The major of Electrical Engineering and Automation of HIT was established in 1952. As one of the earliest similar majors in China, its predecessor was the original Department of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering founded in 1920. Focusing on technologies of key interest to China such as intelligent manufacturing, clean energy, smart cities, and to promote cross-disciplinary integration, majors of "Building Electricity and Intelligence" and “Internet of Energy” were established in 2011 and 2019, respectively. Forging ahead in the past hundred years, the school has become a cradle of top innovative talents who are leading the future technological and industrial development in the field of electrical engineering.
The school has formed an excellent teaching tradition and maintains its distinctive advantage in terms of the impact and popularity of its teaching staff, , courses, textbooks, and research outcomes. The teaching faculty includes two National Distinguished Teachers and two National Teaching Teams, who have offered 4 national-level quality courses, 4 national-level quality resource-sharing courses and 6 national-level quality online open courses. The school also produced 20 textbooks shortlisted for publication by the MOE of China during the 11th and 12th five-year plans. Since the “12th five-year plan”, 2 national teaching achievement awards and 11 provincial teaching achievement awards have been conferred to faculty members of the school.
Within the school’s profound background in education is the its long-term commitment to cultivating the students’ practical engineering skills and talent for innovation. The school pursues the goal of building the students’ competence in innovation and practice, relying on its high-level international practical teaching platforms such as the National Demonstration Center for Teaching with Experiments in Electrical and Electronic Engineering , SANY National Engineering Practice Education Center and other high-level international practical teaching platforms to construct curricular modules consolidated through project-based learning, which offer students systematic experiences in practice and innovation characterized by learner autonomy, individualization and a research orientation. Our students have been honored with a total of 118 awards in completions at provincial, ministerial or higher levels in the past 3 years. In the recent 5 years, the school was ranked the 4th in terms of the 5-year overall score in the National College Student Smart Car Competition.
Currently, the number of full-time students of the school remains stable at around 1,900, including 1187 undergraduates, 393 master's students, 264 doctoral students, 57 part-time engineering masters and 17 engineering doctoral students. In 2019, the school carried out undergraduate enrollment in the main category of Engineering (Aerospace and Automation) with the students dispatched into specific major programs in the summer semester of 2020.