The electrical engineering technology program is designed to prepare graduates for career as electrical or electronics technicians. The curriculum includes a balanced distribution of lecture and laboratory courses, which provide an introduction to the design and development of basic electronic projects. Laboratory construction projects range from elementary circuit analysis to microprocessors. The computer is used as a learning tool throughout the curriculum. The department provides their graduates with a deep knowledge of technology coupled with a sound general education.
Major responsibilities of electronic technicians are mostly in maintenance and control of the installed equipment; however, it is the tendency to involve them in design, development, and research. The electronics technician usually works as part of an engineering team, which may include electrical engineers, engineering technicians and draftsmen. In a group concerned with engineering design, the electronics technician may determine the positions of electronic components on a panel or chassis, suggest design modifications to facilitate production, perform design calculations for engineers, prepares specifications for materials and components, estimate cost of design alternative and help write user and technical manuals for electronic equipment users. When working in research and development, the electronics technician may construct breadboard layouts of electronic devices, make experimental chassis and cabinets for prototype equipment, and setup special environmental and performance tests for new products, design and construct test fixtures and apparatus, plot graphs of test results and write reports, inspect and calibrate test equipment.
Graduates may work as electrical and electronic engineering technicians and continue their education to earn a bachelor's degree. Employers of recent graduates include LIRR, MTA, Citicorp, Board of Education, Verizon, AST, Western Union, SIAC, Avaya, NYPD, Chase Manhattan Bank and IST.
The program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, ETAC/ABET www.abet.org
To accomplish its mission, the ETET department has established the following Program Educational Objectives (PEO) and Program Student Outcomes (PSO) for the Electrical Engineering Technology curriculum (AAS degree).
Students demonstrate knowledge and hands on competence in: