Associate in Applied Science in Telecommunications Engineering Technology

This unique program prepares students to enter the exciting and rapidly expanding field of telecommunications with a wide range of skills needed for employment, advancement and continuous education in this high-tech industry. Two degree programs are available-an associate in applied science (AAS) in telecommunications engineering technology and a bachelor of technology (BTech) in telecommunications engineering technology.

Students in the associate degree program learn to install, test, maintain and operate a wide spectrum of telecommunications networks for voice, data, and video transmission and networking, as well as the technical principles and theory on which these devices and systems are based. The computer is used as an instructional tool throughout the curriculum. The theories of telephony, data communications and transmission are reinforced in up-to-date laboratories built in close collaboration with regional industry.

Graduates may work as communications engineering technicians and continue their education to earn a bachelor's degree. Additional job titles for AAs graduated include PBX technician, fiber optics technician, telecommunications service representative, field technician, data communications engineering technician network operations technician and communications engineering technician.

Employers of recent graduates include LIRR, MTA, Citicorp, Board of Education, Verizon, AST, Western Union, SIAC, Avaya, NYPD, JPMorgan Chase and IST.

Verizon Next Step Program. Our college is a member of the college consortium in the Northeast participating in the Verizon Next Step Program, in which selected Verizon employees enroll in customized telecommunications associate-degree program sponsored and funded by the company and the Communication Workers of America. Enrollment in this program is limited to Verizon employees who have been selected for the program. The aim of the program is to create a workforce with advanced technical skills coupled with teamwork and team-building skills, an aptitude for critical thinking and problem solving, and for forming good interpersonal relations.

To be admitted to the telecommunication engineering technology associate program, an entering student must be certified in reading and mathematics.


The program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

To accomplish its mission, the ETET department has established the following Program Educational Objectives (PEO) and Program Student Outcomes (PSO) for the Telecommunications Engineering Technology curriculum (AAS degree).

Program Educational Objectives

  1. Secure gainful and meaningful careers as telecommunications technicians.
  2. Embark on careers of personal and professional growth.
  3. Pursue life-long learning to enhance their undergraduate degree, through formal education and/or certification in order to improve their careers.

Program Student Outcomes
General (Adopted from ETAC/ABET Criterion 3)

Students demonstrate:

  1. an ability to apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to narrowly defined engineering technology activities;
  2. 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;
  3. an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements, and to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments;
  4. an ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team;
  5. an ability to identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined engineering technology problems;
  6. 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;
  7. an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;
  8. an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity; and
  9. a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

Discipline Specific
(Adopted from ETAC/ABET Program Criteria)

Students demonstrate knowledge and hands on competence in:

  1. the application of electric circuits, computer programming, associated software, analog and digital electronics, voice and data communications, and the principles of telecommunications systems in the solution of telecommunications problems.
  2. the applications of physics to telecommunications systems in a rigorous mathematical environment at or above the level of algebra and trigonometry.

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