Associate in Occupational Studies Degree

Electrical Technology

This program exposes students to a variety of fundamental skills utilized in entry-level electrical and electronics technician positions. Students are exposed to the theory of various electronics and electrical circuitry in a classroom environment and to various techniques and applications in a laboratory environment.

This program offers graduates an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills that can help them pursue careers in a variety of entry-level electrical and electronics engineering technology positions, such as electronics technician, service technician, telecommunications technician and electrical technician.

Graduates who have difficulty distinguishing colors may not be able to perform the essential functions of various positions involving electrical engineering technology.

Refer to the Admission section of this catalog for information relating to the Admission Requirements and Procedures for this program.

In laboratory, students typically work in teams. Students will have the opportunity to use the following school equipment as required throughout the program: computers, applications programs relevant to the field, standard hand tools and various pieces of test equipment which include the multimeter, power supply, oscilloscope and signal generator. Refer to Student Equipment in the Online Course Information section of this catalog for information relating to the student equipment requirements for the distance education courses that are taught online over the Internet.

Classes generally range in size from 20 to 40 students. Depending on the course subject matter, certain classes may contain a greater or lesser number of students.

Course Number Course Credit Hours
CO2520
Communications

This course focuses on the communication skills and attitudes required to be effective in a professional environment. Students compile and present a portfolio of their projects and create and evaluate a variety of business communications. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 54 credits earned in the program of study including EN1320 Composition I or equivalent

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4.5
EN1320
Composition I

This course examines phases of the writing process, with emphasis on the structure of writing and techniques for communicating clearly, precisely and persuasively. Prerequisite: GS1145 Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

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4.5
EN1420
Composition II

This course builds on the foundations of Composition I with emphasis on rhetorical structures, argumentation and research. Students study how to make strong arguments using visual and oral communication techniques. Prerequisite: EN1320 Composition I or equivalent

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4.5
MA1210
College Mathematics I

This course focuses on fundamental mathematical concepts including quadratic, polynomial and radical equations, linear functions and their graphs, systems of linear equations, functions and their properties and matrices. Activities will include solving problems and using appropriate technological tools. Prerequisite: GS1140 Problem Solving Theory or equivalent

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4.5
MA1310
College Mathematics II

This course will include the following concepts: exponential and logarithmic equations and functions, graphs of trigonometric functions, trigonometric equations, polar coordinates, oblique triangles, vectors and sequences. Prerequisite: MA1210 College Mathematics I or equivalent

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4.5
PH2530
Physics

This course introduces students to the principles of general physics. Practical applications demonstrate the theory. This course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: MA1310 College Mathematics II or equivalent

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4.5
SP2750
Group Theory

This course is an overview of the theory related to groups of people bonded by task or culture. Emphasis is on communication, critical thinking and group process theory, including social exchange theory, structuration theory, functional theory, group ethics, diversity and related communication conflicts, group decision-making, creativity, leadership and gender. Prerequisite: EN1320 Composition I or equivalent

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4.5
Subtotal 31.5
Course Number Course Credit Hours
ET1210
DC-AC Electronics

This course examines properties and operations of electronics systems and circuits. Topics include types of circuits, electromagnetism, frequency, capacitance, transformers and voltage. Students apply electronics laws to solve circuit problems. Prerequisite or Corequisite: MA1210 College Mathematics I or equivalent

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4.5
ET1220
Digital Fundamentals

In this course, students examine the differences between analog and digital signals. Topics include transmission methods, binary data, logic operations, logic circuits, logic symbols, registers and counters. Prerequisite: ET1210 DC-AC Electronics or equivalent; Prerequisite or Corequisite: MA1210 College Mathematics I or equivalent

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4.5
ET1310
Solid State Devices

In this course, students study a variety of electronic devices, such as semiconductors, diodes, transistors and amplifiers. Bias circuits and methods and switching applications are discussed. Students analyze circuits and troubleshoot a power supply. Prerequisite: ET1210 DC-AC Electronics or equivalent

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4.5
ET1410
Integrated Circuits

This course explores principles of operational amplifier circuits (op-amps), AC and DC parameters and applications for power amplifiers, feedback, oscillation and line and load regulation. Students analyze and troubleshoot op-amp circuits. Prerequisite: ET1310 Solid State Devices or equivalent

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4.5
ET2530
Electronic Communications

In this course, students explore topics of electronic communications, such as the electromagnetic frequency spectrum, frequency bands, modulation, digital data, antennas, transmission lines and loads, government services and fiber optics. Exercises include diagramming modern transmitter and receiver components, plotting impedances, and making line and load conversions. Prerequisites: ET1410 Integrated Circuits or equivalent, ET1220 Digital Fundamentals or equivalent, MA1310 College Mathematics II or equivalent

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4.5
ET2560
Introduction to C Programming

This course is designed to help students understand the fundamental concepts and terminology of computer programming and practical skills used in designing, writing and debugging simple computer programs in C. Prerequisite: NT1110 Computer Structure and Logic or equivalent

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4.5
ET2640
Microprocessors and Microcontrollers

This course examines the creation, assembly, features, function, programming and product applications of contemporary microprocessors and microcontrollers. Students perform exercises in planning, designing, implementing and debugging functional microcontrollers. Prerequisites: ET1220 Digital Fundamentals or equivalent, ET1410 Integrated Circuits or equivalent, ET2560 Introduction to C Programming or equivalent

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4.5
ET2750
Programmable Logic Controllers

In this course, students study components, operations, maintenance and troubleshooting of programmable logic controllers (PLC). Topics include I/O addressing, ladder schematics, scan sequence, sensors, actuators, controls, data manipulation methods, timers and counters, sequencers and shift-registers. Students have a PLC project in this course. Prerequisites: ET1220 Digital Fundamentals or equivalent, ET1410 Integrated Circuits or equivalent

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4.5
ET2799
Electrical Engineering Technology Capstone Project

Final capstone project with fundamental review provides students with a design experience and integration of knowledge in electronics and computers gained in previous coursework, as well as a means to practice problem solving and teamwork, project management, technical writing skills and project presentation skills. Prerequisites: Must be taken during the student's final quarter of study, and requires prior satisfactory completion of ET2640 Microprocessors and Microcontrollers or equivalent

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4.5
NT1110
Computer Structure and Logic

The organization of a computer is examined in a typical operating systems environment. Terminology and underlying principles related to major computer functions are discussed in the context of hardware and software environments.

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4.5
NT1210
Introduction to Networking

This course serves as a foundation for the study of computer networking technologies. Concepts in data communications, such as signaling, coding and decoding, multiplexing, circuit switching and packet switching, OSI and TCP/IP models, LAN/WAN protocols, network devices and their functions, topologies and capabilities are discussed. Industry standards and the development of networking technologies are surveyed in conjunction with a basic awareness of software and hardware components used in typical networking and internetworking environments. Prerequisite: NT1110 Computer Structure and Logic or equivalent

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4.5
Subtotal 49.5
Course Number Course Credit Hours
GS1140
Problem Solving Theory

This course introduces students to fundamental principles, strategies and methods of problem solving theory.

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4.5
GS1145
Strategies for the Technical Professional

This course reviews characteristic and trends of the global information society including basic information processing, Internet research, other skills used by the technical professionals and techniques that can be used for independent technical learning.

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4.5
GS2745
Advanced Strategies for the Technical Professional+

This course focuses on skills, characteristics and attitudes that contribute to professional life. Topics include personal integrity, business communication skills, teamwork and conflict resolution, financial literacy, professional work habits, networking and social media, and lifelong learning. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 65 credits earned in the program of study including GS1145 Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

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3.0
Subtotal 12.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
Program Total
93.0
Subtotal 93.0

Notes

NOTE: The course descriptions for the courses in this program are in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog . The school may, at any time in its discretion, vary the offering and/or sequence of courses in this program, revise the curriculum content of the program or any course in the program and change the number of credit hours in the program or in any program course.