Electrical Engineering Technology (AAS)

Application Code: 
Degree Received: 
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

360 Virtual TourThe electrical engineering technology programs provide the skills and occupational competence necessary for entry into the field as an electronic or electrical technician or technologist. The technician works with and is responsible for all the electronic equipment in the field. Thus, in addition to a firm foundation in electrical circuit concepts, a technician must have laboratory experiences.

The electrical engineering technology programs emphasize basic knowledge and skills during the first year of the program. Studies include fundamental DC and AC circuit analysis and digital circuit logic to develop skills in use of electronic test equipment and in use of tools and printed circuit fabrication equipment. Laboratory experiments supplement classroom instruction and problem solving. Computer problem solving and simulation aid in course instruction.

The second year of the associate degree program continues the study of fundamental electronic circuits. The areas of study include microcontroller circuitry and programming, electronic communication circuits and systems, and IC circuit fabrication on silicon wafers.

Through a recent NYS Science, Technology, and Academic Research (NYSTAR®) grant opportunity, Alfred State has implemented a new semiconductor manufacturing laboratory cleanroom facility. The new microelectronics laboratory has been equipped with Modu-Lab® semiconductor device manufacturing equipment, which gives students realistic exposure to the semiconductor planer processes, the technology in which integrated circuits or “chips” are manufactured. Integrated circuits are extremely small circuits fabricated on a monolithic semiconductor substrate. The rapid advances in the number of transistors per chip have led to integrated circuits with increases in capability and performance and have changed virtually every aspect of our lives over the past three decades. Oxidation, diffusion, photolithography, etch, and vapor deposition stations allow the students the opportunity to design, fabricate, and test their own simple integrated circuit devices while gaining experience in microelectronic fabrication techniques. The understanding of general processes gained through laboratory experiences will prepare students to either continue their education in the microelectronics field or work in modern high-tech industrial laboratories found at companies like Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Kionix, Micron Technology, Motorola, National Semiconductor, and Texas Instruments to name a few. Students interested in a career in semiconductor manufacturing technology should consult with their adviser regarding selection of appropriate elective course work during their first semester.

A laptop computer is required for students entering the electrical engineering technology programs. See laptop specifications. Some courses may require specialized tools and/or electronic components.

Program Educational Objectives

The AAS in electrical engineering technology program produces graduates who:

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics and science using critical thinking and creative skills to solve electrical engineering problems;
  • Function professionally with effective communication and with ethical responsibility as individuals and as members of a multidisciplinary team;
  • Continuously improve and engage in life-long learning and adapt to a technologically advancing society;
  • Apply knowledge of contemporary issues and anticipate the impact of electrical engineering solutions on industry and the general public;
  • Use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary to support electrical engineering practice.
Student Learning 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; and 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.
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/Trigonometry
Recommended: Physics


Accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Features & Facilities: 
  • Emphasizes skills and occupational competency in electronics and electrical networks.
  • Extensive laboratory facilities, offering both theory and hands-on experience .
Articulation Agreements: 

Graduates may enroll in the bachelor of science (BS) program in electrical engineering technology at Alfred State College.

Graduation Requirements: 
  • 70 semester credit hours
  • 28 semester credit hours of liberal arts and sciences from at least five of the General Education content groups: mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, western civilization, American history, other world civilization, arts, foreign language, and basic communications (must include COMP 1503)
  • 2.0 cumulative grade point average, and 2.0 grade point average in major courses (ELET, EMET)
  • Approval of department faculty
Career Opportunities: 
  • Programs that can lead to green careersElectrical or Electronics Technician
  • Communications Technician
  • Computer Technician
  • Semiconductor Manufacturing Technician
  • Electrical Power Technician
Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program: 

Alfred State electrical engineering technology AAS graduates may enter directly into either the electrical engineering technology BS or technology management BBA degree program.

Typical Semester Layout: 

Approximately 12 to 15 hours are spent in classroom instruction each week with class size ranging from 20 to 30 students. Structured labs are nine to 12 hours a week. The student's academic adviser is a member of the engineering technology faculty.

First Semestercredits
COMP1503Freshman Composition3
ELET1111Digital Logic Lab1
ELET1133Digital Logic3
ELET1202Intro to Electrical Technology2
MATH1033College Algebra or higher*3
HPEDxxx1Phys Ed Elective1
Second Semestercredits
ELET1143Electronic Fabrication3
ELET1104Circuit Theory I4
ELET1151Circuit Theory I Lab1
MATH2043College Trigonometry or higher*3
PHYS1024General Physics I4
LITRxxx3Gen Education Literature Elective3
Third Semestercredits
ELET2124Electrical Power Circuits4
ELET2103Electronics Theory I3
ELET2151Electronics I Lab1
ELET2143Embedded Controller Fund3
PHYS2023General Physics II3
MATH1063Technical Calculus I3
Fourth Semestercredits
ELET3103Electronics II3
ELET3151Electronics II Lab1
ELET4224Alternative Energy Generation4
SPCH1083Effective Speaking3
 xxx3Gen Ed Elective3

*If not required, take LAS elective to complete degree requirements of 3 credits, otherwise take free elective.

Enrollment and Graduation Rates: 
Enrollment% Graduated in Two Years% Graduated in Three Years
Employment and Transfer Rate: 
Employment and Transfer Survey Details: 
Survey Details201020112012
Receiving Degrees435
Responding to Survey3 (75%)3 (100%)4 (80%)
Employed----1 (25%)
Employed in Field----1 (100%)
Transferred3 (100%)3 (100%)3 (75%)
Unemployed & Seeking Employment------
Unemployed & Not Seeking Employment------
Employment and Transfer Salary Information: 

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