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Program Overview


The Electrical Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, and offers five areas of concentration: Communications Systems, Embedded Systems, Mechantronics, and Power Systems.

The EET program offers computer engineering technology, communications systems technology, embedded systems technology, mechatronics systems technology and power systems technology concentration areas. Students in all concentrations take courses in DC and AC circuits, electronic devices and circuits, digital electronics, linear electronics, microprocessors, and programming.

The B.S. degree program in Electrical Engineering Technology offers a high quality degree program that meets national standards of excellence. It is a significant component of the University's commitment to science, engineering and technology, particularly in fields of major importance to the region.

Through the University's Distance Learning program, the Electrical Engineering Technology program provides opportunities for technical personnel throughout the state and elsewhere to enhance their education and pursue baccalaureate level studies.

Simultaneously, the program supports the general education components that yield a well-rounded graduate who is aware of societal needs and issues.


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Concentrations

Electrical Engineering Technology Options

These areas of concentration focus on the hands-on application of technical expertise required for careers involving design, analysis and support of electrical/electronic systems.

Communications Systems Technology

Requires upper division EET courses in principles of communications, wireless systems, computer networks, and local area networks. The concentration in communications systems provide graduates with the skills compatible with communication systems and networking related jobs.

Embedded Systems Technology

Requires upper division EET courses in microprocessors and microcontrollers based design courses. The concentration in embedded systems will provide graduates with skill compatible with embedded systems software engineer or related jobs due to the increasing integration of hardware and software in applications of various types.

Mechatronics Engineering Technology

Requires upper division EET courses in PLCs, microcontrollers/microprocessors, and both power and communication systems. Four mechatronics related courses in mechanical engineering technology (MET) are also required, and as a result students also complete a minor in MET. Graduates may pursue positions in mechatronics related jobs, manufacturing, electronic and electrical product design, development, operation and maintenance.

Power Systems Technology

Requires courses in power systems and machinery (including laboratory), alternative energies and smart grids. The concentration in power systems technology will provide graduates with skill compatible with power systems, machinery and power transmission related jobs.


Computer Engineering Technology Option

This area of concentration meets the needs of students who are interested in the design and operation of computer and web-based systems.

Computer Engineering Technology

This option provides the skills for career success in designing, building, and installing computer systems of all descriptions including hardware, software, and networking / web operations. The core curriculum in computer-oriented hardware including electronics, digital systems, and microprocessors is integrated with a series of courses offered by the Department of Computer Science including programming and problem solving, data structures, and software engineering. As a result, students completing this option will also receive a minor in Computer Science. Graduates find employment as network managers, computer system engineers, and network designers.






Program Educational Objectives

The objective of the electrical engineering technology program is to prepare graduates to establish themselves as successful professionals in electrical systems technology, computer engineering technology, or related areas during the first few years of their careers by having demonstrated their ability to:

  1. Identify and solve increasingly complex technical problems, both theoretically and practically, as raised by continually evolving technologies and industry needs and practices.
  2. Make educated, responsible, and ethical decisions in response to the needs of the profession and society, with these decisions solidly grounded in science and engineering fundamentals.
  3. Work effectively as member or leader of technical teams and clearly communicate ideas leading to successful team outcomes.

Program Outcomes

The electrical engineering technology program has adopted, after deliberations by its constituents, 11 outcomes for the Bachelor of Science program in electrical engineering technology. These outcomes are listed below:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering and technology to solve broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline;
  2. An ability to design systems, components or processes meeting specified needs for broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline;
  3. An ability to apply written, oral and graphical communication in broadly-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 analyze and interpret the results to improve processes; and
  5. An ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team.


Message from the Program Director


The Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) Program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, and provides the broad skill set required for entry-level success and long term progression in the dynamic and broad career areas in electrical engineering technology.

Graduates of this program are eligible to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination in Virginia and many other states. This exam is the first step to obtaining a professional engineer (PE) license.

Students in all areas of specialization receive a core education in basic electrical circuits, computer-oriented hardware including electronics, microprocessors and digital systems, and electrical power and machinery, and they focus on their chosen specialization through junior and senior courses in communications, digital circuits and systems, advanced PLCs, control systems, smart grids, alternative energies, microcomputer-based design, and local area networks. At course level students are also exposed to current cyber-security issues related to various systems they study. The program culminates with a senior project that integrates course work with a practical project assignment in the student's area of interest.

To satisfy the upper-division general education requirements, students must complete a minor in Engineering, Science or Cyber-Security. Through the University's distance learning program, the Electrical Engineering Technology program provides opportunities for technical personnel throughout the state and elsewhere to enhance their education and pursue baccalaureate level studies.