A Note about Program Requirements
The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program in Fall 2015/Spring 2016. Students who entered the program during a prior semester will find their specific requirements listed in the Catalog under which they entered. Archived Catalogs are accessible through the dropdown menu above.
The Electrical Technology Department offers courses that keep abreast of rapid change in technology. For example, it took 2,400 years to advance from the abacus to the first vacuum tube computer which filled a room and it has taken only 25 years to advance to a computer on a microchip. Today, technology in electronics changes in a matter of months. The electrical technology program emphasizes a multi-discipline approach to support aspects of power utilities, and support the growth of electronics in health care, computers, automotive control, robotics and automation. As the electronics industry evolves the program is updated to keep up-to-date and prepare a student for a career in this field.
Graduates may transfer to four-year institutions offering Bachelor of Technology or Bachelor of Electrical Engineering Technology programs. These courses are also offered in the evening.
In addition to fundamental courses in electricity and electronics, our electrical students study solid state materials, semiconductor devices, microprocessors, robotics, analog and digital communication, electrical machines, fiber optics, lasers, logic circuits, operational amplifiers, circuit design, energy conversion, computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided instruction (CAI). Modifications are constantly made in response to rapid technological changes to insure that the program is current.
To ensure that graduates become well-rounded professionals, candidates for the A.A.S. also received a solid background in the liberal arts. The holder of the Associate in Applied Science in Electrical Technology will be seen as a valued asset to his or her potential employers. The courses provide hands-on laboratories, circuit simulation as well as theory. The program is designed to support the growth of various allied fields which use electronics as part of their applications.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers:
The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) maintains a student chapter of this international, professional electrical society at Westchester Community College—Epsilon Omega Zeta, chartered in 1971. Throughout the year, the IEEE sponsors on-campus speakers on leading technical topics, day trips to electrical corporations, and travel to the annual Electro Exposition in New York, New Jersey, or Massachusetts. The IEEE aids students in employment search, college transfers, and exam review sessions. Westchester Community College has one of three worldwide student chapters of the Power Engineering Society (PES/IEEE).
Program Learning Outcomes
- Students will be able to understand basic electronic equipment.
- Students will be able to understand and design electronic control equipment and embedded controls.
- Students will understand microprocessors and their use.
- Students will be able to understand and design basic electronic devices.
- Students will understand various forms of electronic communication.