Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology
Includes entry to major requirements
The Bachelor of Science graduate with a major in Electrical Engineering Technology (E E T) is an engineering technologist who can bridge the gap between scientific advancement and practical electrical devices and systems. Research in all fields of electrical engineering has produced an abundance of new knowledge in recent years. Many of these advanced scientific achievements have been unused due to the shortage of engineering technologists specifically educated to convert scientific information into practical devices and systems.
The E E T major aims to equip students with the various skills necessary to adapt new scientific knowledge to new products. Technical selections are offered in the senior year to provide some degree of specialization, but all graduates receive a well-rounded basic education in electrical and electronic design principles. The strengths of the program include: an applied, hands-on program; extensive laboratory experience; and promising job placement.
For a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering Technology, a minimum of 128 credits is required.
Entry to Major Requirements:
Entry to the Electrical Engineering Technology major requires a 2.00 or higher cumulative grade-point average.
Graduates of the Electrical Engineering Technology program will find a job market with many opportunities. Within the program options–General Electrical Engineering Technology or Computer Engineering Technology–students can prepare for interesting and challenging careers. Opportunities can be found in the areas of computer interfacing and networking, development engineering, manufacturing, product engineering, field service, energy management, quality control, technical sales, or management. These opportunities can be found in a variety of firms engaged in electronic manufacturing, industrial control, applications engineering, and in power utilities.
Some of the positions involving an electrical engineering technologist include: Communications Engineer, Computer Engineering Technologist, Electrical Engineering Technologist, Electromechanical Engineering Technologist, Engineering Assistant, Field Service Technician, Industrial Technologist, Product Engineer, Project Assistant, Network Manager, Technical Salesperson, Technical Assistant, and Technical Writer.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, most electrical engineering technologists work in durable goods manufacturing, mainly in electronic machinery and equipment, industrial machinery and equipment, instruments and related products, and transportation equipment industries. Another 30 percent work in service industries. Increasing demand for more sophisticated electrical and electronic products will continue to contribute to growth in opportunities for graduates.
Accreditation and Licensure
This program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.
Graduates are encouraged to continue their professional development by taking the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination at the end of their senior year; the FE exam is a prerequisite for taking the Professional Engineering Examination.
The School of Science, Engineering, and Technology encourages student involvement in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Selection of Major in Engineering or Engineering Technology
Excellent guidance for students, parents, friends, and others regarding the similarities and differences between engineering and engineering technology is provided at the following web sites:
Prerequisite Flowcharts (program planning tools)
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