Electrical Engineering Technology

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Electrical Engineering Technology

Program Description, Mission, and Objectives

The Electrical Engineering Technology program is designed to prepare individuals with basic engineering principles and technical skill in order to: test and fabricate prototypes, perform system analysis and maintenance, perform installation and calibration, and write technical reports.
Students will learn basic laws and circuits pertaining to electrical, electronic, and computer engineering technology. The student will then exercise and test these principles through hands-on experiments and projects. Graduates are expected to design, fabricate, and present both orally and in writing a “Capstone Project.”

The program mission is to provide certificate and associates degree programs that provide theoretical and experiential courses that prepare students for employment, workplace advancement, and/or personal enrichment.  

Career Opportunities

Students who graduate with the associate’s degree in Electrical Engineering Technology can expect to become employable as Engineering Technicians, Service or Maintenance Engineers/Technicians, and in many other career areas such as manufacturing and communications.

Additional information is available from the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Skills Needed

Successful Electronic Technicians have good eyesight and color vision, good mechanical ability, manual dexterity, above average math and reading skills, and a basic interest in diagnosing and repairing equipment. Because technicians are often part of a team, it is also important to have good communication skills and the creativity to identify and solve problems.
 

Expected Earnings/Salary

Earnings of Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technicians as reported by the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations are as follows:

Installation and maintenance technicians make from $12.12 to a high of $23.98 per hour with a mean of $20.03. The projection is for 575 new and replacement openings.

Engineering Technicians make from $17.60 to a high of $30.28 with a mean of $26.05 per hour. The projection is for 110 new and replacement
openings. 

Types of Programs Offered

There are three different levels of training in the Electrical Engineering Technology Program:
•Career Skills Certificate Basic Electronics
•Computer Programming for
Electronic Technicians
•Associate of Applied Science Degree- Electrical
Engineering Technology
The varied levels of certification allow each student to customize the amount of training he/she desires based on individual career goals. The basic Career Skills certificate may be utilized as a means for immediate entry into the workforce.
 

Types of Programs Offered

Click to view the courses required for each certificate or degree option.

Associates Degree
Short Term Certificate

Estimated Program Cost

Electrical Engineering (EET)

Award Level Credit Hours Est. Tuition/Fees Est. Books Total Est. Cost
Associate (AAT) 75 $9,825.00 $1,500.00 $11,325.00





Career Skills Certificate (STC)- Basic Electronics 24 $3,144.00 $600.00 $3,744.00
Advanced Certification in Computer Programming Electronics Basic Electronics (STC) 24 $3,668.00 $600.00 $4,268.00

*Estimates based on Fall 2011 Tuition/Fees.  Subject to change without notice.

Advisory Committee

Bill Curtis
Field Account Representative, TTI, Inc.

Roy Foreman
Electrical Engineering Manager, Ground Combat Vehicle, Northrop Grumman Corporation

Marty Hunt
Senior Manager, Adtran

Daphene Nance
HR Manager, Universal Lighting Technologies



The varied levels of certification allow each student to customize the amount of training he/she desires based on individual career goals. The basic Career Skills certificate may be utilized as a means for immediate entry into the workforce or serve as a starting point for the Career Entry Certificate. In most cases, the credits received from one certificate level will transfer to a program of a higher level.

Contact the Office of Electrical Engineering at 256.551.1709 or visit building 200 on the main campus.