Electrical Engineering Technology

AAS Degree – Code #0699
BS Degree – Code #0216

The electrical engineering technology programs provide the skills and occupational competence necessary for entry into the field as an electronic or electrical technician or technologist. The technician works with and is responsible for all the electronic equipment in the field. Thus, in addition to a firm foundation in electrical circuit concepts, a technician must have laboratory experience.

The electrical engineering technology programs emphasize basic knowledge and skills during the first year of the program. Studies include fundamental DC and AC circuit analysis and digital circuit logic to develop skills in use of electronic test equipment and in use of tools and printed circuit fabrication equipment. Laboratory experiments supplement classroom instruction and problem solving. Computer problem solving and simulation aid in course instruction.

The second year of the associate degree program continues the study of fundamental electronic circuits. The areas of study include microcontroller circuitry and programming, electronic communication circuits and systems, and IC circuit fabrication on silicon wafers.

Through a recent NYS Science, Technology, and Academic Research (NYSTAR®) grant opportunity, Alfred State has implemented a new semiconductor manufacturing laboratory cleanroom facility. The new microelectronics laboratory has been equipped with Modu-Lab® semiconductor device manufacturing equipment, which gives students realistic exposure to the semiconductor planer processes, the technology in which integrated circuits or “chips” are manufactured. Integrated circuits are extremely small circuits fabricated on a monolithic semiconductor substrate. The rapid advances in the number of transistors per chip have led to integrated circuits with increases in capability and performance and have changed virtually every aspect of our lives over the past three decades. Oxidation, diffusion, photolithography, etch, and vapor deposition stations allow the students the opportunity to design, fabricate, and test their own simple integrated circuit devices while gaining experience in microelectronic fabrication techniques. The understanding of general processes gained through laboratory experiences will prepare students to either continue their education in the microelectronics field or work in modern high-tech industrial laboratories found at companies like Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Kionix, Micron Technology, Motorola, National Semiconductor, and Texas Instruments to name a few. Students interested in a career in semiconductor manufacturing technology should consult with their adviser regarding selection of appropriate elective course work during their first semester.

Both electrical engineering technology programs are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

A laptop computer is required for students entering the electrical engineering technology programs. Laptop specifications are available at www.alfredstate.edu/required-laptops. Some courses may require specialized tools and/or electronic components.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (PSLOs) - AAS Degree

a. An ability to apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to narrowly defined engineering technology activities.

b. An ability to apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge.

c. An ability to conduct standard tests and measurements and to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments.

d. An ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team.

e. An ability to identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined engineering technology problems.

f. An ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.

g. An understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.

h. An understanding of and a commitment to addressing professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity.

i. A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

j. The application of circuit analysis and design, computer programming, associated software, analog and digital electronics, and microcomputers, and engineering standards to the building, testing, operation, and maintenance of electrical/electronic(s) systems.

k. The applications of physics or chemistry to electrical/electronic(s) circuits in a rigorous mathematical environment at or above the level of algebra and trigonometry.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (PSLOs) - BS Degree

a. An ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities.

b. An ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies.

c. An ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes.

d. An ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives.

e. An ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team.

f. An ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly defined engineering technology problems.

g. An ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.

h. An understanding of the need for engagement and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.

i. An understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity.

j. A knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context.

k. A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

l. The application of circuit analysis and design, computer programming, associated software, analog and digital electronics, and microcomputers, and engineering standards to the building, testing, operation, and maintenance of electrical/electronic(s) systems.

m. The applications of physics or chemistry to electrical/electronic(s) circuits in a rigorous mathematical environment at or above the level of algebra and trigonometry.

n. The ability to analyze, design, and implement control systems, instrumentation systems, communications systems, computer systems, or power systems.

o. The ability to apply project management techniques to electrical/electronic(s) systems.

p. The ability to utilize statistics/probability, transform methods, discrete mathematics, or applied differential equations in support of electrical/electronic(s) systems.

PROGRAM EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES (PEOs)

The AAS in electrical engineering technology program produces graduates who:

1. Apply knowledge of mathematics and science using critical thinking and creative skills to solve electrical engineering problems.

2. Function professionally with effective communication and with ethical responsibility as individuals and as members of a multidisciplinary team.

3. Continuously improve and engage in life-long learning and adapt to a technologically advancing society.

4. Apply knowledge of contemporary issues and anticipate the impact of electrical engineering solutions on industry and the general public.

5. Use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary to support electrical engineering practice

The BS in electrical engineering technology program produces graduates who:

1. Apply knowledge of mathematics and science using critical thinking and creative skills to solve electrical engineering problems.

2. Function professionally with effective communication and with ethical responsibility as individuals and as members of a multidisciplinary team.

3. Continuously improve and engage in life-long learning and adapt to a technologically advancing society.

4. Apply knowledge of contemporary issues and anticipate the impact of electrical engineering solutions on industry and the general public.

5. Use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary to support electrical engineering practice.

6. Design electrical engineering systems, components, or processes to meet industry needs.

7. Design electrical engineering experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data to support the problem solving process and project design.

DIRECT ENTRY INTO BACCALAUREATE DEGREE PROGRAM

Alfred State electrical engineering technology AAS graduates may enter directly into either the electrical engineering technology BS or technology management BBA degree program.

OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS

Employment and transfer rate:

ENROLLMENT AND GRADUATION DATA

Electrical Engineering Technology (AAS degree): Enrollment - 22; 9% graduated in 2 years and 32% in 3 years.

Electrical Engineering Technology (BS degree): Enrollment - 4; 25% graduated in 4 years and 25% in 6 years.

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ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS/RECOMMENDATIONS

Required:

Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/Trigonometry

Recommended:

Physics