Semester Catalog - Electronic Engineering Technology
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.
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.
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.