Electrical engineering technology is a blend of hands-on and minds-on learning activities focused on solving problems using concepts from science, mathematics, computer science, engineering and technology. Emphasis is placed on applications of current technology to meet the needs of industrial and commercial enterprises employing electrical and electronic systems. The electrical engineering technology program provides students with the knowledge required to design, develop, modify, maintain and repair sophisticated electrical and electronic systems.
Computer/microprocessor interfacing and programming are used extensively to demonstrate flexibility and simplicity in instrumentation design, communication, digital signal processing and controls.
Classical linear systems are presented to provide the student with an understanding of linear active filters, transient analysis, transducer interfacing, linearization, instrumentation, communications and systems control. Students are required to independently design microprocessor microcontroller systems that can be interfaced to the analog world.
The program aims to provide students with a well-rounded education that meets the needs of the commonwealth. Specifically, the goal is to prepare graduates for technically oriented careers related to analog and digital systems with an emphasis in the area of microprocessor technologies. The program integrates teamwork and leadership skills in a blend of theoretical and applied competencies to prepare students for changing technologies and lifelong learning.
The goal of the electrical engineering technology program at California University of Pennsylvania is to provide students with a well-rounded education that meets the needs of the commonwealth. Specifically, the goal is to prepare graduates for technically oriented careers related to analog and digital systems with an emphasis in the area of microprocessor technologies. The program integrates teamwork and leadership skills in a blend of theoretical and applied competencies to prepare students for changing technologies and lifelong learning.
Additionally, the program prepares students to take personal responsibility and to apply the highest professional and ethical standards to their activities in the field and to understand local, national and global issues related to the field.
Educational Program Objectives
The objectives of the EET program are to produce graduates who can:
- Function effectively individually and in team-oriented, open-ended activities with critical thinking to assess and evaluate complex technical and nontechnical problems in an industrial environment;
- Communicate effectively in oral, written, visual and graphical modes in interpersonal and group situations at a level of effectiveness expected by industry employers;
- Remain technically current and adapt to rapidly changing technologies through further formal or informal education;
- Identify and understand professional ethical situations in business, industry and society;
- Function effectively in team-oriented open-ended activities in a corporate environment;
- Blend theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to solve technical problems; and
- Apply microprocessor-based technology to solve technical problems.
By the time of graduation, electrical engineering technology graduates will demonstrate the following:
- The knowledge, skills, techniques and applications of modern tools in the electrical engineering technology discipline;
- The ability to use computers and application software that pertain to electrical engineering technology;
- The ability to use appropriate laboratory and test equipment;
- Technical problem-solving skills, including the ability to identify problems, conduct experiments, gather data, analyze data and produce results;
- The ability to produce written documents; to deliver oral presentations; to develop, prepare and interpret visual information; and to communicate these with a specific audience at a level of effectiveness expected in industry;
- Knowledge of professional, ethical and social responsibilities;
- A respect for diversity and a knowledge of contemporary professional, societal and global issues;
- Effective discipline-related project management and teamwork skills;
- The ability to apply mathematics including transform methods and applied differential equations in support of electrical/electronic systems;
- The application of physics and/or chemistry to electrical/electronic circuits in a rigorous mathematical environment at or above the level of algebra;
- The ability to analyze, design and implement analog and microprocessor systems through a blend of theoretical and practical methods;
- A recognition of the need for and the ability to engage in lifelong learning; and
- The ability to apply creativity in the design of systems, components or processes appropriate to the program objectives.
The associate degree program prepares graduates to install, test, maintain, calibrate and repair electrical and electronic systems. In addition, both programs emphasize computer application skills, computer programming and technical report writing. Associate degree graduates may transfer to the bachelor's degree program with no loss of time or credits.
Employment opportunities for electrical engineering technology graduates are diverse and plentiful. Graduates find challenging positions as engineers, electronic designers, software developers and programmers, network technicians, instrumentation designers, systems technicians, administrators, field representatives, and sales representatives. Other graduates pursue advanced degrees in master's and doctoral programs. Graduates of the program have been experiencing an excellent job market in recent years. During the next three years, the demand is expected to increase.
Accreditation (B.S. in EET)
The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology degree program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology (ABET), www.abet.org. All graduates of this program receive accredited degrees. Seniors and graduates of the programs are eligible to sit for a prelicensing Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam.