About this course
The program prepares electronic engineering technicians to design, build, troubleshoot, repair, maintain, and program electrical and electronic equipment for business, industry, and government. Students work in modern labs using test & measurement, diagnostic, and controls equipment manufactured by companies such as Tektronix, Agilent, and Allen-Bradley. Students learn to use digital and analog oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, spectrum analyzers (telecommunications), network cable analyzers (networked computer systems), and programmable logic controllers (PLCs).
The curriculum builds from the basics of DC and AC circuit analysis, electronic devices, and digital signal processing through more advanced course work in electronic amplifiers, industrial instrumentation, microprocessor interfacing, PLC wiring and programming, motors and controls, designing and installing networked computer systems, and telecommunications.
Students completing the degree program can become certified engineering technicians by passing the NICET exam. Those completing the networking component of the curriculum may sit for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) exam.
The Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology program is nationally recognized for its quality. It is a ETAC/ABET accredited program (Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, 415 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD, 21201), phone 1-410-347-7700.
The rapid growth of electronic, telecommunication, and computer industries worldwide has led to a demand for electronics technicians that has far exceeded supply. As a result, wages and benefits for electronics technicians rank among the top for two-year graduates, often exceeding those of four-year graduates in other disciplines. Graduates work for such well-known companies as American Electric Power, SBC, Canon, IBM, Boeing, Lucent Technologies, Verizon, AT&T, and Xerox.
Over the next decade electric utilities in our region and the nation are forecasting a need for a significant number of new hires to replace a retiring workforce. Demand for degreed technicians by the utility industry is very strong. The Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology works closely with electric utilities to identify skills needed by that industry. Students interested in careers in the electrical utility industry should work closely with the program faculty to select technical elective courses in preparation for careers in this industry.