Electronic Engineering Technology

The Department of Electronic Engineering Technology's mission is to provide a quality learning environment within the Electronic Engineering Technology discipline.  Its purpose is to prepare students to further their education at a four-year institution and/or gain employment within the field of engineering technology.

Program Educational Objectives: Graduates will be able to: (1) solve technical problems typical of those encountered in the electronic engineering technology discipline by using critical thinking skills, current technology, and principles of mathematics and applied science; (2) work and communicate effectively in multidisciplinary teams in both industrial and academic settings; and (3) understand current professional issues and the need to pursue lifelong learning.

Program Requirements: Students must have placed into MATH 1180 Technical Mathematics I and ENGL 1110 English Composition I (A) prior to registering for any ELEC courses.  A minimum grade of "C" or higher is required for every ELEC, MATH and PHYS course listed within the program schedule.

Electronic Engineering Technology Program (9420) is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. ETAC/ABET, 415 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201, phone: 410.347.7700, http://www.abet.org

Electronic Engineering Technology graduates are prepared with the skills necessary to enter careers in the design, application, installation, manufacturing, operation and/or maintenance of electrical/electronic(s) systems.

Currently, the Telecommunications Engineering Technology Concentration (9401), Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology Concentration (9417), and Computer Hardware Engineering Technology Concentration (9418), are not ABET accredited.

Computer Hardware Engineering Technology graduates are prepared with the skills necessary to enter careers in the design, application, installation, operation, and/or maintenance of computer systems.

Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology graduates are prepared with the technical skills necessary to enter careers in the building, installation, application, and operation and/or maintenance of electro-mechanical hardware and software systems.

Telecommunications Engineering Technology graduates are prepared with the skills necessary to enter careers in the design, application, installation, operation, and/or maintenance of telecommunication systems.

Certificates are also available.

Programs offered
Gainful Employment Program Name Program Type Area of Study
No Computer Hardware Engineering Technology Concentration (9418) , AAS Degree ELEC
No Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology Concentration (9417) , AAS Degree ELEC
No Electronic Engineering Technology (9420) , AAS Degree ELEC
No Telecommunications Engineering Technology Concentration (9401) , AAS Degree ELEC
No A+ Computer Maintenance and Repair Certificate (4252) Certificate ELEC
Gainful Employment IconYes Advanced Electronics Technology Certificate (4201) Certificate ELEC
Gainful Employment IconYes Electronic Systems Fundamentals Certificate (4220) Certificate ELEC
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  Gainful employment programs; reporting available in compliance with the U.S Department of Education

ELEC 1120 Direct Current Circuit Analysis 2 Credits

Prerequisite: ENGL 1110 or ENGL 1111, MATH 1101 or MATH 1180 (can be taken concurrently).

This course introduces Direct Current (DC) circuit analysis techniques applied to series, parallel, and series-parallel resistive circuits. Problem solving methodologies focus on application of Ohm’s law, Kirchhoff's laws, Mesh, Nodal and Superposition analysis, and Thevenin’s and Norton’s theorems. The course also addresses transient analysis of switched resistor and capacitor (RC) and switched resistor and inductor (L/R)circuits.

(2 contact hours)

ELEC 1220 Alternating Current Circuit Analysis 2 Credits

Prerequisite: ELEC 1120.

This course introduces Alternating Current (AC) circuit analysis techniques applied to series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits consisting of resistors, capacitors, and inductors. Students will perform sinusoidal analysis of circuit impedance, voltage, and current, in both polar and rectangular form, using problem solving methodologies learned in ELEC 1120 Direct Current Circuit Analysis. The course also covers concepts of filtering, energy/power, and magnetism.

(2 contact hours)

ELEC 1260 Direct Current and Alternating Current Laboratory 1 Credit

Prerequisite: ELEC 1220 (can be taken concurrently).

This course applies the theoretical concepts studied in ELEC 1120 Direct Current Circuit Analysis and ELEC 1220 Alternating Current Circuit Analysis to passive analog circuits. Laboratory exercises consist of utilizing simulation software, circuit components, power supplies, function generators, oscilloscopes, and volt-ohm meters.

(3 contact hours: 3 lab)

ELEC 1330 Digital Systems Fundamentals 2 Credits

Prerequisite: ELEC 1120 or permission of instructor.

This course introduces the analysis, design, and application of logic gates and higher level digital devices. Students will apply Boolean algebra, DeMorgan's theorem, and Karnaugh Map reduction techniques to logic gates and to various flip-flop and state machine devices. Digital logic applications include arithmetic, counters, registers, memory, state machines, multiplexers, and de-multiplexers.

(2 contact hours)

ELEC 1400 Stand-Alone Photovoltaic Systems 2 Credits

Prerequisite: ELEC 1120.

This course provides an overview of basic stand-alone Photovoltaic (PV) systems. Concepts and applications covered include system components, site analysis, PV module criteria, mounting solutions, safety, and basic installation practices. The course will also cover fundamental concepts of sizing a residential stand-alone system, over current protection, and grounding.

(4 contact hours: 1 lecture, 3 lab)

ELEC 2000 Electronic Technology Field Experience 2 Credits

Prerequisite: permission of the Electronic Engineering Technology department chair, ELEC 1120, ELEC 1220, ELEC 1330, MATH 1201 or MATH 1280, and be matriculated into the ELEC program with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

This field experience is a planned paid work activity designed to expose the student to the various technical work areas that exist within the various fields of Electronic Engineering Technology. This course is a technical elective in the Electronic Engineering Technology program.

(24 contact hours: 24 lab)

ELEC 2120 Linear and Switch-Mode Power Supplies 2 Credits

Prerequisite: ELEC 1120.

This course introduces solid-state device circuit concepts, with analysis techniques, to unregulated and regulated linear power supplies, regulated switching power supplies, and power electronic switching control circuits. Students will apply theory and application of transformers, capacitors, inductors, diodes, transistors, and other solid-state devices to these topologies.

(2 contact hours)

ELEC 2150 Operational Amplifiers and Linear Integrated Circuits 2 Credits

Prerequisite: ELEC 1220, ELEC 2120.

This course introduces op-amp and integrated circuit concepts applied to linear amplifiers, non-linear signal converters, sinusoidal and square-wave oscillators, and active filters.

(2 contact hours)

ELEC 2170 Power Supply and Integrated Circuits Laboratory 1 Credit

Prerequisite: ELEC 2150 (can be taken concurrently).

This course applies the theoretic concepts studied in ELEC 2120 Linear and Switch-Mode Power Supplies and ELEC 2150 Operational Amplifiers and Linear Integrated Circuits to active, linear, and switched, circuits. Laboratory exercises consist of utilizing simulation software, circuit components, power apparatus, function generators, oscilloscopes, and volt-ohm meters.

(3 contact hours: 3 lab)

ELEC 2300 Sensors, Actuators, and Control 3 Credits

Prerequisite: ELEC 1220, MATH 1201 or MATH 1280.

This course introduces applications of discreet device sensors, actuators, and signal conditioning concepts as found in various process control system types. Students will work with analyzing and signal conditioning sensors found in the measured variable feedback loop and actuators found in the controlled variable loop. Students will also analyze Single-Input-Single-Output (SISO) continuous control system characteristics.

(5 contact hours: 2 lecture, 3 lab)

ELEC 2420 Microcontroller Applications 2 Credits

Prerequisite: ELEC 1330.

This course introduces students to microcontroller hardware and software design and application concepts. Students will investigate fundamental microcontroller topologies, data acquisition techniques, digital and analog I/O interfacing, sensors, and structured programming techniques.

(2 contact hours)

ELEC 2460 Digital Systems and Microcontroller Laboratory 1 Credit

Prerequisite: ELEC 2420 (can be taken concurrently).

This course applies the theoretic concepts studied in ELEC 1330 Digital Systems Fundamentals and ELEC 2420 Microcontroller Applications to digital circuits and embedded system programming. Laboratory exercises consist of writing assembly language programs, utilizing computer software, circuit components, power supplies, function generators, oscilloscopes, and volt-ohm meters.

(3 contact hours: 3 lab)

ELEC 2610 Embedded Systems Project Lab 3 Credits

Prerequisite: ELEC 2460, ELEC 2170 (can be taken concurrently); or permission of instructor.

This course utilizes a microcontroller as the basic building block for an embedded system that incorporates data acquisition and control concepts. Measurement of a physical system, selection of an appropriate sensor with applied signal conditioning, firmware/software application development, simulation and testing, and control element hardware selection and interfacing are part of the problem solving steps that are required for this course.

(5 contact hours: 2 lecture, 3 lab)

ELEC 2700 Motor Control and Servo Systems 3 Credits

Prerequisite: ELEC 1260 or permission of instructor.

This course introduces AC and DC motor theory and operation concepts to open and closed loop control systems. Students will apply feedback error correction techniques to typical servomechanisms and analyze closed loop control.

(5 contact hours: 2 lecture, 3 lab)

ELEC 2821 Programmable Logic Controllers 3 Credits

Prerequisite: ELEC 1120 or permission of instructor.

This course covers similarities between programmable controllers and relay logic. It includes programmable logic controller (PLC) instructions with application, programming, installation, and troubleshooting techniques. Comprehensive labs use the Rockwell Automation Allen-Bradley family of controllers and programming software to design and implement real world industrial automation applications starting with basic relay logic and progressing to advanced timer/counter applications, sequencer instructions, and Ethernet communications between controllers.

(5 contact hours: 2 lecture, 3 lab)

ELEC 2850 Advanced Programmable Logic Controller Applications 2 Credits

Prerequisite: ELEC 2821.

This course builds on the knowledge obtained from ELEC 2821 Programmable Logic Controllers covering more advanced functions such as data acquisition, SCADA applications, High Speed Counting, Process instructions, ASCII instructions and Message instructions. It includes fundamental operator interface controls utilizing Rockwell Automation MicroLogix controllers and PanelView operator interfaces. The course also discusses several industrial networks such as EtherNet/IP, Modbus.

(4 contact hours: 1 lecture, 3 lab)