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Electrical Engineering Technology

Program Requirements: 

Learn how to design and work with HDTVs, computers, wireless communication and alternative energy systems with an associate degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Gateway Technical College. Electrical and electronic engineering technicians help engineers design and develop computers, communication equipment, medical monitoring devices and navigational equipment. Technicians may also work in product evaluation and testing, using measuring and diagnostic devices to adjust, test and repair equipment. At Gateway, hands-on learning is incorporated into all program courses. Students learn how to take projects from the development stage to the production line. This experience-building style of training allows the student to cover many advanced electrical and electronics topics such as DC and AC electronics, advanced transistor theory, microprocessors, industrial electronics and electronic communications. The program also offers a set of “self-paced courses” during day and evening blocks of time. Students taking these courses can set their own schedule as long as the course work is completed by the end of the semester, but they can also finish early.

What does an electronic engineering technician do?

Graduates will have the knowledge necessary to assist in the design, development and testing of electrical components and wiring associated with motors, controls and other electrical apparatus in a wide variety of high-tech environments. Graduates may choose a career path in industries such as aerospace, electronics, automation, industrial equipment, automotive, instrumentation, communications, computers and power generation and distribution.

Learning by doing

All topics covered in class are also explored during the hands-on laboratory portion of each class. Students begin working with electronics on the first day of class. The Advanced Electronics lab utilizes state-of-the-art test equipment for hands-on and computer-based circuit analysis for use during the design process. The wide range of equipment utilized in the lab gives students an opportunity to gain experience with the equipment they can expect to find in the work place. Lab equipment includes digital oscilloscopes, digital multimeters, function generators, variable power supplies, breadboards and data acquisition hardware and software.

 

A variety of conferences provide students with professional development and networking opportunities. Opportunities include MREA Energy Fair, SME Regional Conference, Green Energy/Sustainability Summit and ESDA Midwest Regional Conference and Trade Show. There are also volunteer opportunities throughout the semester including Boy Scouts and sumo-bot and robotics competitions that provide students with additional learning opportunities. Students are also encouraged to join student clubs including Biomedical Engineering Society, Society of Women Engineers, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Electronics Club and N9GTC Amateur Radio Club. Participation provides students with networking and professional development opportunities.

Job and salary outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of electrical and electronic engineering technicians is expected to grow from 2010 to 2020. Demand for technicians is expected to be higher in the computer and electronics systems industries as electronics become more integrated. For example, computers, cell phones and GPS technology is being incorporated further into the automobile industry. The median annual salary of electrical and electronic engineering technicians was $56,040 in 2010.

Faculty

iMET Center
Patrick Hoppe
hoppep@gtc.edu

Jill Sammons
sammonsj@gtc.edu

Jim Jazdzewski
jazdzewskij@gtc.edu

Advisors

iMET
Dwayne Windham
windhamd@gtc.edu

Program Administration

Ray Koukari, Interim Dean
koukarir@gtc.edu

Beverly Frazier, Associate Dean
frazierb@gtc.edu