The Electrical Engineering Technology (2 EET) major helps prepare graduates for technical positions in the expanding fields of electronics, computers and microprocessors, instrumentation, and electrical equipment. The primary objective is to provide a broad foundation of theoretical and practical knowledge in the areas of electrical and electronic circuits, digital circuits, computers, electrical machinery, and programmable logic controls. The program also articulates with Pennsylvania Department of Education-approved Tech Prep programs. Secondary students who have graduated from a program covered by a signed Penn State Tech Prep Articulation Agreement may be eligible for special admission procedures and /or advanced placement. The major prepares graduates who, during the first few years of professional practice, will:
- Demonstrate broad knowledge of electrical and electronics engineering technology practices to support design, application, installation, manufacturing, operation, and maintenance of electrical, electronic, computer, and instrumentation systems,
- Apply basic mathematical and scientific principles for technical problem solving in areas that may include circuit analysis of both analog and digital electronics, microprocessors, programmable logic controls, and electrical machines,
- Use computers and software in a technical environment,
- Demonstrate competence in written and oral communication,
- Work effectively as an individual and as a member of a multidisciplinary team,
- Show awareness of social concerns and professional responsibilities in the workplace, and
- Matriculate into a baccalaureate degree and/or continue their professional training and adapt to changes in the workplace, through additional formal or informal education.
Graduates of the Electrical Engineering Technology major may qualify for admission to the baccalaureate degree majors in Electrical Engineering Technology or Computer Engineering Technology offered at Penn State Harrisburg, Capital College; the baccalaureate degree major in Electrical Engineering Technology at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College; or the baccalaureate degree major in Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology offered at Penn State Altoona, Penn State Berks, Penn State New Kensington or Penn State York.
For the Associate in Engineering Technology degree in Electrical Engineering Technology, a minimum of 66 credits is required. This program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.