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Electronic Engineering Technology Program

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Electronic Engineering Technology Related Theory

431- 0X Exploratory Program Related / Shop (6 Days)
A beginning course in electricity, this course covers basic electric circuit theory, the nature of electricity, resistance, current and voltage. Students at the end of exploratory should demonstrate the following: Solder and assemble a basic electronic kit, component identification, work safety with electronics and electricity, demonstrate the use of a DMM in volts/ohms mode and complete basic laboratories.

XXX-09 Direct Current Circuits (Freshmen Year)
A beginning course in electricity, this course covers basic electric circuit theory, the nature of electricity, resistance, current and voltage. Detailed coverage of topics includes direct current, Ohm's law, series circuits and parallel circuits as well as energy and power relationships. This course also covers DC circuit analysis techniques including mesh and nodal analysis, and network theorems such as Norton's, Thevenin's and maximum power transfer. The transient response of capacitors and inductors are discussed when a DC voltage is applied using the various circuit and analysis techniques. Additional topics include the discussion of alternating waveform characteristics and analysis of sinusoidal alternating waveforms.

208-10 Alternating Current Circuit Analysis (Sophomore Year)
A continuation of Electric Circuits. This course covers AC circuit analysis techniques including mesh and nodal analysis, and network theorems such as Norton's, Thevenin's, and maximum power transfer. Treatment is given to circuits containing dependent and independent sources of voltage and current. Resonance and basic filters are covered in detail as well as magnetism. Additional topics covered, as time allows, are transformers and three-phase circuits.

408-11 Semiconductors (Junior Year)
This is a study of the physical behavior of electronic devices. Emphasis is on analysis and application of electronic circuits utilizing semiconductor diodes, operational amplifiers, and transistors. Topics covered include rectification, clipping and clamping circuits, regulated power supplies, basic op-amps, biasing of transistors, and simplified AC modeling of transistor circuits. Engineering Design Automation (EDA) tools are used to reinforce the theory through electronic analysis simulations. The non-ideal characteristics of op-amps and other electronic devices will be discussed with applications emphasizing offset, gain and linearity. Other topics may include but are not limited to: sensors, pulse width modulations, Bode plots, SCRs, TRIACs and optoelectronics. EDA tools are used to reinforce the theory with electronic analysis simulations.

408-12-A Digital Fundamentals (Senior Year I)
Topics covered include basic logic gates, Base 2, 10, and 16 number systems, BCD, Gray and ASCII codes, Boolean algebra, Karnaugh maps, flip-flops, counters, programmable logic devices and other related digital devices. The internal structure of logic families, complex digital circuits, synchronous logic, A/D and D/A conversion, timing diagrams, computer bus systems, programmable logic devices (PLD), and complex circuit debugging. The topic of digital interfacing is also covered. This includes interfacing various logic families to each other as well as interfacing logic to various I/O loads.
408-12-B Embedded Microsystems, Arduino (Senior Year II)
Personal computers are used to host an integrated hardware/software development system for applications with embedded Atmel AtMega328 series Microcontrollers. A system level approach to the specification, decomposition, hardware/software development, and system integration for the implementation of embedded systems is covered through lecture and laboratory experiments. Topics covered include microcontroller architecture, instruction sets, interfacing, and real-time programming techniques in wiring language. Laboratory exercises consist of system level development in serial and parallel data transfer, data acquisition, and analog input and output signal processing.

Electronic Engineering Technology Shop / Laboratories

XXX-09 Freshmen Shop / Laboratories
Students will be able to operate standard analog laboratory instruments including the DMM and oscilloscope. They will be able to solder PC board connections for IC chips, sockets and standard components. Students will collect data and display the data using proper graphing techniques on appropriate graph paper. The student will be able to use the scientific calculator utilizing the majority of the scientific functions on the calculator. The student will be able to use Ohm's law to solve series, parallel and series-parallel DC circuits. Students will use basic electrical quantities and analyze series, parallel an series-parallel DC circuits. They will be able to employ Kirchoff's Laws and the various network theorems to simplify and systematically attack complex DC circuit problems. In addition, students will be able to design simple meter circuits and determine the correct type of electrical instrument for a particular application.

168-10 Sophomore Shop / Laboratories
At the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to analyze complex AC circuits comprised of resistors, capacitors, and inductors, and use the J operator (complex algebra) to calculate impedance, currents, voltages and phase angles. She/he will be able to use standard laboratory test equipment such as the oscilloscope, VOM, DMM, audio generator, frequency counter, and others to measure and verify calculated values.

108-11 Junior Shop / Laboratories
This course introduces the students to the active devices used in electronics circuits and their theory of operation. It covers the characteristics and applications of semiconductor diodes, different transistor biasing methods and operational amplifiers. The applications will include amplifiers, rectifiers, op-amps, oscillators, and timers. Laboratory experiments along with course projects are designed to support the theory and provide practical skills that students need to design, construct and analyze analog circuits.

108-12-A Senior Shop / Laboratories
This course is an introduction to the basic principles of digital electronics. Students will be able to quantitatively identify the fundamentals of computers, including number systems, logic gates, logic and arithmetic subsystems and integrated circuits. The student will gain the practical skills necessary to work with digital circuits through problem solving and hands-on laboratory experience with logic gates, encoders, flip-flops, counters, shift registers, adders, etc. The student will be able to analyze and design simple logic circuits using tools such as Boolean algebra and Karnaugh Mapping and will be able to draw logic diagrams using both the traditional logic symbols and the ANSI/IEEE symbols with dependency notation.

108-12-B Senior Shop / Laboratories
This course is an introduction to the basic principles of Arduino microcontroller architecture and wiring language programming. This course is divided into two sections, hardware and software, and is designed on the Atmel family of microcontroller. In the hardware portion of the course, the student will become proficient in microcontroller and interfacing. In the software portion of the course the student will become proficient in writing wiring language programs using a microcomputer and an AVRdude assembler. The student will become familiar with the microcontroller instruction set and will write programs consisting of loops, time delays, indexing and subroutines.

Design Project Preparation All Grades XXX-09, 168-10, 108-11, 108-12
This course contains the background material and preparation necessary for Shop Projects and consists of two separate learning modules which are studied concurrently. Module one covers the mechanics of designing and fabricating printed circuit boards. This includes the use of Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools including, but not limited to, schematic capture and printed circuit board layout. An overview of current industry standards of workmanship and safety is included. In the second module, the student selects a project, obtains approval for that project and develops project definition. Much latitude is given in selecting a project. Projects may be undertaken individually or as teams. They may be internal or collaborative with industry. The project may involve developing a specific circuit or a more general exposure in an appropriate industrial environment. Ultimately, the project must meet the requirements outlined in Project Check Sheet and receive final approval from the instructor. Having received final approval, the definition will serve as a guideline for the next phase of the project.


Electronic Engineering Technology Electives
EET 251 Advanced Electronics Communications (4 Week Elective Course)
This course introduces students to get an Amateur Radio Operators Technician Class license. Fundamentals of electricity, electronic circuit theory, electronic components, radio theory and electromagnetic wave propagation, antennas, feed lines, amateur radio operating procedures, practices, equipment, FCC rules and regulations. (Prerequisites: Competition of Freshmen and Sophomore year)

EET 261 Introduction to Robotic Systems, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology F.I.R.S.T. (6 Week Elective Course)
Robotics Systems is a cross-disciplinary program that prepares the student for employment in all sectors of industry in which robotic devices and systems are utilized. All aspects of robotic systems are presented with emphasis on digital and microprocessor electronics, sensor operation and interfacing, high and low-level programming, mechanical design/solid modeling, and autonomous robotic operation. The program is designed to prepare graduates for immediate employment as an electronic engineering technician or manufacturing technician in robotics and robotics-related industries such as manufacturing, aerospace, and defense. (Open to all shops and grades, starts the 1st of January)

EET 271 MCAS Technology/Engineering Preparation Course (4 Week Elective Course)
Prepare for the Fundamentals of MCAS Technology/Engineering Examination Refresh yourself on essential theories, methods, and concepts. The objective of each topic is to cover the key concepts with useful practical exercises and laboratories. The topics covered will provide students with an excellent background and working knowledge in engineering design, material tools and machines, bioengineering, manufacturing technologies, transportation technologies and construction technologies. (Currently open to Sophomore EET students only)

EET 281 COMPTIA A+ Certification (10 Week Elective Course)
If you are getting ready for a career as an entry-level information technology (IT) professional or personal computer (PC) service technician, the CompTIA® A+® Certification course is the first step in your preparation. The course will build on your existing user-level knowledge and experience with personal computer software and hardware to present fundamental skills and concepts that you will use on the job. In this course, you will acquire the essential skills and information you will need to install, upgrade, repair, configure, troubleshoot, optimize, and perform preventative maintenance of basic personal computer hardware and operating systems. (Prerequisites: Completion of Freshmen and Sophomore year)

EET 291 Advance Manufacturing Techniques (4 Week Elective Course)
In this course the student produces and manufactures an assigned product from cradle to grave. Project management including gantt charts, lean manufacturing, mass production and direct contact with suppliers. Student will also have a business model including the aspects of technical manufacturing design. Costing techniques applicable in advanced manufacturing enterprises: activity based costing, Japanese cost management techniques, life cycle costing, theory of constraints, cost of quality, economic value added, and financial versus operational performance measures. Emphasis will be placed on linkages to such advanced manufacturing systems as cellular manufacturing, flexible manufacturing, JIT, Lean, and ERP. This course also includes topics of composites, electronics manufacturing, automated material handling, assembly, inspection, warehousing, factory and office of the future. Automation, robotic applications, flexible manufacturing systems, group technology and the economics of the automated systems. (Currently open to Senior EET students not on co-op)