Electrical Engineering Technology

Electrical Engineering Technology

Penn State Wilkes-Barre offers the baccalaureate of science in Electrical Engineering Technology (EET). This program helps prepare graduates for technical positions in the expanding fields of electronics, computers and microprocessors, instrumentation, and electrical equipment. The primary objective is to provide a broad foundation of theoretical and practical knowledge in the areas of electrical and electronic circuits, digital circuits, computers, electrical machinery, and programmable logic controls.

Admittance into the BS EET degree is automatic for students who have completed their associate EET degree at any other Penn State location. The BS EET program also articulates with Pennsylvania Department of Education-approved Tech Prep programs. Secondary students who have graduated from a program covered by a signed Penn State Articulation Agreement may be eligible for special admission procedures and/or advanced placement.

The BS EET program objectives are to produce graduates who, during the first few years of professional practice, will be able to perform the following functions or activities at a level appropriate to their baccalaureate degree:

  1. demonstrate broad knowledge of electrical/electronics engineering technology practices to support design, application, installation, manufacturing, operation and maintenance as required by their employer.
  2. apply basic mathematical and scientific principles for technical problem solving in areas which may include circuit analysis of both analog and digital electronics, microprocessors, programmable logic controllers and electrical machines.
  3. utilize computers along with using and writing software in a technical environment.
  4. demonstrate competence in written and oral communication.
  5. work effectively as an individual and as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  6. show awareness of social concerns and professional responsibilities in the workplace.
  7. continue their professional training and adapt to changes in the workplace through additional formal or informal education.

Student outcomes are those skills and capabilities that are the foundation on which those achievements can be built. Stated differently, student outcomes are the talents, skills, and capabilities that should be imparted to students so that, when they graduate with the baccalaureate degree in Electrical Engineering Technology, they are well equipped to succeed at their chosen careers. The Penn State Wilkes-Barre BS EET program has identified eleven student outcomes that provide that foundation. Those outcomes state that at time of graduation the students will be able to:

  1. accomplish mastery in electronics, electrical circuit analysis, electrical machines, microprocessors, control systems and communications systems;
  2. design and conduct experiments; analyze and interpret their results. This includes the use of appropriate instruments, procedures and simulation tools;
  3. apply mathematical, scientific, and engineering concepts appropriate to their degree level to technical problem solving;
  4. demonstrate a working knowledge of computer usage including the use of computer software packages for technical problem solving;
  5. produce lucid documents, deliver effective oral presentations with professional quality graphics, and communicate effectively in a professional manner appropriate for a baccalaureate degree graduate;
  6. build and use effective teamwork skills and understand cultural diversity within professional ranks;
  7. understand the professional, ethical and social responsibilities of their professional actions;
  8. have a respect for diversity and a knowledge of contemporary, professional, societal and global issues;
  9. appreciate the value and necessity for sustained learning within and beyond their discipline;
  10. apply creativity through the use of project-based work to design circuits, systems or processes;
  11. have a commitment to quality, timeliness and continuous improvement;
  12. analyze and implement control, power and communications systems;
  13. apply project management techniques to the design of electronic systems;
  14. utilize transform methods and applied differential equations in support of the analysis of systems;
  15. apply circuit analysis, design, computer programming, analog and digital electronics and microelectronics and engineering standards to the building, testing, operation and maintenance of electronic systems; and
  16. apply natural sciences and mathematics (at or above the level of algebra and trigonometry) to the building, testing and operation of electrical and electronic systems.

The following are the annual student enrollment and graduation data for the program:

Academic Year 2012-13
Enrollment: 24 students
Graduation: 8 students

Academic Year 2013-14
Enrollment: 25 students
Graduation: 7 students

Academic Year 2014-15
Enrollment: 21 students
Graduation: 10 students

Academic Year 2015-16
Enrollment: 23 students
Graduation: 7 students

Academic Year 2016-17
Enrollment: 21 students
Graduation: 6 students

Academic Year 2017-18
Enrollment: 36 students
Graduation: 11 students

The baccalaureate degree in Electrical Engineering Technology at Penn State Wilkes-Barre is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET (www.abet.org).