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Fall 2018 Course Catalog 
Fall 2018 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Electrical Technology A.A.S.

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School: Mathematics, Science and Engineering
Academic Dept: Engineering 
HEGIS: 5301
Curriculum Chair: Richard Vaninwegen
Telephone: 914-606-8561


Important Note about Program Requirements

The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program in Fall 2018. 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.

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree Defined

The purpose of the A.A.S. is to be fully trained for immediate employment upon graduation. Students who opt to continue on to pursue higher levels of education are encouraged to check with the receiving institution regarding transferability of credits. Click to learn more  about the differences among award types.

Program Description

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.

Program Notes

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

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of basic electronic equipment.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to design functional electronic control equipment and embedded controls.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of microprocessors and their use.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to design functional basic electronic devices.
  5. Demonstrate understanding of various forms of electronic communication.

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements - 28 Credits

Students are required to fulfill a certain number of credits within the specific categories shown below. Where specific courses are not listed within these categories, courses must be selected from the list of SUNY General Education Courses .

Basic Communication (3 credits)

Humanities (3 credits)

Natural Sciences (8 credits)

The Arts, Foreign Language, Other World Civilizations (3 credits)

  • Select a course from ONE of the following categories:

                    The Arts – see SUNY General Education Courses  
                    Foreign Languages – see SUNY General Education Courses 
                    Other World Civilizations – see SUNY General Education Courses 

American History, Social Sciences, or Western Civilization (3 credits)

  • Select a course from ONE of the following categories:

                    American History – see SUNY General Education Courses  
                    Social Sciences – see SUNY General Education Courses 
                    Western Civilization – see SUNY General Education Courses  

Minimum Total Credits - 64

Educational Plan: The Educational Plan is an advisement tool that provides important information to students about how to complete this degree. Click to download the Electrical Technology A.A.S. Educational Plan (PDF) .

Career Path Opportunities

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Transfer Opportunities

Westchester Community College is committed to facilitating a smooth transfer process for its incoming and graduating students. To ensure its graduates enjoy a seamless transfer with junior status to another college in the same discipline at both institutions (transferred from/to) and are able to complete a bachelor’s degree within two years of full-time study upon transfer, Westchester Community College has signed Transfer Articulation Agreements with many colleges that offer bachelor’s degree programs. Visit to see a list of Articulation Agreements by institution or search by a specific program of study. Visit for additional transfer resources and contacts.

Transfer Scholarship Opportunities

Many colleges and universities are eager to have Westchester Community College graduates transfer to their institutions. Consider this an incentive to complete your WCC degrees with high honors!  Go to to view the many transfer scholarship opportunities to four-year colleges.

Getting Started

Are you a prospective Westchester Community College graduate? We look forward to seeing you soon! Apply today, then see the College’s Admissions and Enrollment Checklist.

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