Electronic Engineering Program

                   Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

 

For AS Degrees in E.E.T. (Electronics Engineering Technology)


 

1) What is the difference between Engineering Programs and Engineering Technology programs?

2) What is the difference between Electrical Engineering and Electronics Engineering Technology?

3) Which universities in Florida can I transfer to after completing an AS degree in E.E.T?

4) What is the highest level of Math required to obtain an AS degree in E.E.T.

5) What Science subjects are required to obtain an AS degree in E.E.T?

6) I am new to Electronics, what courses should I consider taking for my first semester?

7) What jobs would I be qualified for after obtaining an AS degree in E.E.T?

8) What is the average starting salary for an Electronics Engineer Technician?

9) What industries offer employment for an Electronics Engineer Technician?

10) How many credits do I need to graduate with an AS degree in E.E.T?

11) What do I need in order to be eligible for Admission into an AS degree in E.E.T?

12) What is the difference between Voltage and Current?

 

 
 

QUESTION 1:

What is the difference between Engineering Programs and Engineering Technology programs?

ANSWER:

Differences Between Engineering and Engineering Technology

Engineering

Engineering Technology
Planning Doing
Researching new ideas Applying existing “state of the art”
Innovating Implementing
Concept-oriented Application-oriented
Theoretical Practical and “hands-on”
Calculus based Algebra based
Develop new processes Apply new processes
Open-ended and futuristic Specific and current
Required for registration as Professional Engineer in all states Required for registration as Professional Engineer in most states
Can require period of internship due to emphasis on fundamentals and theory Usually ready to work due to emphasis on current practice in industry
Graduate studies widely available Graduate studies increasing
Jobs in engineering design Jobs in applied engineering and production
 
 

QUESTION 2:

What is the difference between Electrical Engineering and Electronics Engineering Technology?

 

ANSWER:

 

Electrical Engineering

(4 - year program) is a profession that focuses greatly on creativity and innovation. Research & Development, Advanced Technology Innovation, New Business & Product Development, New Product Development & Design and Product, Program & Operations Management are key areas where Electrical Engineers find employment in industry, government and education. Typical undergraduate programs lead to a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) degree. Considerable academic emphasis is placed on mastery of advanced mathematics and the physical sciences, as well as the engineering and computer sciences. BSEE programs also prepare students to pursue masters and doctoral degrees.

Electronics Engineering Technology

(4 - year program) is a profession that focuses heavily on application and implementation. Technical Sales, Applications Engineering, Manufacturing Operations, Quality Control and Customer Support are the key areas where Electronics Engineering Technologists find employment in industry, government and education. Typical undergraduate programs lead to a Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology (BSEET). Academic emphasis is placed on mastery of intermediate level applied mathematics and physical science. Engineering and computer applications with laboratory and field orientation are stressed.

Electronics Engineering Technology

 

(2 - year program) is a vocation that focuses primarily on equipment construction, documentation, installation and maintenance. Engineering Services, Laboratory Operations, Operations Maintenance, Product Analysis & Repair and Field Service are key areas where Electronics Engineering Technicians find employment in industry, government and education. Academic emphasis is placed on mastery of introductory level applied mathematics and physical science. Performing operational tasks following well-defined procedures to support engineering activities in laboratory or field environments is stressed.

 
 

QUESTION 3:

Which universities in Florida can I transfer to after completing an AS degree in E.E.T?

ANSWER:

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU).

1601 S Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

Tallahassee, FL 32307

(850) 222-1036

Florida International University (FIU).

10555 West Flagler Street

Miami, FL 33175

(305) 348-2522

Daytona State College.

1200 West International Speedway Boulevard

Daytona Beach, FL 32114

(386) 506-3000.

 
 

QUESTION 4:

What is the highest level of Math required to obtain an AS degree in E.E.T.

ANSWER:

The highest level of Math needed for the AS degree in E.E.T is Trigonometry (MAC 1114).

 

 

 
 

QUESTION 5:

What Science subjects are required to obtain an AS degree in E.E.T?

ANSWER:

 

 

For the AS degree in E.E.T,General Physics I (PHY 1053) and General Physics I Laboratory (PHY 1053L) are the required science courses.

 

  

 
 

QUESTION 6:

I am new to Electronics, what courses should I consider taking for my first semester?

ANSWER:

Electronics Orientation

(EET 1083C); Provides an introduction to computer operating systems, and to computer programs used in the analysis of electronic circuits. Also covers the use of electronics laboratory equipment such as digital multi meters, oscilloscopes, function generators, breadboards and trainers used in the program. Basic soldering skills included. Laboratory exercises are included.

Basic AC and DC

(EET 1036C); this course is for the student who has previously taken EET 1083C, Electronic Orientation, or is taking both classes in the same semester. It covers voltage, current, resistance, and power concepts in DC and AC circuits. It also includes problem solving in AC and DC circuits using Ohm's Law with an emphasis on constructing, measuring performance, troubleshooting, and repairing circuits. Laboratory exercises are included.

Basic Digital Systems

 

(CET 1112C); this course is an introduction to basic digital electronics and is for the student who has previously taken EET 1083C or will be taking both classes in the same semester. Topics covered in this course are computer number systems, Boolean algebra, combinational logic circuits, logic family characteristics, and flip flops. Laboratory exercises will be assigned to reinforce the major concepts covered in the lecture segment of the courses.

 
 

QUESTION 7:

What jobs would I be qualified for after obtaining an AS  degree in E.E.T?

ANSWER:

 

 

   An AS  degree in E.E.T will prepare a student for an entry-level position as an electronics engineering technician. Technicians assist engineers in planning, research, development and design. Electronic engineering technicians help design, develop, test, and manufacture electrical and electronic equipment such as communication equipment, medical monitoring devices, navigational equipment, and computers. They may work in product evaluation and testing, using measuring and diagnostic devices to adjust, test, and repair equipment. Job titles include:

  • technical sales specialist,
  • applications engineer,
  • engineering laboratory technician,
  • technical writer,
  • manufacturing and quality control technician,
  • customer service engineer,
  • plant maintenance technician.
 
 

QUESTION 8:

 

 

What is the average starting salary for an Electronics Engineer Technician?

 

ANSWER:

National estimates for this occupation:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment

Employment

Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage
Wage
154,050 1.5 % $26.64 $55,410 0.4 %

 

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile

10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.05 $20.49 $26.36 $31.47 $38.30
Annual Wage $33,380 $42,610 $54,820 $65,470 $79,660
 
 

QUESTION 9:

What industries offer employment for an Electronics Engineer Technician?

ANSWER:

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry

Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 16,220 $26.28 $54,670
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 15,510 $24.20 $50,330
Navigational, Measuring, Electro medical, andControl Instruments Manufacturing 11,670 $24.67 $51,310
Federal Executive Branch 7,860 $36.41 $75,740
Postal Services 7,810 $29.08 $60,500

 

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry

Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal Executive Branch 7,860 $36.41 $75,740
Oil and Gas Extraction 400 $34.25 $71,230
Waste Treatment and Disposal 400 $32.81 $68,240
Natural Gas Distribution 270 $32.26 $67,090
Ship and Boat Building 370 $31.24 $64,990
 
 

QUESTION 10:

 

 

How many credits do I need to graduate with an AS degree in E.E.T?

 

 

ANSWER:

 

 

68 Credit Hours are required to graduate.

 
 

QUESTION 11:

 

 

What do I need in order to be eligible for Admission into an AS degree in E.E.T?

 

 

ANSWER:

 

To be eligible for admission to an associate degree program or college credit certificate (F.S. 1007.263), applicants must have one of the following:

• A standard high school diploma.

• Florida public high school graduates must have met Florida graduation requirements (F.S. 1003.43).

• A high school equivalency diploma, or• Completion of a home education program pursuant to the requirements of F.S. 1002.41.

NOTE: If the applicant received a special high school diploma such as the Certificate of Completion (W08) or another special high school diploma and wishes to apply for admission as a regular student, a high school equivalency diploma must be earned by successfully completing the GED exam offered through the Florida Board of Education.

 
 

QUESTION 12:

What is the difference between Voltage and Current?

ANSWER:

It is easier to describe voltage by comparing it to water. Let’s say that you have two water tanks. One is half empty while the other one is full. The difference of the water levels in the two tanks is similar to a voltage difference. And just like water when given a path, the electrical potential would move from the point of higher potential to the point of lower potential until the two levels equalize.

VOLTAGE Voltage is the potential difference between two points. Think of it as the equivalent of water pressure. You get voltage across something, not through it. Voltage is measured in volts.Voltage causes sparks and hair standing on end.

CURRENT Current is the number of electrons flowing per unit time. Think of it as the equivalent of water flow rate. You get current through something, not across it. Current is measured in amps, short for amperes. Current causes fire and death.

 

 

 

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This page was last updated - December 10, 2014 by Eugene Broda