Electrical Engineering Technology
John R. Hackworth, Program Director
Electrical Engineering is a broad and challenging field and the Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) program at Old Dominion University offers two option areas that provide an excellent career foundation: Electrical Systems Technology and Computer Engineering Technology. These programs provide the broad skill set required for entry-level success and long term progression in these dynamic career areas.
The Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, accredits the Electrical Engineering Technology program, leading to the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology. Graduates of TAC of ABET accredited programs are eligible to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination in Virginia and many other states. This exam is the first step to obtaining a professional engineer (PE) license.
Students in Electrical Engineering Technology work with faculty possessing a wealth of industrial experience and this is shared in the classroom. A senior capstone design project allows students to apply the practical knowledge they have gained. Students learn by developing designs and projects that are often presented to and funded by industry to solve real-world problems.
Mission Statement: The BS degree program in Electrical Engineering Technology offers a high quality degree program that meets national standards of excellence. It is a significant component of the University's commitment to science, engineering and technology, particularly in fields of major importance to the region. Through the University's TELETECHNET distance learning program, the Electrical Engineering Technology program provides opportunities for technical personnel throughout the state and elsewhere to enhance their education and pursue baccalaureate level studies. Simultaneously, the program supports the general education components that yield a well-rounded graduate who is aware of societal needs and issues.
Program Educational Objectives: The objective of the electrical engineering technology program is to prepare graduates to establish themselves as successful professionals in structural building design, construction, and surveying/land design or related areas during the first few years of their careers by having demonstrated their ability to:
- Address and solve increasingly complex technical problems related to one's professional field and area of specialization.
- Make well educated, responsible and ethical decisions that will have positive impact on organization and society.
- Work effectively in teams and precisely communicate ideas.
- Continue personal and professional growth.
Electrical Systems Technology Option: This program option prepares graduates for careers involving design, analysis and support of electrical / electronic systems requiring a complex combination of engineering and technical knowledge and skills. Many of these skills focus on the hands- on application of technical expertise involving instrumentation and measurement equipment and computer based control and communications systems.
Graduates are qualified for positions in electronic and electrical product design and development, electronic and electrical system operation and maintenance, field operations, and various other technical functions. Students choosing the Electrical Systems option will take courses in electrical power and machinery (including laboratory), linear electronics (including laboratory), and transmission networks. Students will also take several core courses in the areas of computer-aided analysis and design, digital controls and microprocessors to emphasize the interdisciplinary approach to engineering technology.
The remainder of the technical program consists of senior elective courses in such areas as communications, high frequency and microwave technology, control systems, microcomputer-based design, local area networks, and control systems.
Computer Engineering Technology (ComET) Option: This program option meets the needs of students who are interested in the design and operation of computer and web based systems. ComET provides the skills for career success in designing, building, and installing computer systems of all descriptions including hardware, software, and networking / web operations. Students begin with a core that provides a basis in computer-oriented hardware including electronics, digital systems, and microprocessors. This hardware core is integrated with a series of courses offered by the Department of Computer Science including programming and problem solving, data structures, and software engineering. As a result, students completing the ComET option will also receive a minor in Computer Science. Graduates find employment as network managers, computer system engineers, and network designers.