What is Electrical Engineering Technology?
Electrical engineering technology (EET) is a comprehensive five-year, cooperative education (co-op) program that applies the principles of electrical technology to real-world problems. Electrical technologists work in all areas where electrical technology and computers exist.
The curriculum provides a foundation of fundamental courses in electrical technology at the lower level, and at the upper level emphasizes the areas of communications, instrumentation, analog and digital controls, microprocessors, microcontrollers, power systems and digital signal processing. Graduates in electrical engineering technology will be able to design and install all types of electrical instrumentation as well as computers and their networks. They will also be able to prepare presentations and write technical documents.
Incoming and transfer students seeking a degree to further careers in computer networks, microcontroller programming, industrial and robotics intelligence systems are encouraged to apply for a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering technology with computer track option.
Admission criteria for this program vary based on the relative strength of test scores, class rank, GPA and co-curricular activities. Please see the Freshman Class Profile for this major in the Quick Facts sidebar on this page for the range of academic credentials typically accepted into this program. Test scores in the lower range may be acceptable with higher class rank and/or GPA.
Freshmen applying to this program should also have completed the following college preparatory subjects:
- English (4 units)
- Mathematics, including algebra, geometry and either pre-calculus or calculus (4 units)
- Science, including Chemistry and Physics (3 units)
- Social sciences (3 units)
- Electives (5 units)
Successful electrical engineering technologists have excellent skills in analog and digital circuit analysis and design, electric power systems, digital and analog electronic communication, telecommunications and industrial control.
Typically, they are interested in electrical/electronics equipment, electronic communication, electric power generation and transmission, automatic control theory and implementation, robotic control, modern instrumentation and sensors -- all important proficiencies required of EETs.
Graduates in this field are among the most highly sought in industry, and starting salaries are among the highest for all college graduates. This strong demand should continue for the foreseeable future. Bachelor of science degree graduates are well prepared for entry-level professional industrial positions and are generally given design and project responsibility.
Graduates find employment as production engineer, process engineer, electrical design engineer, electronics support engineer and controls technician. Recent employers include: Dana Corp., DRS Mobilized Environmental Systems, Ganymede Corp., Mitsubishi Electric Automotive, Northup Grumman, National Air & Space Intelligence Center, Duke Energy, Procter & Gamble, A & A Inc., L3 Communication, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, U.S. Department of Defense contractors and Rockwell Automation.
Students electing the computer track will find careers utilizing their expanded knowledge in computer networks, microcontroller programming, industrial and robotics intelligence systems.
Transfer students in good standing from accredited colleges and universities will be considered for admission to the college at the first, second and third-year levels. The degree requirement of professional practice experience normally precludes acceptance beyond the third-year level. For further detailed information such as required grade point average, please refer to the Transfer Students page.
Students changing majors from other programs or colleges within UC will be considered based on the same criteria as outside transfers.
Freshmen must begin the program during fall semester. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. High school students who wish to be considered for scholarships must apply by December 1 of their senior year.