Electrical Engineering Technology bachelor of science degree

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Overview

Develop an in-depth understanding of electrical and electronics theory and its application, applied design, and implementation to electrical and electronic systems.


Electrical engineering technology is designed to meet industry’s ever-increasing need for engineers with an in-depth understanding of electrical and electronics theory. The degree provides students with the ability to specialize in specific areas of the discipline. Graduates work as engineers in a variety of industries including automotive, medical devices, power and energy, audio, telecommunications, and more.

The BS in electrical engineering technology provides students with a foundation in circuits, analog, and digital electronics, physics, and calculus. The third and fourth years expand on fundamental courses with more advanced courses in advanced circuits and electronics, transform methods, control systems, analog, and digital electronics, and applied differential equations. Students are able to choose from multiple electives to round out their degree. Electives include sequences in power systems, electronic communications, embedded systems, telecommunications, networking, and optics. Electives are also available in other technical disciplines, and the student’s academic adviser can assist in determining the best choices to meet career goals and objectives. The major provides a viable option for students who have already completed an associate degree and wish to complete a bachelor of science degree.

Core courses are introduced in the first year of study to provide students with a solid foundation in circuits, analog and digital electronics, computer programming, and calculus. The curriculum expands in later years to feature advanced study in advanced circuits and electronics, transform methods, control systems, analog, and digital electronics, and applied differential equations. Elective courses enable students to choose from a wide range of course options to further enhance their program of study and prepare them to archive their career goals. The major provides a viable option for students who have already completed an associate degree and wish to complete a bachelor of science degree.

Plan of study

A solid foundation in math, science, and the liberal arts, coupled with specialization in students’ particular areas of interest prepares graduates to immediately enter the workforce as design engineers or pursue advanced degrees. Electrical engineering technology majors will gain in-depth knowledge and a breadth of experience that inspire them to pursue successful careers in their chosen professional field and embark on a path of lifelong learning.

Options

Students who wish to specialize in a particular area of industry, or those who desire to pursue a personal interest, may elect to use electives to complete a four-course option in audio or telecommunications.

Cooperative education

Cooperative education, or co-op, is an increasingly valuable integrated, co-curricular experience required by many programs in the college. Students gain real-world experience and make life-long professional connections while earning a salary, which may help offset college costs. Engineering technology students are required to complete four co-op blocks. This typically includes one spring, one fall, and two summer terms, alternating periods of full-time study with full-time paid work experience in their career field. In some circumstances, other forms of experiential education, such as study abroad, research, or military service, may be used to fulfill part of the co-op requirement. Each student is assigned a co-op adviser to assist in identifying and applying to co-op opportunities.

Accreditation

The electrical engineering technology major is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Industries


  • Electronic and Computer Hardware

  • Computer Networking

  • Defense

  • Aerospace

  • Automotive

Typical Job Titles

Electrical Engineer Design Engineer
Research Engineer Project Engineer
Applications Engineer Controls Engineer
Test Engineer

96%

outcome rate of graduates

$69.8k

median first-year salary of graduates

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Curriculum

Electrical engineering technology, BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
MATH-111
Pre-Calculus
This course provides the background for an introductory level, trigonometry-based calculus course. Topics include functions and their graphs, with an emphasis on functions that commonly appear in calculus including polynomials, rational functions, trigonometric functions, exponential functions, and logarithmic functions. The course also includes the analytic geometry of conic sections. One hour each week will be devoted to a collaborative learning workshop.
3
EEET-111
DC Circuits
Develops the skills to analyze and design practical DC circuits used in electronic devices. Topics include resistance with circuit techniques of Ohm's Law; current and voltage division; simplification of series, parallel, series-parallel circuits: bridge and ladder networks: Kirchhoff's source conversions, branch analysis; Thevenin and Norton theorems; superposition theorems and nodal analysis. Inductance and capitance are introduced and transient circuits are studied.
3
EEET-112
DC Circuits Lab
Develops skills and practice in the design, fabrication, measurement and analysis of practical DC circuits used in electronic devices. Topics include the measurement relative to: resistance, current, and voltage with circuit techniques of Ohm's Law; current and voltage division; simplification of series, parallel, series-parallel circuits: bridge and ladder networks: Kirchhoff's Laws; power; and transient circuit behavior. Laboratory verification of DC analytical and techniques is included. Printed circuit board (PCB) design, fabrication, and assembly is also included emphasizing the development of soldering skill proficiency.
1
CPET-141
Digital Fundamentals
An introduction to digital electronics, emphasizing the concepts that are fundamental to any digital system: number systems, truth tables, Boolean algebra, Karnaugh maps, combinational and sequential logic, digital arithmetic, TTL/CMOS logic families and SSI, MSI, and PLD device implementation. Students, upon completion of this course, will have the necessary skills to analyze and design introductory combinational and sequential logic circuits.
2
CPET-142
Digital Fundamentals Lab
Laboratory work to complement the lecture material covered in Digital Fundamentals (CPET-141). The laboratories are designed to illustrate concepts, reinforce analysis and design skills, and develop instrumentation techniques associated with the lecture topics. Students, upon completion of this course, will have the necessary skills to analyze, design, and implement introductory combinational and sequential logic circuits.
1
MATH-171
LAS Perspective 7A (mathematical): Calculus A
This is the first course in a three-course sequence (COS-MATH-171, -172, -173). This course includes a study of functions, continuity, and differentiability. The study of functions includes the exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. Limits of functions are used to study continuity and differentiability. The study of the derivative includes the definition, basic rules, and implicit differentiation. Applications of the derivative include optimization and related-rates problems.
3
EEET-121
AC Circuits
3
EEET-122
AC Circuits Lab
Develops skills and practice in the design, fabrication, measurement, and analysis of practical AC circuits used in electrical systems. Topics include network theorems, reactance and impedance, AC power and power factor, resonance, maximum power transfer, frequency response, and bandwidth.
1
CPET-121
Computational Problem Solving I
This is the first course in a two-course sequence in computational problem solving of engineering and scientific problems. The problems solved will stress the application of sequence, selection, repetitive, invocation operations, and arrays. The development of proper testing procedures to ensure computational accuracy will be stressed. Students, upon successful completion of this course, will be able to analyze introductory engineering and scientific problems, design, code, test, and document procedural software solutions.
3
ACSC-010
Year One
The Year One class serves as an interdisciplinary catalyst for first-year students to access campus resources, services and opportunities that promote self-knowledge, personal success, leadership development, social responsibility and life academic skills awareness and application. Year One is also designed to challenge and encourage first-year students to get to know one another, build relationships and help them become an integral part of the campus community.
0
 
First Year Writing
3
 
LAS Perspective 1 (ethical)
3
 
LAS Perspective 2 (artistic)
3
 
First Year LAS Elective
3
 
Wellness Education*
0
Second Year
MATH-172
LAS Perspective 7B (mathematical): Calculus B
This is the second course in three-course sequence (COS-MATH-171, -172, -173). The course includes Riemann sums, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, techniques of integration, and applications of the definite integral. The techniques of integration include substitution and integration by parts. The applications of the definite integral include areas between curves, and the calculation of volume.
3
EEET-211
Electronics I
Develops the knowledge and ability to design active electronic circuits using diodes, bipolar and field effect transistors. Emphasis is placed on device characteristics and specifications, biasing circuits and transistor modeling. Applications of class A, B, and D amplifiers including frequency response and thermal analysis are studied.
3
EEET-212
Electronics I Lab
Provides experience in the design, prototyping, measurement, and analysis of diodes and transistors circuits. Emphasis is placed on understanding device characteristics and specifications while building and troubleshooting biasing circuits and transistor modeling. Applications of class A, B, and D amplifiers including frequency response and thermal analysis.
1
CPET-233
Digital Systems Design
This course covers the design and simulation of digital circuits using modern digital design techniques. Using a hardware description language, students will design, synthesize, and analyze finite state machines and combinational, sequential, and arithmetic logic circuits. Topics will include design for synthesis, verification techniques, memory circuits, programmable logic devices, and implementation technologies. The laboratories are designed to illustrate concepts, reinforce analysis and design skills, and develop instrumentation techniques associated with the lecture topics.
3
PHYS-111
LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry): College Physics I
This is an introductory course in algebra-based physics focusing on mechanics and waves. Topics include kinematics, planar motion, Newton’s laws, gravitation; rotational kinematics and dynamics; work and energy; momentum and impulse; conservation laws; simple harmonic motion; waves; data presentation/analysis and error propagation. The course is taught using both traditional lectures and a workshop format that integrates material traditionally found in separate lecture, recitation, and laboratory settings.
4
MATH-211
Elements of Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations
This course includes an introduction to differential equations, Laplace transforms, numerical methods in differential equations, and the calculus of functions of two variables. The emphasis is on the application of these topics to problems in engineering technology.
3
EEET-221
Electronics II
Develops the knowledge and ability to design active electronic circuits, such as audio amplifiers, using op-amps. The operational amplifier and its applications are covered in detail. Applications include math operations like integration and differentiation, comparator circuits, and signal conditioning. The effects of op-amp limitations, both DC and AC, are studied.
2
EEET-222
Electronics II Lab
Provides experience in the design, prototyping, measurement, and analysis of op-amp circuits. Circuits include microphone pre-amps, integration and differentiation, comparator circuits, and signal conditioning.
1
CPET-251
Microcontroller Systems
This course presents typical structures and applications of microcontroller systems. Emphasis will be on hardware, programming, input/output methods, typical peripherals/interfacing (including Timers, ADC and micro-to-micro communications), interrupt handling and small system design and applications using high level programming languages. Microprocessor architecture and assembly programming will be introduced to provide a base for more advanced digital designs.
3
CPET-252
Microcontroller Systems Lab
This course implements the techniques and concepts developed in microcontroller systems. Emphasis is placed on the use of an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) to program a microcontroller at the register level. Skills in debugging, implementation, and demonstration of basic microcontroller systems will be developed.
1
 
LAS Perspective 3 (global)
3
 
LAS Perspective 4 (social)
3
 
LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles)
4
Third Year
EEET-241
Electrical Machines and Transformers
Develops the knowledge and ability to analyze and specify motors, generators, and transformers for use in systems such as wind turbines and electric vehicles. Topics include efficiency, energy conservation, power factor, magnetism, electro-magnetic force, fields, armatures, commutators, rotors, stators, brushes, starters, controllers, DC machines, AC motors, alternators, single phase and three phase dynamos, three phase circuits, phasors, transformer properties, isolation, efficiency, and voltage regulation.
2
EEET-242
Electrical Machines and Transformers Lab
Provides experience with motors, generators, and transformers. Topics include power factor, magnetism, electro-magnetic force, fields, armatures, commutators, rotors, stators, brushes, starters, controllers, DC machines, AC motors, alternators, single phase and three phase dynamos, three phase circuits, phasors, transformer properties, isolation, efficiency, and voltage regulation.
1
EEET-331
Signals, Systems and Transforms
Develops the analytical skills to design, develop, and simulate analog and digital filters, control systems, and advanced electronic circuits such as those used in robotics, digital communications, and wireless systems. Continuous-time and discrete-time linear, time-invariant, casual systems are examined throughout the course. Topics include Fourier series, the Laplace transform, signal sampling, and the z-transform. Advanced circuit analysis techniques include circuit characterization in the s-plane.
3
EEET-332
Signals, Systems and Transforms Lab
MATLAB is introduced and used extensively to analyze circuits on continuous-time and discrete-time systems. PSPICE is utilized for circuit simulation.
1
EEET-313
Communication Electronics
Develops the knowledge and ability to design communication electronics, such as AM/FM radios using transistors and integrated circuits. This course applies the concepts of circuits and electronics to basic analog communication circuits for amplitude and frequency modulation. Topics studied are RF Amplifiers, Fourier Analysis, AM and FM transmission and reception, phase-locked loops, synthesizers, oscillators, DSB and SSB communication systems, antennas, and EM wave propagation. The course’s laboratory component provides experience in the practice and application of the concepts of circuits and electronics to basic analog communication circuits for amplitude and frequency modulation in a laboratory environment. Construction and measurement are emphasized.
3
STAT-145
Introduction to Statistics I
This course introduces statistical methods of extracting meaning from data, and basic inferential statistics. Topics covered include data and data integrity, exploratory data analysis, data visualization, numeric summary measures, the normal distribution, sampling distributions, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing. The emphasis of the course is on statistical thinking rather than computation. Statistical software is used.
3
EEET-299
Career Orientation
This course is an introduction to the professional engineering careers, cooperative educational program at RIT, the programs in the department, and RIT resources. Topics include engineering technology vs. engineering, review of resources available at RIT, the cooperative education placement process, working in a diverse workforce, and engineering ethics including the IEEE Code of Ethics. The ethical expectations of employers for co-op students and RIT during a job search.
1
EEET-499
Cooperative Education (spring, summer)
One semester or summer block of appropriate work experience in a related industry. Students are required to complete a poster and presentation and participate in the ECTET co-op presentation evening at the completion of each co-op experience. Department permission is required.
Co-op
 
LAS Immersion 1
3
Fourth Year
EEET-425
Digital Signal Processing (WI)
Develops the knowledge and ability to process signals using Digital Signal Processing (DSP) techniques. Starts with foundational concepts in sampling, probability, statistics, noise, fixed and floating point number systems, and describes how they affect real world performance of DSP systems. Fundamental principles of convolution, linearity, duality, impulse responses, and discrete fourier transforms are used to develop FIR and IIR digital filters and to explain DSP techniques such as windowing. Students get an integrated lab experience writing DSP code that executes in real-time on DSP hardware.
4
EEET-421
Design Thinking and Innovation
This class develops skills and habits that support successful innovation and design in the workplace. A set of intense project-based learning experiences is used to drive inquiry discourse and constructive learning. Your skills in prototyping, project management, and creativity will be improved as you participate in engineering discourse including prototype reviews, classroom discussion, reading, and journal writing. The philosophy and practice of prototyping will be emphasized through exercises including creating 3D printed parts and smartphone app. The methodology of design thinking is introduced as a framework to explore contemporary innovation as a process.
2
EEET-422
Design Thinking and Innovation Lab
Corresponding lab for course Design Thinking and Innovation (EEET-421). This class develops skills and habits that support successful innovation and design in the workplace. A set of intense project-based learning experiences is used to drive inquiry, discourse, and constructive learning. Your skills in prototyping, project management, and creativity will be improved as you participate in engineering discourse including prototype reviews, classroom discussion, reading, and journal writing. The philosophy and practice of prototyping will be emphasized through exercises including creating 3D printed parts and a smartphone app. The methodology of design thinking is introduced as a framework to explore contemporary innovation as a process.
1
MFET-436
Engineering Economics
This course provides in depth coverage of engineering economic analysis, which is the financial side of engineering decision making. Students are also taught ethical decision making through an introduction to an engineering professional code of conduct. Project planning/management are introduced to students. Presentation skills are enhanced with an emphasis on presenting to executives.
3
EEET-427
Control Systems
Develops the knowledge of control system concepts and applies them to electromechanical systems. Systems are characterized and modeled using linear systems methods, focused with a controls perspective. Impulse responses, step responses, and transfer functions are reviewed. Principles of stability and damping are developed and applied to the specification and design of open and closed loop compensators to deliver specific input-output performance. During the course’s laboratory component, students design and implement compensators for electromechanical systems.
4
EEET-499
Cooperative Education (summer)
One semester or summer block of appropriate work experience in a related industry. Students are required to complete a poster and presentation and participate in the ECTET co-op presentation evening at the completion of each co-op experience. Department permission is required.
Co-op
 
LAS Elective
3
 
Technical Electives
6
 
Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering Technology Elective
3
 
LAS Immersion 2, 3
6
Fifth Year
EEET-499
Cooperative Education (fall)
One semester or summer block of appropriate work experience in a related industry. Students are required to complete a poster and presentation and participate in the ECTET co-op presentation evening at the completion of each co-op experience. Department permission is required.
Co-op
EEET-433
Transmission Lines
Develops the knowledge and ability to analyze, design, and measure high frequency signal transmission media as applied to digital and RF systems. Topics include the propagation of electromagnetic waves on wire media; transmission line voltage, current, loss and impedance; graphical methods for analysis; transmission lines as circuit elements, application of the general transmission line equation as derived from the LC distributed model. During the course’s laboratory component, students learn proper transmission line instrumentation techniques and design transmission line circuits that meet design specifications.
3
 
LAS Electives
4
 
Free Electives
6
Total Semester Credit Hours
128

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two different Wellness courses.

Options

Students may choose to use their two technical electives and two free electives to complete an option in audio or telecommunications.

Audio
EEET-261
Fundamentals of Audio Engineering
This course provides a fundamental study of the technology and practice used in recording, editing, mixing, production, and distribution of sound. Topics include microphone types, selection and application the mixing console, mixing techniques and introduction to Signal Processing equipment and associated techniques, an introduction to the concepts relating to digital audio technology such as sampling, the Nyquist theorem, alias frequencies, quantization, dynamic range, compression and their applications will be covered. Topics include basics of digital audio, session creation, importing media, recording techniques, editing, mixing, and mastering. In addition, the course teaches how-to-listen sonic difference to appropriately apply the technical knowledge and to achieve highest sound quality.
EEET-361
Modern Audio Production
Sound, voice, music, and effects play a critical role in telephone communication and entertainment systems. Development of integrated multi-channel acoustic information is a complex process. This course provides an intermediate level study of the technology used in recording, editing, mixing, and mastering audio. Students are introduced to core concepts and skills necessary to operate a system running large sessions with up to 48 tracks. Students will develop an appreciation of and the requisite skills to create, organize, mix, filter, process, enhance, and coordinate sound information in digital format. Topics include MIDI, virtual instruments, filtering, processing for sound enhancement, editing and adjusting time bases, mixing and mastering, and audio production. Students will develop critical listening skills as well as technical skills.
Choose two of the following:
  CPET-421
   Applied Audio Programming
The modern audio industry seeks individuals who can implement creative tools for audio and music engineers. This course teaches students how to develop audio software and/or applications for music, sound, and audio engineering and assists them in acquiring programming skills for the audio industry. The course consists of four sections: (1) fundamentals of audio signal processing, (2) audio effects used in digital audio equipment (e.g. digital mixers), (3) applied audio signal processing technologies, and (4) Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugin programing. The sub-topics include (but are not limited to) gain, delay, filter structures (IIR, FIR), EQ, Reverberator, Compressor, Beamforming, Adaptive filtering, VST plugin development. Students will be evaluated through both knowledge on audio signal processing and practical implementation of a VST plugin as a final project.
  EEET-451
   3D Audio Theory and Practice
3D audio refers to a method to generate and deliver an immersive audio field that is integrated with 3D video. The course covers theoretical and practical aspects of 3D audio: capturing auditory information of a venue using multi-microphone techniques (discrete multichannel methods, microphone arrays, and binaural capture), rendering the captured information using spatial signal processing (Inverse filtering, VBAP and Crosstalk Cancellation), transmitting and delivering as multichannel audio format, and recreating the original auditory information (multichannel loudspeaker reproduction and applying inverse filter for room compensation). In addition, the course will teach the fundamentals of the architectural acoustics (acoustics of a space) and the psycho-acoustics (recognized acoustics by listeners). The course includes practical exercises through which students can evaluate the spatial audio techniques discussed in the course and reproduce immersive multichannel sound and music.
  EEET-461
   Introduction to Acoustics
This course introduces the student to sound as both a physical and psychological phenomenon. The course explains the nature of sound in terms of acoustic pressure and provides an overview of how humans receive and perceive sound. Sound waves are also introduced, starting with the development of the acoustic wave equation and its solution for plane and spherical waves with harmonic sources. The concepts of acoustic intensity and acoustic impedance are presented. The course also includes study of basic sound sources as well as the absorption, reflection, scattering and diffraction of sound by various physical structures.
  EEET-561
   Audio Power Amplifier
Develops knowledge of audio power amplifier design and audio signal measurement methods. Covers digital and analog amplifiers from high power (concert halls) to low power (cell phones and handheld digital media devices). Topics include digital sound synthesis using class D switching amplifiers, analog amplifiers, distortion, noise, stability, filtering, heatsinking, efficiency, and low power modes.
Telecommunications
CPET-481
Network Technologies
This course provides a practical study of voice and data communications from the point of the OSI seven-layer and the TCP/IP five-layer protocol model. Both traditional circuit switched telecommunications as well as IP based communications are studied. This course covers the operation of the lower four layers in detail by examining some of the foundation laws of physics including Nyquist and Shannon as well as selected protocols. Emphasis is placed on data internetworking, local-area networking, and wide-area networking. This course is a problem based course in that students apply the learning to various computer and networking mathematical problems and are assessed on their ability to solve the problem.
EEET-313
Communication Electronics
Develops the knowledge and ability to design communication electronics, such as AM/FM radios using transistors and integrated circuits. This course applies the concepts of circuits and electronics to basic analog communication circuits for amplitude and frequency modulation. Topics studied are RF Amplifiers, Fourier Analysis, AM and FM transmission and reception, phase-locked loops, synthesizers, oscillators, DSB and SSB communication systems, antennas, and EM wave propagation. The course’s laboratory component provides experience in the practice and application of the concepts of circuits and electronics to basic analog communication circuits for amplitude and frequency modulation in a laboratory environment. Construction and measurement are emphasized.
EEET-525
Wireless RF Systems
Develops the knowledge and ability to apply representative regulatory requirements for wireless mobile and fixed radio frequency communication systems. Topics include: the radio frequency mobile wireless environment, the common wireless systems, and regulatory aspects related to deployment of the wireless infrastructure.
EEET-531
Fiber Optics Technology
This course presents the basic technologies of fiber-optic telecommunications systems including optical fiber, light sources and modulators, photodetectors and receivers, and passive components such as optical mux/demux and couplers. Studens will learn the principle of operation of these technologies as well as gain practical hands-on experience in the labaratory. Students will also learn how to design and assess a fiber-optic link impaired by attenuation and dispersion.

Admission Requirements

Freshman Admission

For all bachelor’s degree programs, a strong performance in a college preparatory program is expected. Generally, this includes 4 years of English, 3-4 years of mathematics, 2-3 years of science, and 3 years of social studies and/or history.

Specific math and science requirements and other recommendations

  • 3 years of math required; pre-calculus recommended
  • Chemistry or physics required; biology recommended
  • Technology electives desirable

Transfer Admission

Transfer course recommendations without associate degree

Courses in mathematics, science, engineering science, and engineering technology

Appropriate associate degree programs for transfer

Electrical technology, electronic technology, engineering science

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