(Effective Fall 2020)

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). Graduates will also have the background needed to progress 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 incoming students must meet placement requirements in English, math, and reading. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting).

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • demonstrate knowledge of electrical principles and laws through the use of mathematical formulas to solve electrical problems in both direct and alternating current equipment and systems.
  • develop schematic diagrams and wiring diagrams using a CAD program, and transform them into functioning systems that comply with the National Electrical code and/or other specifications.
  • communicate electrical and technical information effectively verbally and/or in writing.
  • demonstrate knowledge of general and OSHA safety practices.
  • operate test equipment and instrumentation to analyze, troubleshoot, repair, and operate electrical/electronic circuits, systems, and equipment. 
  • demonstrate knowledge and theory of single and three phase power and distribution systems used in residential and industrial settings.
  • explain the theory, mechanics, and control of rotating machinery.
  • demonstrate basic knowledge of local area network concepts to install, configure and initially troubleshoot existing network cabling and hardware.
  • demonstrate knowledge of microprocessor-based industrial control devices such as PLC and electrical drives.
  • apply knowledge of networkable and analog input and output devices as used by PLC’s.
  • explain the theory, operation and troubleshooting of solid state electronic systems and devices

Curriculum

First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
ELT111 Direct Current Fundamentals 5 4 3 M REQ
ELT100 Topics of Construction Safety 3 3 M REQ
ELT116 Construction Lab I - Residential 5 3 6 M REQ
MTH124 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ
or
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
ELT120 Construction Lab II-Commercial 5 3 6 M REQ
ELT122 Alternating Current Fundamentals 5 4 3 M REQ
ELT130 Electrical Drawing and Print Reading 2 1 3 M REQ
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
ELT234 Electrical Motor Control 4 3 3 M REQ
ELT235 Industrial Electronics 6 4 6 M REQ
ENL121 English Composition II 3 3 S REQ
or
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 S REQ
PHS103 Physics Survey 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
ELT245 Introduction to Programmable Logic Control 4 3 3 M REQ
ELT254 Industrial Power and Control Systems 4 3 3 M REQ
ELT249 Programmable Logic Control Input/Output Devices 4 3 3 M REQ
ARP Core Arts Perspective 3   S ARP
or
AAP Core Applied Arts Perspective 3   S AAP
or
CDP Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective 3   S CDP
or
HIP Core Historical Perspective 3   S HIP
or
SSP Core Social Science Perspective 3   S SSP
ELT221 Applied Industrial Networking Essentials 2 1 3 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 17