Electronics Engineering Technology
Electronics engineering technologists typically design, build, install, test, troubleshoot, repair, and modify developmental and production electronic components, equipment, and systems such as industrial/computer controls, manufacturing systems, instrumentation systems, communication systems, and power electronic systems. The Central Piedmont Associate in Applied Science degree in Electronics Engineering Technology has been specifically designed to prepare individuals to become technologists or advanced technicians in the workforce.
What You Will Learn
The electronics engineering technology degree program focuses on the knowledge and skills associated with the installation, maintenance, integration and troubleshooting of instrumentation and control systems. The electronics engineering technology program is intended for workforce development so that you can go directly to industry with this degree. There are several opportunities for industry certifications built into the program that allow you to add skills to your resume.
A broad-based core of courses ensures you will develop the skills necessary to perform entry-level tasks. Emphasis is placed on developing your ability to think critically, analyze, and troubleshoot electronic systems. Beginning with electrical fundamentals, coursework progressively introduces electronics, 2D Computer Aided Design (CAD), circuit simulation, solid-state fundamentals, digital concepts, instrumentation, C++ programming, microprocessors, programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs). Coursework also includes setup and maintenance of instrumentation devices, PIDs, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs), C++, microprocessors, and process control loop tuning. Other coursework includes the study of various fields associated with the electrical/electronic industry.
Graduates should qualify for employment as engineering assistants or electronic technologists with job titles such as electronics engineering technician, field service technician, maintenance technician, communications technician, electronic tester, electronic systems integrator, electronics and instrumentation technician, control technician, bench technician, and production control technician. Graduates can use the electronics engineering degree to transfer to a university program to finish a Bachelor’s degree, but there will be deficiencies. If you plan to continue to a Bachelor's (four-year) degree in engineering technology, please explore the Electrical Engineering Technology Associate in Applied Science program, which is designed for that purpose.
- 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
The electronics engineering technology program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). 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.