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Electrical Engineering Technology Degree

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Associate in Applied Science Degree


Four-Semester (Two-Year) Program


The growth of electrical manufacturing industries, electrical utility companies and industries which consume large quantities of electrical energy in Virginia and the Southeastern section of the United States has established a continuing demand for electrical technicians. The Electrical Engineering Technology program has been designed to produce trained and skilled persons ready for full-time employment as technicians who can function as installation and maintenance persons, and as liaisons between engineering and electrical maintenance and assembly personnel.

Occupational Objectives

Admission Requirements

Entry into most curriculum courses in Electrical Engineering Technology require that students be eligible for MTH 115.

Program Requirements

The Electrical Technology program has been designed to emphasize practical applications of the theory of AC and DC electricity. Courses in specialized areas concentrate on the generation and distribution of electric power as well as the theory of rotating electromechanical equipment. Approximately 50 percent of the course work is in the specialized area of Electrical Engineering Technology and approximately 25 percent in supporting or related courses. The remainder of the program is composed of general education courses. Upon satisfactory completion of the four-semester program, the graduate will be awarded an Associate in Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. All students must complete the requirements for the common core courses before entering the second year.

The rapid rate of change in current technologies requires that course content in technical areas reflect this change. Therefore, courses completed and submitted for acceptance toward an Associate in Applied Science degree in this program should have been completed no longer than seven years prior to graduation. Courses completed more than seven years prior to graduation must be evaluated by the department for content agreeable to current academic and technological standards. Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college after completing A.A.S. degree requirements should inform their academic advisors at the beginning of studies to determine the appropriate courses to meet transfer requirements.

Advanced Placement

Students who have completed a two-year high school electrical or electronics program or students who have completed electrical courses and have occupational experience may qualify for advanced placement. Proficiency tests will be administered, upon request, to determine placement level and the amount of credit to be awarded.

List of Courses


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Program Courses

First Semester (Fall)

ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications & Concepts 3
ENG 111 College Composition I (or ENG 115) 3
ETR 113 DC & AC Fundamentals I 4
MTH 115 Technical Mathematics I (or MTH 163) 3
SAF 127 Industrial Safety 2
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1


Second Semester (Spring)

ETR 101 Electrical / Electronics Calculations I 3
ETR 114 DC & AC Fundamentals II 4
ETR 203 Electronic Devices I 4
ETR 167 Logic Circuits & Systems I 4
PHY 131 Applied Physics I 3


Third Semester (Fall)

ELE 127 Residential Wiring Methods 2
ELE 211 Electrical Machines I 4
ELE 233 PLC System I 3
ETR 204 Electronic Devices II 4
__ __ Social Science Elective 1 3


Fourth Semester (Spring)

ELE 138 National Electrical Code Review I 2
ELE 212 Electrical Machines II 4
ETR 249 Electrical Control Systems 4
SPD 137 Oral Interpretation 3
__ __ Social Science Elective 1 3
__ __ Health or Physical Education 2
  Total Minimum Credits 68

Students may choose from college approved Social Science electives.

NOTE: All courses must be taken in sequence with at least the following minimum co- and pre-requisite requirements.


ETR 113 Corequisite MTH 04
ETR 114 Corequisite MTH 115
ETR 203 Corequisite
ETR 114
ETR 167 Corequisite
ETR 203
MTH 115
ELE 233 Prerequisite
ETR 167
ETR 204
ELE 211 Prerequisite ETR 114
ETR 249 Prerequisite ELE 211


Note: ELE 115 is strongly recommended for students who do not have a background in electricity, electronics, or instrumentation and who are enrolled in MTH 03.