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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
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.