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Electrical Engineering Technology Course Descriptions

Support Group

MATH 171 – Calculus I (4 cr (4+0))

Real valued functions of a single variable. Concept of derivative, antiderivative and definite integral. Differentiation and applications, including optimization and curve-sketching. Emphasis on problem solving, approximation, data analysis and visualization.

Prerequisites: MATH 108 Pre-Calculus or MATH 104 College Algebra and MATH 106 Trigonometry with grade(s) of C or better or four years of college preparatory mathematics and a satisfactory score on a placement examination.

MATH 172 – Calculus II (4 cr (4+0))

Definite integration and applications, several techniques of integration, approximation and improper integrals. Numerical differential equations, slope fields, Euler's method and mathematical modeling. Taylor and Fourier Series.

Prerequisite: MATH 171 Calculus I

PHYS 107 or 109 – General Physics I (5 cr (4+2))

A survey of kinematics, dynamics and thermodynamics including fundamentals of mechanics, Newton’s laws of motion, energy conservation and momentum conservation. Concepts are connected to their use in technology and their manifestation in natural phenomena. Course may be algebra-based or calculus-based.

PHYS 107 Prerequisite: MATH 104 College Algebra and MATH 106 Trigonometry or MATH 108 Pre-Calculus.

PHYS 109 Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in or prior completion of MATH 171 Calculus I.


Fundamentals Group

ENGR 101 Fundamentals of Engineering Technology (2 cr (2+0))                                            

This course is designed to equip engineering technology students with the necessary tools and background information to prepare them to be a successful student as well as a successful practicing engineering technologist. Topics covered in this course include ethics, project managements, team work, working with data, creating presentations, engineering design and a thorough understanding of the engineering technology profession.


ENGR 105 Fundamentals of Drawing (3 cr (0+6))                                                                      

Introduces common industry drafting practices in the design process with an emphasis on computer-aided drafting (CAD). Topics include sketching, drawing setup and organization, dimensioning, orthographic and isometric projections, and CAD standards and guidelines.

PrerequisiteMATH 106 Trigonometry or placement in/completion of any higher math course.


ENGR 130 Basic Electrical Circuits I (4 cr (3+2))

This course uses theory, laboratory investigation, and circuit simulation software to introduce basic electrical and circuit analysis principles. Emphasis is placed on direct current (DC) circuits containing voltage and current sources and resistor networks in series, parallel, and series-parallel configurations. This course also introduces the concepts of electric and magnetic fields in the context of capacitors and inductors and their transient responses in DC circuits. A unit on basic alternating current (AC) resistive circuits with sinusoidal voltage and current sources is included.

Prerequisites: MATH 104 College Algebra or completion of/placement in any higher math course.


ENGR 131 Basic Electrical Circuits II (4 cr (3+2))

This course uses theory, laboratory investigation, and circuit simulation software to introduce intermediate electrical and circuit analysis principles. Emphasis is placed on the steady state characteristics of sinusoidal alternating current (AC) circuits with resistive and reactive (capacitors and inductors) elements in series, parallel, and series-parallel configurations. Transformers, three-phase power, frequency response analysis, and selected direct current (DC) topics will also be introduced.

Prerequisite: ENGR 130 Basic Electrical Circuits I


ENGR 232 Semiconductor Devices (3 cr (2+2))

Introduces properties of semiconductor materials and how they are manipulated to create several types of diodes, transistors, and optoelectronic devices. The theory and operation of these devices is explored in the context of a wide array of applications including rectifier, amplifier, and switching circuits. Laboratory experiments are performed to measure device characteristics and verify circuit performance.

Prerequisite: ENGR 130 Basic Electrical Circuits I and concurrent registration in or prior completion of ENGR 131 Basic Electrical Circuits II


ENGR 240 Logic & Control Devices (3 cr (2+2))

This course introduces applications of electromechanical control using switches, indicators, relays, timers, and programmable logic controllers (PLCs). Two-state logic and Boolean algebra are used to create ladder logic control programs for electromechanical controls and in PLC software. PLC programming topics include troubleshooting, timers, counters, sequencers, and analog and digital input and output.

Prerequisite: ENGR 130 Basic Electrical Circuits I


ENGR 284 Professional Skills in Engineering (1 cr (1+0))

This course will expose students to the expectations of a professional work environment and help them learn to balance field and office responsibilities. The exploration of engineering-related professions will help students identify both personally and professionally satisfying opportunities. The will also explore interviewing, social media, presentation, and personal conduct at the work place.



Advanced Study Group

ENGR 320 Motors and Drives (4 cr (3+2))

Selection, setup and circuitry associated with AC and DC drives and motors. Topics include DC motors and generator configuration, shunt, compound, and permanent magnet DC motor performance and characteristics. Series DC, compound DC, AC induction, specialty machine performance and characteristics, stepper motors, servomotors, and three-phase power systems are also included.

Prerequisite: ENGR 130 Basic Electrical Circuits I and (PHYS 107 or 109 General Physics I)


ENGR 325 Signals & Systems (3 cr (3+0))

An introduction to analysis techniques for continuous-time and discrete-time signals and typical model systems. Topics include system definitions and properties such as linearity, causality, time invariance, and stability. Signal representations including Fourier and Laplace transforms will be used in convolution calculations, transfer functions and determinations of system responses. Applications to circuit analysis will be made. Software packages such as MATLAB will be use.

Prerequisite: ENGR 232 Semiconductor Devices and MATH 172 Calculus II


ENGR 333 Linear Circuits (3 cr (2+2))

This course focuses on the operation, analysis, and application of linear active circuits utilizing transistors, operational amplifiers, comparators, mixers, and other components as well as integrated circuit functions such as converters and phase locked loops. This course uses a balance of theory, analysis using circuit simulation software, and practical application through laboratory investigation and troubleshooting.

Prerequisite: ENGR 232 Semiconductor Devices and MATH 172 Calculus II


ENGR 340 Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers (3 cr (2+2))

Topics such as interfacing programmable logic controllers to communicate with each other, remote control of inputs and outputs, and networking devices together into a complete system are covered. Actuators used in typical industrial-related processes are explored, including operation, connectivity and configuration. Operation and application of electronic instrumentation, measurement devices and methods of measurements using various sensors and transducers are also covered. Principles of open and closed loop control systems are applied, including an introduction to proportional-integral-derivative control techniques. Signal conditioning and connection configurations are studied and applied.

Prerequisite: ENGR 240 Logic & Control Devices and COMP SCI 142 Introduction to Programming


ENGR 342 Measurement, Control, and Data Acquisition (3 cr (2+2))

Introduces techniques for collecting precision measurements, interpreting measurement data, and using it to control systems. Hands-on laboratory experiments will demonstrate the operation of real industrial systems (compressed air, pumping, chilled water, and furnace) and use precision measurement theory as it relates to process measurements and the accuracy of measurements in industrial processes.

Prerequisite: ENGR 130 Basic Electrical Circuits I


ENGR 346 Electrical Power Systems and Distribution (3 cr (3+0))

Characteristics of various three-phase power configurations and in-plant power distribution are covered.  Students will also gain exposure to utility systems interconnection from generation through distribution which includes: powerhouse, hydroelectric, wind, solar and nuclear, EHV and HV transmission, the utility grid, device coordination, metering, protective relays, fuses, breakers, and fault current interrupting.

Prerequisite: ENGR 232 Semiconductor Devices


ENGR 348 Electromagnetic Fields and Applications (3 cr (3+0))

This course includes electromagnetic vector quantities and vector operations in spherical, cylindrical, and rectangular coordinate systems. Static and dynamic systems are explored in the context of applications such as circuits, dielectric and permeable materials, transmission lines, antennas and waveguides.

Prerequisite: ENGR 333 Linear Circuits


ENGR 350 Data Communication & Protocols (3 cr (3+0))

The concepts needed to understand the important field of data communications and networking are presented in this course. The principles associated with data communication, transmission media, interfaces, error control, flow control, synchronization, circuit switching and packet switching are investigated. The course concentrates on the physical and data link layers of communication networks. Commonly used protocols and interface standards are emphasized.

Prerequisite: ENGR 325 Signals & Systems


ENGR 352 Communication Systems (3 cr (3+0))

The fundamental concepts and structures needed to understand communication systems are presented. The principles associated with analog communications (amplitude and angle modulation) are introduced. An introduction to probability theory to characterize randomness and noise is provided. The operations of sampling and quantization are used to lay the foundation for digital/data communications. Additional topics include Fourier transforms and wireless communications.

Prerequisite: ENGR 232 Semiconductor Devices and concurrent enrollment in or previous completion of ENGR 325 Signals & Systems or (MATH 172 Calculus II and consent of instructor)


ENGR 360 Engineering Project Management (3 cr (3+0))                                                                

This course is an overview of project management with an emphasis on engineering projects. Topics include pre-construction planning, project scheduling systems, critical path management, risk and effects analysis, and failure modes.

Prerequisite: ET major and junior or senior standing


ENGR 390 Mechatronics (4 cr (2+4))                                                                                               

The study of the integration of mechanical, electrical and electronic systems. Students from the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Technology programs will form multidisciplinary teams and will design and build a project using an electromechanical control system.

Prerequisites: ENGR 130 Basic Electrical Circuits I and ENGR 320 Motors & Drives


ENGR 396 Engineering Technology Seminar (1 cr (1+0))

This course will provide the time and space for students to engage in engineering-related scholarship at a high level and expose them to a diverse set of professionals. The course is intended to bring diversity to a student’s education by allowing them to present research, interact with professionals from outside the university and their discipline, and by fostering a recognition of the breadth of engineering-related fields.


ENGR 400 Co-op or Internship (1-3 cr)

Co-ops or internships are offered on an individual basis at the student's request and consists of a program of learning activities planned in consultation with a faculty member. A student wishing to study or conduct research in an area not represented in available scheduled courses should develop a preliminary proposal and seek the sponsorship of a faculty member. The student's advisor can direct him or her to instructors with appropriate interests. A written report or equivalent is required for evaluation, and a short title describing the program must be sent early in the semester to the registrar for entry on the student's transcript.


ENGR 402 Engineering Technology Field Experience (1-4 cr)

This course will provide the student with a hands-on experience in an Engineering Technology field application setting. These field sites include renewable energy facilities, laboratories, industry. The field experience will not be covered in other courses. Each time this course is offered the content will be announced in the class schedule.

Prerequisites: ET 101 or ET 201 or ET 202 or ET 203


ENGR 410 Capstone Project (3 cr (1+4))

Students form teams as directed and define a technological problem. Detailed problem specifications are formed. Each project team develops a formal project proposal and delivers a formal presentation. Each student maintains a bounded engineering log notebook.

Prerequisite: Senior standing

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