Although the terms electrical and electronics engineering are often used interchangeably in academia, in industry, they are quite different. The Electrical Engineering Technology diploma is designed to provide training for entry-level technicians desiring a career in electrical maintenance and management or in the design, planning, construction, development, and installation of electrical systems, machines, and power generating equipment.
According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, electrical engineering technology involves the generation and supply of power. This program includes various hands-on laboratory classes that focus on current issues in the application of electrical engineering principles. Electrical Engineering Technology prepares students for practical design and production work.
Beginning with electrical fundamentals, coursework in the Electrical Engineering Technology program progressively introduces electronics, electrical machines and controls, and electrical power systems. In the curriculum, students learn the basics of DC and AC electrical circuits. Other coursework includes the study of various fields associated with the electrical/electronics industry. Students learn basic algebra and trigonometry concepts, as well as receive a thorough grounding in industrial safety.
Successful graduates of this program may find employment opportunities in the following areas:
- Electrical generation/distribution
- Electronics repair
- Industrial electronics maintenance
- Other fields requiring a broad-based knowledge of electrical and electronics concepts
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