College Catalog

Electrical Technology (EL)

(Effective Fall 2011)

This curriculum prepares students for jobs in industry as electrical/electronic technicians. Students develop the practical skills needed to work with electrical machinery, electric and electronic machine control devices, and other electronic equipment. The course work emphasizes electrical and electronics and includes theory and lab experience in troubleshooting, circuitry, industrial electronics, electrical machinery and electrical construction practices, as well as programmable logic control (PLC). A strong background in math, science and technical writing increases students' career opportunities. Graduates will also have the background needed to transfer to a four-year technology program.

Career Opportunities

Industrial technician, field service technician, electronic apparatus troubleshooter, electrical laboratory technician, electrical engineering technologist, design assistant, electrical layout facilitator, technical writer.

Recommended High School Subjects

Two years of algebra and one year of physical science (physics recommended). Electrical trade courses are desirable, but not necessary.

Special Equipment Needs

See the Tool List on the Electrical Technology major web page.

Remediation Strategies

All entering students will be tested for English, math, and reading deficiencies. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting.htm). Math placement requirement: level 3 or higher.

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/TransferringCredits.htm ). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:

  • use mathematics and science in the design, development, and analysis of electrical and electronic circuits and systems.
  • interpret and develop blueprints, schematic diagrams, wiring diagrams, and transform them into functioning systems that comply with the National Electrical code and/or other specifications.
  • evaluate technical information and communicate verbally and/or in writing to others in or out of the field.
  • demonstrate basic knowledge of construction procedures and electrical wiring techniques.
  • demonstrate knowledge of advanced electrical/electronic theory through the use of complex numbers and network theorems.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the theory and mechanics of rotating machinery, Programmable Logic Control (PLC) circuitry, transformer banks, and instrumentation.
  • troubleshoot microprocessor-based industrial control devices such as PLC and electro-mechanical systems.
  • demonstrate the ability to use test equipment and instrumentation to analyze, troubleshoot, repair, and operate electrical/electronic circuits, systems, and equipment.
  • demonstrate technical skills in a variety of electrical fields and apply accepted OSHA safety standards.

Curriculum

First SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
ELT111Direct Current Fundamentals 5 
ELT113Accident Prevention 2 
ELT116Construction Lab I - Residential 5 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
MTH180College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
TOTAL CREDITS 19
Second SemesterCredits
ELT120Construction Lab II-Commercial 5 
ELT122Alternating Current Fundamentals 5 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
MTH182College Algebra and Trigonometry II 3 
ELT128Electrical Drawing and Print Reading 2 
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Third SemesterCredits
ELT234Electrical Motor Control 4 
ELT235Industrial Electronics 6 
ENL121English Composition II 3 
or
ENL201Technical and Professional Communication 3 
PHS114Physics with Technological Applications 4 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Fourth SemesterCredits
ELT244Advanced Electrical Theory 3 
ELT245Introduction to Programmable Logic Control 4 
ELT248Electrical Systems Analysis 3 
ELT249Programmable Logic Control Input/Output Devices 4 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
or
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
or
ARTArt Elective 3 
or
FORForeign Language Elective 3 
or
AAEApplied Arts Elective 3 
or
IFEInternational Field Experience Elective 3 
TOTAL CREDITS 17

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