Degree: Associate in Applied Science
HEGIS Code: 5310
Curriculum Code: 0699
Campus Location: North
Engineering & Technologies Division
Pre-Admission Recommendations: Math I, Math II, Math III
Recommended H.S. Courses and/or Experiences: Physics, Computer Skills
Career Opportunities/Further Education: Electronics, Computers, Communications, Instrumentation, Automation and Power; or Transfer to a four-year college BTech or BS program in Electrical Engineering Technology or related field.
The Electrical Engineering Technology Program has enjoyed more than 50 years of service to the local community. It is the only AAS degree-granting electronics program in Western New York that offers Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission/Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (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.
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
Graduates of the Electrical Engineering Technology Program may be ready to pursue certifications from a number of organizations depending on technical elective choices:
International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians (ISCET): www.iscet.org
Electronics Technicians Association International: www.eta-i.org
North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP): www.nabcep.org
International Association for Radio, Telecommunications and Electromagnetics (iNARTE): www.narte.org
Federal Communications Commission (FCC):
Departmental scholarships are awarded depending on the corporate and professional society grants that are received.
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.
- function effectively as a member of a technical team.
Total Degree Credits: 64.0