Electrical Engineering Technology Diploma

Program Description

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 40 SHC 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.

Admission Criteria

Admission to this program requires that students be high school graduates or have a recognized equivalency. It is suggested a student have credit for DMA 050 to begin study in ELC 131, the foundation course for Electrical Engineering Technology.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency to safely and effectively utilize common tools and test equipment found in the electronics/electrical field.
  • Demonstrate proficiency to safely and
    effectively perform preventive maintenance, troubleshoot and repair a variety of electronic circuits and machines.
  • Demonstrate proficiency to read, interpret, and employ electronic schematics in the installation, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of electronic circuits and systems.
  • Demonstrate proficiency, knowledge and understanding of the National Electrical
    Code (NEC) to determine proper methods,
    materials and protection for branch circuits, feeders, service equipment and general
    utilization equipment.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may seek employment as technicians, engineering assistants, technical managers, or salespersons in:

  • electrical generation/distribution
  • industrial maintenance
  • electronics repair
  • other fields requiring a broad-based knowledge of electrical and electronics concepts.

Contact Information

Executive Director of Career Programs
252-638-7372

Admissions Office
252-638-7430

Diploma Requirements

The following suggested schedule is based on full-time enrollment. Part-Time Students begin with ACA-111, ELC-131, ISC-112. Continue with sequence of required courses. General education courses may be taken at any time. For information about prerequisites and corequisites, please refer to the catalog.

Courses in this program

First Semester

Semester Credit Hours: 14

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This course introduces the college's physical, academic, and social environment and promotes the personal development essential for success. Topics include campus facilities and resources; policies, procedures, and programs; study skills; and life management issues such as health, self-esteem, motivation, goal-setting, diversity, and communication. Upon completion, students should be able to function effectively within the college environment to meet their educational objectives.

Lecture Hours: 1  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 1 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces DC and AC electricity with an emphasis on circuit analysis, measurements, and operation of test equipment. Topics include DC and AC principles, circuit analysis laws and theorems, components, test equipment operation, circuit simulation, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to interpret circuit schematics; design, construct, verify, and analyze DC/AC circuits; and properly use test equipment.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 3  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 4 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course is designed to develop the ability to produce clear writing in a variety of genres and formats using a recursive process. Emphasis includes inquiry, analysis, effective use of rhetorical strategies, thesis development, audience awareness, and revision. Upon completion, students should be able to produce unified, coherent, well-developed essays using standard written English.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take One Set:,Set 1: DRE-097,Set 2: ENG-002,Set 3: BSP-4002
  • Corequisites:
    Take ENG-011

This course introduces the principles of industrial safety. Emphasis is placed on industrial safety and OSHA regulations. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of a safe working environment and OSHA compliance.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 2 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course provides an integrated approach to technology and the skills required to manipulate, display, and interpret mathematical functions and formulas used in problem solving. Topics include the properties of plane and solid geometry, area and volume, and basic proportion applications; simplification, evaluation, and solving of algebraic equations and inequalities and radical functions; complex numbers; right triangle trigonometry; and systems of equations.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 2  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take One Set:,Set 1: DMA-010, DMA-020, DMA-030, DMA-040, DMA-050,Set 2: DMA-025, DMA-040, DMA-050,Set 3: DMA-025, DMA-045,Set 4: DMA-010, DMA-020, DMA-030, DMA-045,Set 5: MAT-003 ,Set 6: BSP-4003
  • Corequisites:
    Take MAT-021

Second Semester

Semester Credit Hours: 15

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This course introduces the care/usage of tools and materials used in residential electrical installations and the requirements of the National Electrical Code. Topics include NEC, electrical safety, and electrical print reading; planning layout; and installation of electrical distribution equipment; lighting; overcurrent protection; conductors; branch circuits; and conduits. Upon completion, students should be able to properly install conduits, wiring, and electrical distribution equipment associated with residential electrical installations.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 2  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 4 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces the characteristics and applications of semiconductor devices and circuits. Emphasis is placed on analysis, selection, biasing, and applications. Upon completion, students should be able to construct, analyze, verify, and troubleshoot analog circuits using appropriate techniques and test equipment.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 3  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 4 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course covers combinational and sequential logic circuits. Topics include number systems, Boolean algebra, logic families, medium scale, integration (MSI) and large scale integration (LSI) circuits, analog to digital (AD) and digital to analog (DA) conversion, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to construct, analyze, verify, and troubleshoot digital circuits using appropriate techniques and test equipment.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 3  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 4 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course covers magnetic circuits, transformers, DC/AC machines, and the three-phase circuit fundamentals including power factor. Topics include magnetic terms and calculations, transformer calculations based on primary or secondary equivalent circuits, and regulation and efficiency calculations. Upon completion, students should be able to perform regulation and efficiency calculations for DC/AC machine circuits.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 2  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

Third Semester

Semester Credit Hours: 12

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This course introduces the fundamental concepts of motors and motor controls. Topics include ladder diagrams, pilot devices, contactors, motor starters, motors, and other control devices. Upon completion, students should be able to properly select, connect, and troubleshoot motors and control circuits.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 2  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 4 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course covers the use of the current National Electrical Code. Topics include the NEC history, wiring methods, overcurrent protection, materials, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to effectively use the NEC.

Lecture Hours: 1  Lab Hours: 1  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 2 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course covers branch circuit, feeder, and service calculations. Emphasis is placed on sections of the National Electrical Code related to calculations. Upon completion, students should be able to use appropriate code sections to size, wire, conduit, and overcurrent devices for branch, circuits, feeders, and service.

Lecture Hours: 1  Lab Hours: 1  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 2 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course provides a detailed study of PLC applications, with a focus on design of industrial controls using the PLC. Topics include PLC components, memory organization, math instructions, documentation, input/output devices, and applying PLCs in industrial control systems. Upon completion, students should be able to select and program a PLC system to perform a wide variety of industrial control functions.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 3  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 4 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None