students: Continuously reevaluate your goals. Frame your current work as a means to an end to maintain motivation and plan for the future, but don’t forget to live in the moment!

With average salaries of $118,890 in Washington state, students attending school at the University of Washington Bothell are in one of the top five paying states and the highest concentration of jobs for Electrical Engineers.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

In the news

UW Bothell Graduate Certificate Programs Make a Difference in the Lives of Women in Engineering

11/09/2020 – Jennifer Kolar had more than 20 years of engineering experience but wanted to enhance her skills; Kelsey Stemm was looking to make a career pivot from human embryology to software engineering. Jennifer’s desire to add to her toolset and Kelsey’s career change led them in the same direction: graduate certificates at the UW Bothell School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics. Read the Society of Women in Engineering blog post on Jennifer and Kelsey.

Career resources

STEM graduate students have the support of an in-house STEM graduate career counselor, specialized and dedicated to helping students in these programs find the job of their dreams.

The career counselor, in partnership with the UW Bothell Career Services, works with students throughout their academics and into their professional careers, engages with employers to bring recruitment and professional development to our students, and hosts workshops for students to develop the career resources they need to prepare to apply for jobs.

Learn more about STEM Graduate Career Resources and employer engagement