Electrical Engineering Technology

Electrical Engineering Technology

The Electrical Engineering Technology degree focuses on the knowledge and skills associated with the installation, maintenance, integration, and troubleshooting of automated systems.

What You Will Learn

Beginning with electrical fundamentals, electrical engineering technology coursework progressively introduces electronics, circuit simulation, AC and DC currents, stepper and servo motors, variable frequency drives, solid-state fundamentals, digital concepts, instrumentation, C++ programming, microprocessors, networking, electrical power systems and electrical machines as transformers, generators, data acquisition and programming using LabVIEW, and control equipment such as programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and PACs. Other coursework includes the study of various fields associated with the electrical/electronic industry.

While the degree is intended to use towards transferring to a four-year institution, graduates of the electrical engineering technology program may seek employment as technicians, engineering assistants, field service engineers, technical managers, or salespersons in electrical generation/distribution, industrial maintenance, automation, electronic repair, or in other fields requiring a broad-based knowledge of electrical and electronic concepts. If immediate employment is your only goal, please consider the Central Piedmont Electronics Engineering Technology Associate in Applied Science degree program as that program is designed for workforce development.

Program Objectives

  • to prepare students with different levels of educational preparedness, workplace maturity, socio-economic backgrounds, and cultural/ethnic influences to meet individual career goals, whether the goal is to take a single class, complete a certificate, or acquire an associate degree
  • to educate students with fundamental technical knowledge and skills driven by the established and effective practices of engineering technology, including design, product support, and problem analysis
  • to prepare students with the necessary mathematics, physics, and information technology skills to further understand the technology they are using, to apply the principles of these disciplines to problem analysis and solution, and to utilize these disciplines as a basis for life-long learning experiences
  • to provide students with a fundamental curriculum, an educational experience, and an understanding of the advances in the engineering technology field, that will enable them to pursue more advanced degree programs at colleges or universities
  • to educate students in the principles of communications, utilizing written, oral, and visual information at either an interpersonal level or within the team environment
  • to provide a curriculum that encourages students to become broadly educated technologists and life-long learners with a fuller understanding and appreciation of the arts, the humanities, and the social sciences
  • to provide students with real-life industrial experiences by cooperative education and internships, preparing them for future technical work environments and team-based technology efforts, and an opportunity to further refine their communication skills
  • to instill in students the ability to apply, creatively and practically, the techniques of information technology, mathematics, physics and/or engineering technology to design, integration or analysis processes

Student Outcomes

  • an ability to apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to narrowly defined engineering technology activities
  • 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
  • an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements, and to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments
  • an ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team
  • an ability to identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined engineering technology problems
  • an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments
  • an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature
  • an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development
  • an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity
  • a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement
  • ELN/ELC:
    • 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
    • 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

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Why Choose Central Piedmont

Our program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The Central Piedmont Associate in Applied Science in electrical engineering technology degree is accepted at some colleges and universities as the first two years of a bachelor’s-level engineering technology program. Our program has specifically been designed to ease the transition for students planning to join UNC Charlotte’s Bachelor's in electrical engineering technology program, but can be also applied to many other universities. Our learning environments are home to the industry's latest equipment and software, as well as quality instructors who bring real-world experience into the classroom. This powerful combination of traditional teaching and hands-on learning prepares our students for employment in today's 21st century workforce.

Real World Education

At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.

The Details

  • Program Options

    The college catalog details the electrical engineering program options currently available at Central Piedmont as well as program eligibility and course requirements.. If you would like information on opportunities to transfer associate degree credit to a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Resource Center.

    Visiting Students

    If you wish to transfer electrical engineering course credit back to your home institution, explore how to enroll at Central Piedmont as a visiting student.

    Corporate and Continuing Education

    Central Piedmont's Corporate and Continuing Education provides non-credit, non-degree courses and programs, including job skills, industry-focused career training, certificates, certifications, professional licensure, and personal enrichment. Day, evening, weekend, and online opportunities are available.

    College and Career Readiness

    If you are looking for programs to gain the knowledge or skills necessary to finish a high school degree or to get a job, visit Central Piedmont's College and Career Readiness.

    College Credit for High School Students

    Visit Career and College Promise to learn about opportunities for high school students to earn college credit at Central Piedmont.

  • Electrical Engineering Technology Program Requirements

    For detailed information on electrical engineering course and program requirements, visit the Central Piedmont Community College catalog.

  • Locations

    Please note that course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm which courses are required to complete this program in the college catalog and confirm where courses are available using Schedule Builder.

  • Course Delivery Methods

    • Classroom/Lab
    • Combined (Classroom/Lab and Online)

    Please note that course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm which courses are required to complete this program in the college catalog and confirm course delivery methods using Schedule Builder.

  • Electrical Engineer Careers

    While the degree is intended to use towards transferring to a four-year institution, graduates of the electrical engineering technology program may seek employment as technicians, engineering assistants, field service engineers, technical managers, or salespersons in electrical generation/distribution, industrial maintenance, automation, electronic repair, or in other fields requiring a broad-based knowledge of electrical and electronic concepts. Visit Central Piedmont’s Career Coach for detailed electrical engineering career opportunities, salary information, and job openings.

  • Costs and Aid

    Central Piedmont provides real-world, affordable, hands-on education and career training. Learn how much it costs to attend Central Piedmont. Financial aid and scholarships are available.

  • Student Resources

    Events

    Featured Employer Series

    Join industry representatives from local companies as they present career opportunities available for our students. Many of these opportunities include positions such as electronic hardware technicians and field maintenance techs

    Next Session:

    • Wednesday, May 1, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
    • Lunch and Learn with ESP Associates
    • Central Campus, Advanced Technology Center, Room 3110
    • Register

    Companies interested in presenting career opportunities to our students should contact Alexis Frisinger at 704.330.2722, ext. 3150 or at alexis.frisinger@cpcc.edu. Or, to expedite your request, fill-out this Google form.

    Apprenticeships

    Apprenticeships (video) represent a long tradition in workplace learning. Programs vary, but usually consist of an employer and student agreement and approval by an appropriate entity. In North Carolina, formal or registered apprenticeships are created in agreement with the NC Department of Labor (NCDOL). In this program, you will have two options for apprenticeships at Central Piedmont: Apprenticeship 2000 and Apprenticeship Charlotte.

    Apprenticeship 2000

    Central Piedmont offers apprenticeships with local business partners. With Apprenticeship 2000, you will have the opportunity to:

    • gain 6400 hours of learning manufacturing skills
    • gain 1600 hours of college education
    • earn while learning
    • get free college and a paycheck
    • earn a Journeyman Certificate by the Department of Labor (Commerce)
    • experience dual training - academics in college/hands on at company
    • earn a scholarship for additional college for bachelor's of arts (differences per company)
    • secure guaranteed employment after graduation

    For more information about Apprenticeship 2000, contact Eric Easton at eric.easton@cpcc.edu or 704.330.2722, ext. 3181.

    Apprenticeship Charlotte
    Students

    Learn more about whether Apprenticeship Charlotte is the right fit for you! We partner with companies in the Charlotte area to create and support apprenticeship programs to help develop the skilled workforce needed today and in the future. We’ll learn about your interests and strengths, then connect you to a company when it has a need for someone with your talents and potential.

    1. prepare and submit a resume via email to workplace.learning@cpcc.edu; make sure your resume includes your current Central Piedmont program of study and GPA
    2. indicate in your email to us how much coursework you have completed to date
    3. the Workplace Learning Office will contact you to further discuss existing Apprenticeship Charlotte opportunities and add you to our candidate pool

    For additional information about getting started with this apprenticeship program, including if you are currently working and think your company might be a good fit for Apprenticeship Charlotte, please contact workplace.learning@cpcc.edu.

    Employers

    Let Central Piedmont help your company set-up an apprenticeship program. With this as a part of your training strategy, you can rely on the college to deliver:

    • administrative support for the candidate intake process
    • coordination of state recognition activities and agreement process
    • detailed information on the required and elective course work, available with certificate, diploma, or degree requirements
    • convenient sponsorship option to Central Piedmont (payment process)

    Central Piedmont will typically help employers work with the state, particularly in the initial set-up and creation of agreements. Employers with a signed state agreement are ready to begin a registered apprenticeship. Get started today. Contact us at workplace.learning@cpcc.edu or 704.330.4660.

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