The Difference between Electrical and Electronic Technology
People often find it hard to define the difference between electrical and electronic technology. While electrical technology focuses on the design and production of high-voltage systems, electronic technology is mostly involved in low-voltage applications in which the flow of electrons takes place through semiconductors, rather than conductors or metals.
Speaking in terms of engineering, electronic engineering is actually a sub-field of electrical engineering, dealing with the fields of information, communication, and electronic components. By contrast, electrical engineering focuses on larger-scale schemes, power and control systems, robotics, manufacturing processes, etc. Electronic engineers are mostly involved in the design and monitoring of integrated circuits and electronic components (transistors, diodes, etc.) for a variety of applications such as televisions, computers, mobile phones, radios, DVD, MP3 players, and many others.
The design of an electrical system, most of the time, entails the use of electronic components, and this fact makes people use the terms “electrical” and “electronic” technology interchangeably. Both disciplines however, do require knowledge of mathematics and science and rely on the same engineering principles and same analytical skills to provide their high-performance products and services.