Rochester Institute of Technology

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Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Electrical Engineering Technology BS

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science program in Electrical Engineering Technology is designed to meet the growing needs for engineering professionals in a rapidly changing society.  Students are provided the opportunity to become knowledgeable in the practical application of mathematical and scientific principles in the field of electrical engineering.  Graduates of this program can analyze a problem, design an electrical solution, and implement the solution using current technology.  The 5-year curriculum includes more than one year of related engineering experience gained through cooperative education employment.  Students can choose a degree option in audio or telecommunications.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science Degree (5 year program, includes one year of co-op)


  • Approximately 150 students enrolled full-time.

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Students are available for two 6-7 month assignments.

Salary Information

Co-op:        $18.25                                  $12.50 - $28.00
BS:              $68,000                                $62,000 - $75,000

Student Skills & Capabilities

  • The program teaches students to master the fundamentals of electronics and then apply them to improve existing technology. Students are skilled in troubleshooting and analysis of problems, design of electrical solutions and implementation of solutions using current technology.
  •  Students work with state-of-the-art equipment in sophisticated labs that allow for significant hands-on experience. Students complete a minimum of 14 laboratory-based courses within the Electrical, Computer & Telecommunications Engineering Technology Department. 
  • Computer Skills:  C++, object oriented programming and the ability to use software packages, i.e. Microprocessor & Microcontroller programming languages, PSPICE, MATLAB, VHDL, Digital Signal Processing.


The Electrical Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Equipment & Facilities

Circuits Studio Laboratory
Textronix TDS 3012 Oscilloscope, HP 3000 Series Equipment, GW Instek Power Supply, Weller Solder Station, DC Motor Control Modules, Desktop Computer
Audio Recording Studio
Used to record and mix audio sessions. DigiDesign Pro Tools HD2, HD Analog I/O, ATB32 Toft Console, DBX 1066 Compressor, Lexicon PCM 92, Alesis ADAT 24
Renewable Energy Lab
Used to design and test solar and hydrogen fuel systems. Dell Optiplex 755 Workstations, HP 33120A Function Generator, HP 33401A Digital Multimeter, Tektronix TDS 3012 Oscilloscope, HP E3631A Power Supply, Agilent 86143B Optical Spectrum Analyzer, Sunpower SPR-225ACPV Solor Panel, ERA 180 Watt Solar Panel, Fuel Cell Trainer, Exphil PSH-6018 Power Supply, Simplex SWIFT-E Load Bank, Rainwise Wind Data Logger.
Electronics Laboratory
Textronix TDS 3012 Oscilloscope, HP 3000 Series Equipment, Desktop Computer, Agilent Spectrum Analyzer, HP 8904 Signal Synthesizer, Weller Soldering Station, Labview Software, GW Instek Power Supply
Electronic Design Automation Laboratory
VHDL Development, Digital Simulation Software, Analog Simulation Software, Desktop Computer, Networking, DigiDesign M-Box 2 Pro
 Embedded Systems Design Laboratory
Tektronix TLA714 132 Channel Logic Analyzer, Agilent Infinium Oscilloscope, Tektronix Test Equipment, Desktop Computer with Dual Monitors, State-of-the-Art Development Tools
Opto Electronics Laboratory
Tektronix TDS 3012 Oscilloscope, HP 33120A  Function Generator, RSR Regulated Power Supply, Printed Circuit Board Prototype Facilities

Nature of Work

Electrical engineersdesign, develop, test, and supervise the manufacture of electrical equipment. Some of this equipment includes electric motors; machinery controls, lighting, and wiring in buildings; automobiles; aircraft; radar and navigation systems; and power generation, control, and transmission devices used by electric utilities. Although the terms electrical and electronics engineering often are used interchangeably in academia and industry, electrical engineers have traditionally focused on the generation and supply of power, whereas electronics engineers have worked on applications of electricity to control systems or signal processing. Electrical engineers specialize in areas such as power systems engineering or electrical equipment manufacturing. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook)

Training / Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree in engineering is required for almost all entry-level engineering jobs. College graduates with a degree in a natural science or mathematics occasionally may qualify for some engineering jobs, especially in specialties in high demand. Most engineering degrees are granted in electrical, electronics, mechanical, or civil engineering. However, engineers trained in one branch may work in related branches. For example, many aerospace engineers have training in mechanical engineering. This flexibility allows employers to meet staffing needs in new technologies and specialties in which engineers may be in short supply. It also allows engineers to shift to fields with better employment prospects or to those that more closely match their interests. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Job Outlook

Job growth for electrical and electronics engineers will largely occur in engineering services firms, because more companies are expected to cut costs by contracting engineering services rather than directly employing engineers. These engineers will also experience job growth in computer systems design, as these industries continue to implement more powerful portable computing  devices. The rapid pace of technological innovation and development will likely drive demand for electrical and electronics engineers in research and development, an area in which engineering expertise will be needed to develop distribution systems related to new technologies. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H’13-‘14.)

Job Titles

Electrical Engineer, Design Engineer, Research Engineer, Project Engineer, Applications Engineer, Scientist.


Electrical and electronics engineers held about 154,000 jobs in 2010. About 36 percent of engineering jobs were found in manufacturing industries and another 30 percent were in the professional, scientific, and technical services sector, primarily in architectural, engineering, and related services. Many engineers also worked in the construction, telecommunications, and wholesale trade industries. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

American Honda Motor, Amphenol Aerospace, Alstom, Anaren Microwave, Ashly Audio,  Borg Warner, BOSE, Bosch Security System, Cisco, Con Edison, Cummins Engine, D3, Eaton, Emerson, Ford, GE, General Dynamics, General Motors, Harris Corp, Hasbro, Iberdrola,  iRobot, Intel, Intersil, ITT, Knorr Bremse,  L-3 Communications, Lockheed Martin, MKS/ENI, National Grid, Northrup Grumman, Philips, SpaceX, Siemens, TE, Texas Instruments, Toyota, Ultralife Batteries, Ultra Electronics Flightline Systems, Welch Allyn Inc., and many others.

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Maria Pagani Wiegand, the career services coordinator who works with the Electrical Engineering Technology program. You can access information about services through our web site at
Maria Pagani Wiegand, Career Services Coordinator,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.5458
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center
57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603
Unless otherwise noted, information is based upon data collected by RIT Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education.