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Electrical Engineering Technology

Electrical Engineering Technology

The Electrical Engineering Technology Program has enjoyed more than 50 years of service to the local community. It is the only A.A.S. degree-granting electronics program in Western New York that offers ETAC/ABET accreditation. This program prepares students for entry-level skills as technicians in the fields of electronics, computers, communications, instrumentation, automation and power. It also provides the basis for transferring to a four-year engineering technology program.

Faculty meet the highest standard of academic excellence for technician education. Their credentials include graduate degrees in engineering or a related field, along with professional engineering experiences that enrich the classroom presentation. A close liaison between the faculty and their industrial advisory council ensures that the curriculum content prepares the graduate for entry into the local job market.

The objectives of the Electrical Engineering Technology Program are to:

  • obtain employment as a technician in fields of engineering such as design, research, development, applications, testing, manufacturing, processing, safety, quality, and technical sales or service;
  • achieve positions of increased responsibility (technical and/or supervisory) within an organization; and 
  • progress through advanced degree or certificate programs or participate in continuing education in engineering, business, and/or other professionally related fields.

Students are presented a solid foundation in electrical and electronics theory along with hands-on laboratory experience. Computer simulation and applications are an integral part of the curriculum.

Although the program adheres to rigorous academic standards, students whose high school experience is deficient are offered remedial courses. Faculty consultation, tutoring and schedule adjustments are also available for students.

Graduates find employment in electronics, utility industries and other fields requiring electrical and electronics technicians. Our graduates may select from a variety of job types including electronic repair, prototyping, testing, field service, industrial sales, maintenance, customer support and technical writing. Many students also continue their education at a four-year school directly after graduation.

Program Competencies

Upon graduation with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology, the graduate will be qualified in dealing with the following items and their associated tasks:

  • interpret electrical and electronics schematics using ANSI standard symbols;
  • construct an analog or digital circuit, including fabrication, given its schematics; recognize electronic devices and their coded values;
  • understand and apply electrical, electronic, and logic principles, concepts, laws, and rules, to the analysis of circuit and/or system operation and failure determination;
  • demonstrate the ability to use electrical and electronic instruments to perform standard tests, measurements, and tasks;
  • use industry standard computer applications (such as Multisim, PLC software, microcontroller IDE);
  • use a variety of sources to acquire and critically evaluate needed technical information, and use it in an ethical, professional and legal manner;
  • communicate technical information through well written reports, graphical forms, and oral and visual presentations; and
  • function effectively as a member of a technical team.

Accreditations

The Electrical Engineering Technology curriculum is fully accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET, 415 N. Charles Street,  Baltimore, MD 21201; (410) 347-7700 ; e-mail: accreditation@ABET.org; website: www.abet.org.

Certifications/Licensure

Graduates of the Electrical Engineering Technology Program may be ready to pursue certifications from a number of organizations depending on technical elective choices:

Scholarships

Departmental scholarships are awarded depending on the corporate and professional society grants that are received.

Curriculum

Total Degree Credits: 64.0

Full-Time Students, Two-year Sequence

First Year, Fall Semester
EL 116 - Digital Fundamentals Credit Hours: 2
EL 117 - Lab for EL 116 Credit Hours: 1
EL 118 - Electrical Circuits I Credit Hours: 2  
EN 110 - College Composition Credit Hours: 3
MT 125 - College Mathematics Credit Hours: 4 
PH 260 - Technical Physics I Credit Hours: 3
PH 261 - Lab for PH 260 Credit Hours: 1

First Year, Spring Semester
EL 154 - Electronics I Credit Hours: 3
EL 155 - Lab for EL 154 Credit Hours: 1
EL 158 - Electrical Circuits II Credit Hours: 3
EL 159 - Lab for EL 158 Credit Hours: 1
EL 162 - Digital Systems Credit Hours: 2
EL 163 - Lab for EL 162 Credit Hours: 1
EL 223 - Electronic Fabrication Credit Hours: 1
MT 126 - College Mathematics II Credit Hours: 4

Second Year, Fall Semester
EL 123 - Electronic Circuit Simulation Credit Hours: 1
EL 202 - Electrical Circuits III Credit Hours: 3
EL 203 - Lab for EL202 Credit Hours: 1
EL 214 - Electronics II Credit Hours: 3
EL 217 - Lab for EL 214 Credit Hours: 1
EL 260 - Programmable Logic Controllers Credit Hours: 3
MT 175 - Survey of Calculus I Credit Hours: 4 or 
PH 262 - Technical Physics II Credit Hours: 3
PH 263 - Lab for PH 262 Credit Hours: 1

Second Year, Spring Semester
EL 210 - Microcontrollers Credit Hours: 3
EL ___ - Technical Elective with Laboratory Credit Hours: 4*
EL ___ - Technical Elective (with or without a laboratory) Credit Hours: 3-4
EL ___ - Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3
Social Science or Humanities Elective Credit Hours: 3

* The following course combinations meet the requirement of a technical elective with laboratory: EL206/207, EL 250/253, EL 258/259 and EL264/267.

Technical Electives

  • EL 206 - Machines and Control Credit Hours:3
  • EL 207 - Lab for EL 206 Credit Hours:1.5
  • EL 250 - Electronic Communications Credit Hours:3
  • EL 253 - Lab for EL 250 Credit Hours:1
  • EL 258 - Semiconductor Fabrication Credit Hours:3
  • EL 259 - Lab for EL 258 Credit Hours:1
  • EL 262 - Renewable Energy in Electric Power Systems Credit Hours:3
  • EL 264 - Photovoltaic Systems Credit Hours:3
  • EL 267 - Lab for EL 264 Credit Hours:1
  • EL 268 - Wind Power Credit Hours:4
  • EL 272 - Advanced PLCs and Automation Credit Hours:3
  • EL 274 - Internship Credit Hours:3
  • MT 176 - Survey of Calculus II Credit Hours:4

Extended Program Sequence

Students who score poorly on the Math and/or English placement tests may need to take several developmental Math and/or English courses. If a student's math placement test score falls below degree level, he or she may take longer than two years to complete the program due to required pre-requisites for Math, Physics and Electrical Engineering Technology courses.

Students who require developmental Math and/or English need to see an adviser to plan a proper course sequence.

Part-Time Students

Part-time students should consult with an academic adviser to plan their course of study. It is important that courses be taken in the proper order to assure all pre-requisites are completed for each successive semester.

Evening Students

Evening courses are scheduled sporadically depending on student demand, and it may not be possible to complete the degree solely in the evening. Contact the department for advisement before attempting to start the program.

Courses for non-EET Majors

The following courses are offered by the Electrical Engineering Technology department for the general student population or for students that may want to acquire specific skills.

  • EL 101 - Residential Wiring Credit Hours: 3
  • EL 102 - Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems Credit Hours: 3
  • NS 100 - Introduction to Nanotechnology Credit Hours: 3 

Available At:

North Campus

Recommended H.S. Courses and/or Experiences:

Physics
Computer Skills

Pre-Admission Recommendations:

Math I
Math II
Math III

Career Opportunities/Further Education:

Electronics, Computers, Communications, Instrumentation, Automation and Power Firms
Transfer to Four-year College

Hegis Code:

5310

Curriculum Code:

0699.EET

Division:

Engineering & Technologies
Electrical Engineering Tech

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Electrical Engineering Technology

Elena Brewer
North Campus
Room B102C
6205 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
P: (716) 851-1566