Electrical Engineering Technology (BS)

Application Code: 
0216
Degree Received: 
Bachelor of Science (BS)
Description: 

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 experience.

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 BS 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;
  • Design electrical engineering systems, components, or processes to meet industry needs;
  • Design electrical engineering experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data to support the problem solving process and project design.
Student Learning Outcomes: 
  • An ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities. 
  • An ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies. 
  • An ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes. 
  • An ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives. 
  • An ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team. 
  • An ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-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 knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context. 
  • 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. 
  • The ability to analyze, design, and implement control systems, instrumentation systems, communications systems, computer systems, or power systems. 
  • The ability to apply project management techniques to electrical/electronic(s) systems. 
  • The ability to utilize statistics/probability, transform methods, discrete mathematics, or applied differential equations in support of electrical/electronic(s) systems.
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/Trigonometry, SAT and/or ACT scores with a recommended combined SAT score of 1,000 (critical reading and math) or a composite ACT score of 21.
Recommended: Physics

Accreditation/Certification: 

This program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

The bachelor of science degree in engineering technology is recognized as a "professional degree" that qualifies for experience/education credit toward New York Professional Engineering Licensure. Graduates from Alfred State's program are allowed six years of the required 12 years of education/experience credit and are eligible to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE), formerly called Engineer-in-Training (EIT), examination upon graduation.

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

Agreements exist for AAS graduates from Alfred State, Broome Community College, SUNY Canton, Corning Community College, Genesee Community College, Jamestown Community College, Mohawk Valley Community College, Monroe Community College, and SUNY Morrisville.

Graduation Requirements: 
  • 138 semester credit hours 
  • 60 semester credit hours of liberal arts and sciences from at least seven 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)
  • Minimum of 45 hours upper division
  • Minimum of 24 hours upper division in major
  • Minimum of 30 hours upper division in residence
  • 2.0 cumulative grade point average, and 2.0 grade point average in major courses (BSET, ELET, EMET, CISY)
  • Approval of department faculty

Courses which repeat or significantly overlap courses taken in the student's associate degree program cannot be taken for upper level credit. If the associate degree covered the subject matter in one of the required baccalaureate courses, a different course must be substituted and approved by the faculty adviser.

Career Opportunities: 
  • Programs that can lead to green careersElectrical or Electronics Technologist
  • Communications Technologist
  • Computer Technologist
  • Semiconductor Manufacturing Technologist
  • Electrical Power Technologist
Transfer Opportunities: 

Several graduates of this program have completed master of science degrees in electrical engineering at a nearby university.

Typical Semester Layout: 

Approximately 12 to 15 hours are spent in classroom instruction each week with class size ranging from 16 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
ELET1001Seminar1
ELET1202Intro to Electrical Technology2
MECH1603Graphics/CAD3
MATH1033College Algebra3
HPEDxxx1Phys Ed Elective1
   17
Second Semestercredits
ELET1143Electronic Fabrication3
ELET1104Circuit Theory I4
ELET1151Circuit Theory I Lab1
MATH2043College Trigonometry3
PHYS1024General Physics I4
LITRxxx3Gen Education Literature Elective3
   18
Third Semestercredits
ELET2124Electrical Power Circuits4
ELET2103Electronics Theory I3
ELET2151Electronics I Lab1
ELET2143Embedded Controller Fund3
PHYS2023General Physics II3
MATH1063Technical Calculus I3
   17
Fourth Semestercredits
ELET3103Electronics II3
ELET3151Electronics II Lab1
ELET4224Alternative Energy Generation4
ELET4154Microelectronics4
SPCH1083Effective Speaking3
 xxx3Gen Ed Elective3
   18
Fifth Semestercredits
COMP5703Technical Writing3
CISY5123Scientific Prog in C & C++3
MATH2074Technical Calculus II4
EMET5004Instrumentation4
CHEM5013Applied Chem Principles3
   17
Sixth Semestercredits
ELET6004Advanced Power Systems4
MATH6114Differential Equations4
ELET4143Electrical Machines & Controls3
ELET7404Embedded & Real Time Systems4
ELET5113Electronic Communications3
   18
Seventh Semestercredits
 xxx3Gen Ed Elective3
BSET7001Senior Seminar & Project Design1
PHYS8013Modern Physics3
MATH7123Statistics for Engineering Technolgy3
MATH7113Econ Anal for Engr Tech3
ELET7104Inegrated Circuit Technology4
   17
Eighth Semestercredits
BSET8006Senior Internship OR6
BSET8003Senior Technical Project AND3
EMETxxx3Upper Level Professional Elective3
EMET6004Feedback Control Systems4
 xxx3Gen Education Elective3
 xxx3Gen Education Elective3
   16
Enrollment and Graduation Rates: 
Enrollment% Graduated in Four Years% Graduated in Six Years
 425%25%
Employment and Transfer Rate: 
100%
Employment and Transfer Survey Details: 
Survey Details201020112012
Receiving Degrees934
Responding to Survey6 (67%)2 (67%)2 (50%)
Employed6 (100%)2 (100%)1 (50%)
Employed in Field6 (100%)1 (50%)1 (100%)
Transferred----1 (50%)
Unemployed & Seeking Employment------
Unemployed & Not Seeking Employment------
Employment and Transfer Salary Information: 

$60,000 - $69,999 (1)