One of the challenges as an electrical engineer is the constant learning process. You must keep up with the latest products, revise old concepts, learn new repair techniques, get to know new equipment and more. Engineering is always changing, and one must keep up.
This colossal amount of information is not in one place. Therefore, the crucial task is to find reliable sources for remaining current in your field. Our list provides you with ten of the most interesting and popular YouTube channels and podcasts for electrical engineers.
YouTube: Scullcom Hobby Electronics
Scullcom Hobby Electronics is one of the most underrated channels on YouTube. The channel is relatively new (the oldest videos are two years old), but the site uploads new material regularly.
All videos revolve around electronics applications and how engineers can use small electronic circuits for larger applications. One of the best features of the channel is their commitment to detail and excellence despite the small size of the channel. For example, each design video is over 20 minutes long, and often you will find 30+ minute videos on topics like PCB design and electronic DC loads.
Podcast: The Engineering Commons
The Engineering Commons Podcast is one of the top ten best engineering podcasts for 2017. The episodes on the website go back as far as April 2012, and they have committed to adding new podcasts twice a month in 2017.
The podcasts cover a vast array of engineering topics ranging from practical electrical grids to design processes, and from technical writing for engineering to the scope of augmented realities in the foreseeable future.
The team consists of many engineers and professionals with decades of experience in the field, research and development. While they discuss specific engineering topics applicable to mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering, the podcasts are simple enough to be enjoyed by all engineers.
Simply put, if you, like most engineers, are very curious, this is the channel for you. The electron update team selects a popular product or electrical equipment and breaks it down.
Many electrical engineers often want to understand details concerning what components manufacturers use in many everyday products like audio amplifiers, battery chargers, solar equipment and sometimes even computer graphics cards. Don’t worry! Electron update breaks it all down for you.
Podcast: omega tau
If you are looking for more technical details and in-depth conversations about the latest news in electrical engineering, omega tau is the podcast for you. Compared to a lot of other podcasts, the omega tau team does not shy away from the technicality in their episodes. This makes them very interesting and captivating if their current topic matches your field of interest.
Nevertheless, each podcast covers a range of electrical engineering topics and regularly features guest speakers and interviews. The hosts are generous enough to do their best to make the interview as listener-friendly as possible. Their recent podcasts cover topics from space engineering, spectrometers, bio-inspired systems, batteries and electric propulsion. Podcasts are available in German and English.
EEVblog is a particularly interesting YouTube channel for both students of electrical engineering and professionals in the field. The Australian electronics design engineer, David L. Jones, hosts this huge engineering channel with 430,000 and counting subscribers. It is one of the largest engineering channels on the web.
A recurring theme in the videos is Jones finding old or obsolete electrical equipment and fixing it. The repair of these old electronics and refurbishing electrical equipment is fascinating for young engineers. Many of these so-called obsolete electrical parts can be sold and reused for numerous applications, and Jones highlights this important component of the engineering community.
Podcast: The Discovery Files
The Discovery Files is an initiative by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Each podcast discusses a project that is funded by the NSF and therefore is oriented mostly toward research and new advances in engineering. The podcasts are a bit on the lighter side to appeal to a broad audience. Nevertheless, the funded projects are often engineering related, and it is always interesting to find out where the research funds are going.
One of the fascinating episodes covered Flea Circuits in January 2017. The idea was to create small attachable circuits that could be integrated into our daily activities. One example: an electronic circuit that would be pasted to a coffee cup to give an accurate measurement of temperature so that you know just the exact moment to take a sip at the perfect temperature.
YouTube: Mr. Carlson’s Lab
Our next pick is Mr. Carlson’s Lab channel. This amazing channel deals with troubleshooting and repair of electrical equipment. The videos are interesting and detailed about topics like power supply repair, refurbishing old circuit breakers, repairing oscilloscopes and other obsolete electrical equipment.
Occasionally a lecture styled video is uploaded to explain the electrical engineering fundamentals in upcoming videos.
Podcast: How Do You Engineer?
How Do You Engineer is another great podcast for electrical engineers. Each episode brings a mysterious lesser-known idea or research topic to the listeners. The team finds an interesting theme or question to investigate and present multiple views on.
The topics range from being technical and research oriented to motivational and career based, as well. The podcast on how tech companies continue to innovate is interesting to all engineers and scientists. Similarly, one of the intriguing episodes discusses the late nights and challenges of an engineering career and how someone would change paths.
YouTube: Khan Academy Electrical Engineering
Our last YouTube choice is the electrical engineering session of Khan Academy. The channel and the organization are tailored for teaching electrical engineering students. With over three million subscribers on their main channel, Khan Academy is one of the largest educational YouTube channels.
Their electrical engineering videos explain concepts as basic as Ohm’s law and circuit analysis. The channel also features more intricate videos on how to do reverse engineering and creating design ideas or solutions from exploring the way existing things work.
Embedded.fm is one of the more comprehensive and detailed podcasts in our selection.
Although the name implies focus on embedded engineering and electronics, their episodes cover a vast range of other disciplines in electrical engineering. The team consists of computer scientists and embedded software engineers.
Their episodes in 2017 cover topics from satellites and their navigation to the creation of soft robots and intelligent devices. Embedded.fm features longer podcasts that delve into the depths of their topic. The podcast is interesting for electrical engineers particularly focused on programming and embedded software engineering.
Podcast: EETimes On Air
Our final pick is EETimes On Air. It offers a thirty-minute deep-dive into the most compelling stories in electronics. Featuring subject matter experts from around the industry, EETimes On Air lends elevated discourse to design engineers and tech industry professionals.
Each episode of EETimes On Air explore IoT’s impact on society (retail, cities) and infrastructure (smart grid), from the electrical engineering and technologist perspective through interviews with industry professional from companies such as Intel or the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The second half of each episode is usually dedicated to something quirkier like the nature of creativity and analytics in musical improve, or neurodiversity in the workplace.
This is a guest article by Carl Babb, a retired Electrical Engineer from Massachusetts who blogs about the Industry for Relectric.com. He is passionate about Green Energy and Building practices. Now retired he enjoys writing, spending time with his grandchildren, and staying current (pun intended). For more from Carl visit the Relectric Blog.