Electrical Maintenance - Specialization Commercial Certificate

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

Certificate Requirements

Courses in this program

Certificate Classes

Course Course Code Credit Hours Link to course details

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 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 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

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