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Purpose: The growth of electrical manufacturing industries, electrical utility companies and industries which consume large quantities of electrical energy in Virginia and the Southeastern section of the United States has established a continuing demand for electrical technicians. The Electrical Engineering Technology program has been designed to produce trained and skilled persons ready for full-time employment as technicians who can function as installation and maintenance persons, and as liaisons between engineering and electrical maintenance and assembly personnel.
Occupational Objectives: Electrical Power- Line Installer and Repairer • Electrical and Electronics Installer and Repairer • Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technician • Electrical Technician • Maintenance Repair Worker • Power Generating Plant Operator • Power Plant Operator • Power Plant Technician • Power Distribution Technician • Service Technician
Admission Requirements: Entry into most curriculum courses in Electrical Engineering Technology requires that students be eligible for MTH 131 .
Program Requirements: The Electrical Technology program has been designed to emphasize practical applications of the theory of AC and DC electricity. Courses in specialized areas concentrate on the generation and distribution of electric power as well as the theory of rotating electromechanical equipment. Approximately 50 percent of the course work is in the specialized area of Electrical Engineering Technology and approximately 25 percent in supporting or related courses. The remainder of the program is composed of general education courses. Upon satisfactory completion of the four-semester program, the graduate will be awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. All students must complete the requirements for the common core courses before entering the second year.
The rapid rate of change in current technologies requires that course content in technical areas reflect this change. Therefore, courses completed and submitted for acceptance toward an Associate of Applied Science degree in this program should have been completed no longer than seven years prior to graduation. Courses completed more than seven years prior to graduation must be evaluated by the department for content agreeable to current academic and technological standards.
Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college after completing A.A.S. degree requirements should inform their academic advisors at the beginning of studies to determine the appropriate courses to meet transfer requirements.