Although the terms electrical and electronics engineering often are used interchangeably in academia and industry, there is a difference. Electronics engineering focuses on applications of electricity to control systems or signal processing, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Craven’s Electronics Engineering Technology curriculum prepares individuals to become technicians who design, build, install, test, troubleshoot, repair, and modify developmental and production electronic components, equipment, and systems. Students will be able to work with industrial/computer controls, manufacturing systems, communication systems, and power electronic systems.
A broad-based core of courses, including basic electricity, solid-state fundamentals, digital concepts, and microprocessors, ensures that students will develop the skills necessary to perform entry-level tasks. Emphasis in the program is placed on students’ ability to analyze and troubleshoot electronic systems. As an Associate in Applied Science degree, the Electronics Engineering Technology program requires students to complete two semesters of algebra and trigonometry, as well as communications, psychology and a humanities/fine arts course to complete the 69 SHC required.
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:
- Safely and effectively use common tools and operate test equipment found in the electronic field.
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of the principles and concepts associated with electronic circuits and systems and the proper utilization of equipment.
- Read, interpret, and employ electronic schematics (both component and functional block diagrams) in the installation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of electronic circuits and systems.
- Perform preventive maintenance, troubleshoot, and repair a variety of electronic circuits and systems.
Graduates should qualify for employment in jobs such as:
- electronics engineering technician
- field service technician
- maintenance technician
- electronic tester
- electronic systems integrator
- bench technician
- production control technician.
While the AAS is a degree leading to immediate job placement upon graduation, Craven Community College has a special relationship for transfer to BS degrees in Industrial Technology with Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, NC A and T University, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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Courses in this program
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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.
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.
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.
This course introduces the fundamentals of electronic communication systems. Topics include the frequency spectrum, electrical noise, modulation techniques, characteristics of transmitters and receivers, and digital communications. Upon completion, students should be able to interpret analog and digital communication circuit diagrams, analyze transmitter and receiver circuits, and use appropriate communication test equipment.