Electronic Engineering Technology

electronic engineering technology

With electronic and computer circuits now being used in everything from the most complex industrial equipment to the simplest of household appliances, the engineering technician in this field is prepared to work in an extremely wide variety of businesses and industries.

Credentials Offered:

Electronic Engineering Technology

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Jeremy Houchins

Engineering Technology Major

The North Charleston native graduated from Southern Wesleyan University with a degree in criminal justice, but he knew it wasn’t a career he wanted to pursue. After graduation, he relocated to Greenwood and took a position with Eaton Electrical. Over time, he knew he needed a change. “I reached that point where I liked my job, but I didn’t want to be in that position for the rest of my life,” he said.

 

A Career in Electronic Engineering Technology

Electronic and computer circuits have become a very important part of our everyday lives. They're used in everything from the most complex industrial equipment to the simplest of household appliances. Because these circuits have become so widespread, electronic engineering technicians are prepared to work in an extremely wide variety of businesses and industries.

Technicians in this field are skilled in the operation, troubleshooting, calibration and repair of electronic instruments and systems found in process control, communications, computers, manufacturing, programmable logic controllers and microprocessors.

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What will I do as an Electronic Engineering Technician?

Because of the scope of the program, graduates are not limited to one specific area of employment. Practical, hands-on experience on sophisticated electronic equipment provides students with the skills necessary to assist in the basic design, construction, analysis, modification, inspection and calibration of electronic circuits and systems.

After completing the program, you'll be qualified for positions like engineering technician, maintenance technician, electrician, electrical tester, product designer and cable technician. Advancement to positions in engineering or management is likely with experience and possibly further education.

Some of your responsibilities may require you to:

  • Work with a variety of engineering applications and programs
  • Test, calibrate and repair electrical instruments or testing equipment
  • Troubleshoot and fix technical design problems during the construction of electrical systems
  • Design basic circuitry and draft sketches to clarify design details
  • Install and maintain electrical control systems
  • Adjust and replace defective circuitry and electronic components

Career Quick Facts

Career Outlook
  • Median Salary Average:  $55,690
  • Salary Range:  $42,570-$65,470
  • Placement Rate:  100%
Entry Level Positions
  • Electronics Technician
  • Maintenance Mechanic
  • Electrical Maintenance Technician
  • Engineering Assistant
  • Computer Test Technician
List of Employers

Some recent graduates have found work at:

Aiken Electrical Cooperative

Ascend

AT&T

Austin International

Baldor Electric Company

BMW Manufacturing Corp

Burnstein von  Seelen Corporation Precision Casting

Capsugel

Carolina By Products

CCL Label

Ceramtec

CMS Industrial Technology

Colgate Palmolive

Cooper Power Systems

Commissioners of Public Works

Covidien

Digital Office

Duke Energy

Eaton Corporation

Flexible Technologies

Fuji Film

General Electric

Goodrich

Greenville Health System

Greenwood Fabricating & Plating, LLC

Greenwood Mills

Item Southeast

Kaiser Aluminum

Kinard Control Systems

Komatsu

Michelin

Michelin Laurens Proving Grounds

Milliken

Mungo Homes

New Horizon Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Norbord

Northland Cable

Palmetto Electrical

Piedmont Technical College

Prysmian

SCE&G

Trantech

Velux

Walmart Distribution Center

West Carolina Rural Telephone Incorporated, Inc.

Westinghouse

ZF Transmissions

 

Program Information

You'll take a variety of courses focused on the different varieties of circuits, engineering technology applications, programming and other courses important to a strong foundation, such as algebra, trigonometry and  physics.

Coursework includes: Engineering Technology Applications & Programming; Digital, D.C., A.C. and Electrical Circuits; Control Systems; Introduction to CAD; Data Communications; Programmable Controllers and Microprocessor Fundamentals.

All coursework is strongly application-oriented and includes hands-on labs and project experiences. Students who complete their Associate Degree in Electronic Engineering Technology can also transfer their credit hours toward USC Upstate's Engineering Technology Management B.S. program. The program allows students to complete up to 76 credit hours of the required 127 total credit hours at PTC.

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