Electrical Engineering Technology

Electrical Engineering Technology

The Electrical Engineering Technology (2 EET) major helps prepare graduates for technical positions in the expanding fields of electronics, computers and microprocessors, instrumentation, and electrical equipment. The primary objective is to provide a broad foundation of theoretical and practical knowledge in the areas of electrical and electronic circuits, digital circuits, computers, electrical machinery, and programmable logic controls.

Program Educational Objectives

To produce graduates who, during the first few years of professional practice, will:

  1. Demonstrate broad knowledge of electrical/electronics engineering technology practices to support design, application, installation, manufacturing, operation, and maintenance as required by their employer,
  2. Apply basic mathematical and scientific principles for technical problem solving in areas which may include circuit analysis of both analog and digital electronics, microprocessors, programmable logic control, and electrical machines,
  3. Utilize computers and software in a technical environment,
  4. Demonstrate competence in written and oral communication,
  5. Work effectively as an individual and as a member of a multidisciplinary team,
  6. Show awareness of social concerns and ethical/professional responsibilities in the workplace, and
  7. Matriculate into a baccalaureate degree and/or continue their professional training and adapt to changes in the workplace, through additional formal or informal education.

Program Outcomes (Student Outcomes)

Students should possess

a) an ability to apply the  knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of the disciplines to electrical 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 continued professional development,  including engineering standards,
h) an understanding  of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity,
i) a commitment to quality, timeliness and continuous improvement.

In addition, 2EET graduates must demonstrate knowledge and hands-on competence appropriate to the objectives of the program in:

A. 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; and

B. the application of natural sciences and mathematics at or above the level of algebra and trigonometry to the building, testing, operation, and maintenance of electrical/electronic systems.

Graduates of the Electrical Engineering Technology major may qualify for admission to the baccalaureate degree majors in Electrical Engineering Technology offered at Penn State Harrisburg, Capital College; the baccalaureate degree major in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College; or the baccalaureate degree major in Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology offered at Penn State Altoona, Penn State Berks, Penn State New Kensington or Penn State York. Two baccalaureate tracks are available to streamline the transition to these degree programs. Students interested in pursuing the baccalaureate degree major of Electrical Engineering Technology at Penn State Harrisburg should follow track c. A general track is also provided for students who decide not to continue their engineering technology education at the baccalaureate level.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA to change to this Associate degree after admission to the University.

For the Associate in Engineering Technology degree in Electrical Engineering Technology, a minimum of 66 credits is required. This program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.