Degree: Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Accreditation: The Electrical Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE), 3801 Lake Boone Trail Suite 190, Raleigh, NC 27607, (919) 635-8335, www.atmae.org.
Program description. The Electrical Engineering Technology program is designed to train students to function effectively as assistants to electrical engineers or independently as electrical/electronics technicians, automation or maintenance technicians. Students have the opportunity to earn a degree in a cross-disciplinary environment that reflects industry trends. The program employs instructors with years of practical experience and is guided by working professionals. This program allows students to focus their study on a specific area: automation or electrical.
Automated Industrial Systems Option: The Automated Industrial Systems option is designed to prepare students for a future in modern manufacturing control systems with courses related to the design, application, and maintenance of industrial process controls, robotics, and automated manufacturing systems. Emphasis is placed on developing knowledge and skills in electrical and electronic circuits, AC and DC motors, robotics, motion control, instrumentation, data acquisition, programmable logic and computer-based controllers, and fluid power applications. In addition, courses place emphasis on safety, teamwork, communications skills and efficient work practices. Typical job opportunities include instrumentation technician, automation technician, installation and service technician, engineering assistant, production assistant, maintenance technician.
Electrical Engineering Technology Option: The Electrical Engineering Technology option is designed to train students to function effectively as assistants to electrical engineers or independently as electrical/electronics technicians. The curriculum prepares electrical engineering technicians to translate the engineer’s designs into systems and projects, collect and analyze data, develop design layouts, inspect work, check and repair equipment, and prepare reports for the engineering team. Typical job opportunities include associate engineering technician, communications technician, computer technician, electronics technician, industrial electronics technician, instrument technician, manufacturing technician, plant technician, service technician, systems application technician
Program goals. Upon completion of the Electrical Engineering Technology program, the graduate will have developed the skills, knowledge and abilities to accomplish the following:
- Apply basic engineering theories and concepts creatively to analyze and solve technical problems.
- Utilize with a high degree of knowledge and skill equipment, instruments, software, and technical reference materials currently used in industry.
- Communicate effectively using well-developed writing, speaking and graphics skills.
- Assimilate and practice the concepts and principles of working in a team environment.
- Obtain employment within the discipline or matriculate to a four-year program in engineering or industrial technology.
Program competencies. Upon completion of the Electrical Engineering Technology program, the graduate will have developed the skills, knowledge and abilities to accomplish the following:
A. Apply the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of the program of study to specifically defined engineering technology activities.
B. Demonstrate knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering and technology by applying it to electrical engineering technology problems using developed practical knowledge.
C. Conduct and report the results of standard tests and measurements, and conduct, analyze, and interpret experiment or project results.
D. Function effectively as a member of a technical team.
E. Identify, analyze and solve specifically defined electrical engineering technology-based problems.
F. Employ written, oral and visual communication in a technical environment.
Contact(s): Engineering and Media Technologies Department, (865) 694-6483, or program coordinator, (865) 694-6497