Semester Catalog

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View the semester catalog for Electronic Engineering Technology here (PDF 37KB)

The field of Electronic Engineering Technology involves testing, troubleshooting,
repairing, or installing a variety of electronic printed circuit boards or systems.
Graduates are electronic technicians that may perform a broad range of tasks for
manufacturing companies or providers of telephone or data networks. An electronic
technician generally works under the supervision of engineers and may support design
engineers developing a new product by assembling prototypes and testing them to
verify their operation. Or the technician may be in the manufacturing department and
test and repair products. They also may repair customer products, provide technical
support to customers, or assist the sales organization with technical support. Datacom
and telecom companies employ electronic technicians to install and maintain their
networks. Technicians are hands-on practitioners who know how to apply algebra and
trigonometry to real-life problems, or run computer simulations to analyze circuits.
To advance in these careers, it is also important to develop skills in communicating
the problems, ideas and solutions to others in the company. Those graduates in
departments, which interface with customers, must also develop people skills.
Many graduates choose to continue their education and are accepted into Electronic
Technology programs leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. Articulation
agreements are in place with Wentworth Institute of Technology and University of
Massachusetts Dartmouth. Alternatively, a graduate could choose to pursue a degree
in business, acquiring both technical and business skills. Others who choose to enter
the workforce are employed by companies producing consumer products, medical
device manufacturers, technology for other companies, defense contractors, or
network providers.

Curriculum

The curriculum is structured to provide a broad education, with students taking
courses in each of the recognized areas of analog circuits, digital circuits, processors,
writing skills, presentation skills, algebra, trigonometry, and elementary calculus,
computer application skills, programming skills, and problem solving skills. Typically
the electronics courses are three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory work,
reinforcing concepts and principles taught in the classroom and providing extensive
hands-on education.

Facilities

The electronics laboratory is equipped to provide students ample and meaningful
hands-on experience in breadboarding, testing, schematic capture, and simulation
of analog and digital circuits. Students will typically spend four hours a week in the
laboratory, confirming that the lecture material works in real life and is not unproven
theory. Students follow the laboratory experiment with a report where the results
are analyzed and discussed. In the laboratory, the students learn how to use standard
test equipment to build circuits, create schematics, and test circuits using standard
laboratory test equipment.

View the semester catalog for Biomedical Engineering Technology here (PDF 41.7KB)

Biomedical Engineering Technology appeals to students desiring to be
technical, and, at the same time, devote their careers to saving lives by helping doctors,
nurses and hospital patients. Graduates become biomedical technicians and maintain,
repair, and calibrate the electronic medical instruments used in healthcare. To advance
in these careers, it is also important to develop skills in communicating problems,
ideas and solutions to other employees.

This program will develop troubleshooting skills in analog circuits, digital circuits,
and processors. In addition, they must understand physiology, medical terminology
and the operation of medical instruments such as EKG instruments, defibrillators,
and incubators.

In the workforce, graduates are typically employed by hospitals or a subcontractor for
a hospital. Some graduates are employed by manufacturers of medical instruments or
medical devices, or as field support technicians, after earning experience in the field.
Although this program’s primary objective is workforce development, some graduates
choose to continue their education and are accepted into Electronic Technology
bachelor degree programs. Others pursue a degree in business, or continue their
education in clinical programs. However, students intending to continue full-time
education toward a bachelor’s degree in engineering technology are encouraged to
consider the Electronic Engineering Technology Program.

Curriculum

The curriculum is structured to provide a broad education, with students taking
courses in each of the recognized areas of analog circuits, digital circuits, processor
circuits and programming, writing skills, presentation skills, algebra and trigonometry.
Typically, the electronics courses are three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory
work, reinforcing concepts and principles taught in the classroom and providing
extensive hands-on education. The freshman year is identical to the Electronic
Engineering Technology program and transfer between the two programs is easy
during the first year.

Facilities

The electronics laboratory is equipped to provide students ample and meaningful
hands-on experience in breadboarding, testing, and schematic capture. Students
will typically spend four hours a week in the laboratory, confirming that the lecture
material works in real life and is not unproven theory. Second year students will be
trained on the theory and operation of the medical instruments in late afternoon
and evening courses at a local medical facility, and will also have an internship at a
local hospital during their last Semester.