Students who graduate with an associate degree in Electrical Engineering Technology enter the fast-growing world of electrical and electronics systems, with extensive opportunities for employment with manufacturers of electronic and computer equipment, electrical utilities, and electrical maintenance firms. In this program, you can master the basic theory of both analog and digital systems. A background in theory is combined with extensive hands-on experience with digital systems and microprocessors, PC-based local area networks, electrical motors and generators, amplifiers, and electronic controls, including programmable logic controllers. The program combines formal classroom experience with numerous independent student projects.
While some engineering programs use theory and advanced mathematics, the Penn State Fayette Electrical Engineering Technology program focuses on a practical, hands-on approach to problem-solving.
An emphasis is placed on preparing students for jobs that are traditionally among the highest paid technical positions. Penn State Electrical Engineering Technology graduates are recruited annually by Fortune 500 companies. Surveys show that starting salaries for Penn State EET associate degree graduates range from $38,500 to $70,000.
Penn State is nationally recognized as a leader in engineering technology education. The Electrical Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.ABET.org. This is valuable because many employers require graduation from an ABET-accredited program.
Electrical Engineering Technology associate degree graduates may continue to obtain a bachelor of science degree in Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology at Penn State Fayette or at Penn State New Kensington or Electrical Engineering Technology at either Penn State Harrisburg or Penn State Erie, after satisfying the enrollment prerequisites.