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. 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
  • Circuit simulation
  • Solid-state fundamentals
  • Digital concepts
  • C++ programming
  • Microprocessors
  • Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)
  • Data acquisition and programming using LabVIEW

Other coursework includes the study of various fields associated with the electrical/electronic industry.

This degree was designed to transfer the most technical credits to a university electrical engineering technology bachelor's degree program while still preparing you for the workforce. If immediate employment is your main goal, however, please explore the Electrical Engineering Technology or Computer Engineering Technology Associate in Applied Science programs.

Program Educational Objectives

  1. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to perform at a technician level for regional employers in a field related to their program.
  2. Graduates will have the communication skills to engage in a teamwork environment.
  3. Employers will be satisfied with the performance and education of graduates and will be willing to employ future graduates.
  4. Graduates will be able to accept increasing levels of responsibility by using critical thinking skills and adapting to changing technology in the workplace.
  5. Those graduates choosing to continue their education in a four-year engineering technology program will have the technical, communication, and team working skills to perform satisfactorily in such programs.

Student Outcomes

Recent graduates of the Electronics Engineering Technology program will have:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve well-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline;  
  2. an ability to design solutions for well-defined technical problems and assist with the engineering design of systems, components, or processes appropriate to the discipline;
  3. an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in well-defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
  4. an ability to conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to ethically analyze and interpret the results; 
  5. an ability to function and grow effectively as a member of a technical team delivering timely and quality contributions to the team goal.

Specifically, the Electronics Engineering Technology curriculum enables the program to prepare graduates with skills necessary to enter careers in the design, application, installation, manufacturing, operation and/or maintenance of electrical/electronic(s) systems. Graduates of associate degree programs have strengths in the building, testing, operation, and maintenance of developmental and production electronic components, equipment, and systems such as industrial/computer controls, manufacturing systems, instrumentation systems, communication systems, and power electronic systems. The curriculum includes instruction in the following topics: 

  1. 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 
  2. 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.

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Why Choose Central Piedmont

The Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, under the General Criteria and the Program Criteria for Electrical/Electronics(s) Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs. 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.

Electronics Technologist Careers and Average Salaries

Graduates will qualify for employment as engineering assistants or electronic technicians 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. Visit Central Piedmont’s Career Coach for detailed electronics engineering career opportunities, salary information, and job openings.

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