Electrical Engineering Technology

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The Electrical Engineering Technology AAS degree program trains students interested in applying electrical theory and design to industry products, systems and structures. Graduates of the Electrical concentration typically are employed as electrical engineering technicians who plan, purchase, install, test, operate, and maintain electrical systems and controls for residential and industrial facilities. The Electronic concentration focuses on electronic design, repair, and manufacturing, preparing graduates for careers in the communications industry, broadcasting, data transmission, or computer industry. The Automated Systems Control concentration (offered only at the Cookeville Campus) readies students for industrial automation careers working with laboratory equipment, programmable logic controllers, motion sensors, transducers, and human machine interfaces.

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Advising Sheet Archives

 

2014–2015 Advising Sheets

A.A.S. Degree Concentration Advising Sheets
Automated Control Systems Concentration
Electrical Concentration
Electronic Concentration

Technical Certificate
Industrical Electrical Maintenance

 

2013–2014 Advising Sheets

A.A.S. Degree Concentration Advising Sheets
Automated Control Systems Concentration
Electrical Concentration
Electronic Concentration

Technical Certificate
Industrical Electrical Maintenance

 

More about Electrical Engineering Technology AAS Degree Concentrations

Degree Requirement

Student earning an Associate of Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of technical course work at Nashville State.
 

Program Outcomes for the Electrical Engineering Technology AAS Degree
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and ability to apply circuit analysis and design, computer technology, analog and digital electronics, and electrical and electronic principles to install, test, and maintain systems;
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate using oral, written, and graphical skills;
  • Function on teams demonstrating leadership, individual ability, and team skills; and
  • Exhibit a commitment to quality and dependability.
 
AAS Degree Program Concentrations
 
Electrical Engineering Technology Concentration

Industrial low voltage distribution and control systems as well as power distribution systems with associated equip­ment are studied. Emphasis is placed on both theory and practical troubleshooting and design techniques in a laboratory setting. Topics include:

  • AC and DC Motors and Generators
  • Electronic Control Systems
  • Ladder Logic
  • Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Power Electronics
  • PC’s and Software
  • Power Distribution
  • Electrical Codes
  • Testing and Measurement
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • CAD and Drafting

Concentration Outcomes

  • Differentiate, analyze, and construct DC and AC circuits;
  • Examine and demonstrate the application of discrete devices, digital, and analog circuits;
  • Understand and apply proper techniques for analyzing and producing drawings;
  • Create original and modify existing PLC programs;
  • Assemble and wire transformers and rotating machinery; and
  • Demonstrate knowledge of industrial electrical hardware, codes, and various electrical/electronic systems.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Electrical Engineering Technology program will have a background that enables them to apply their knowledge and understand future developments in the electrical field.

A degree in Electrical Engineering Technology leads to high paying jobs and careers:

  • Industrial Technician: Maintains, designs, tests and installs plant automation equipment, computer control systems, PLC’s, ladder logic, motors and variable speed drives.
  • Electrical Engineer’s Aide: Aids the engineer in the design, development and testing of electrical systems and equipment and may work with industry or consulting firms.
  • Utilities/Power Maintenance: Maintains and installs high voltage distribution systems for public utilities and industry.
  • Additional opportunities include:
    • Manufacturing Technician
    • Electrical Designer/Drafter
    • Planner/Designer
    • Process Control Technician
    • Technical Manager
    • Process Control Technician
    • Maintenance Technician
    • Construction Supervisor
    • Technical Sales Representative

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Electronic Engineering Technology Concentration

Typical areas of emphasis are communications, electronic repair, manufacturing and field service repair. Students receive extensive hands-on experience in all the electronic courses using equipment now available on the job in Nashville. Topics include:

  • Computer-Based Design Analysis and Simulation
  • Analog Communications Circuits
  • Digital Communications Circuits
  • Industrial Electronic Controls
  • Computer Programming
  • Digital Electronics and Fiber Optics

Concentration Outcomes

  • Differentiate, analyze, and construct DC and AC circuits;
  • Examine and demonstrate the application of discrete devices, digital, and analog circuits;
  • Understand and apply proper techniques for analyzing and producing drawings; and
  • Understand analog and digital information transmission by wire, fiber, and wireless.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology program will have a background that enables them to apply their knowledge and understand future developments in the electronics field.

A degree in Electrical Engineering Technology with an Electronic concentration leads to high paying jobs and careers:

  • Customer Service Technician: Installs and maintains various types of electronic equipment with service occasionally provided at the customer site.
  • Electronic Engineer’s Aide: Aids the engineer in the design, development and testing of electronic systems and equipment and may work with industry or consulting firms.
  • Industrial Maintenance Technician: Works as an electronic repair technician in large industrial sites.
  • Telecommunications Technician: Installs and maintains various types of communications, broadcasting or cable television and broadband equipment.
  • Additional opportunities include:
    • Manufacturing Technician
    • Technical Manager
    • Process Control Technician
    • Bench Electronic Repair
    • Digital Communications Tech
    • Maintenance Technician
    • Technical Sales Representative

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Automated Control Systems Concentration

Some technical courses are offered only on the Cookeville Campus.
Program Information: Cookeville Campus, 931-520-0551 x 104, E-mail: automation@nscc.edu

The Automated Control Systems concentration of the Electrical Engineering Technology degree prepares students for a career in the field of industrial automation. The program includes instruction in the theory and application of automatic control systems as well as numerous hands-on laboratory experiences using off-the-shelf automation equipment as seen in a typical industrial application. Students will gain an in depth understanding of programmable control systems such as programmable logic controllers (PLC), programmable motion controllers, process controllers, transducers, and human machine interface (HMI) systems.

Concentration Outcomes

  • Differentiate, analyze, and construct DC and AC circuits;
  • Create original and modify existing programs for PLCs and other programmable devices;
  • Create functional and usable HMIs programs;
  • Integrate various off-the-shelf automation products to produce a complete automated manufacturing system; and
  • Use software application programs such as CAD, word processors, and spreadsheets, to produce technical documents such as operations manuals, electrical schematics, and technical reports.

Career Opportunities

  • Control Systems Technician
  • Industrial Maintenance Technician
  • Process Control Technician
  • Instrumentation Technician

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Career Services and Cooperative Education

The college has a very active Career Services Office that assists students, graduates and alumni with their career and employment needs.

For more information, please visit the Career Services Office Web site, phone 615-353-3248, or e-mail careerservices@nscc.edu.
 

Program Faculty

Tim DeanTim Dean, Professor, Automated Control Systems Concentration Program Coordinator, Cookeville Campus, 931-520-0551 ext. 104

Education
B.S. Electrical Engineering, Tennessee Tech University, 1992
M.S. Electrical Engineering, Tennessee Tech University, 1995
Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Tennessee Tech University, 2004

 


David FinneyDavid Finney, Associate Professor, 615-353-3463

Education
B.S. Aerospace Administration, Middle Tennessee State University, 1974
First Class Radio-Telephone License, 1976
FCC Certified Electrical Contractor
GM Professional Instructor
M.S. Human Resource Development, University of Tennessee, 1995
M.S. Engineering Technology, East Tennessee State University, 1999
Licensed Master Electrician

 


Sam GarnerSam Garner, Associate Professor, Cookeville Campus, 931-520-0551 ext. 110

Education
Certificate, Electrical Maintenance, Nashville Area Vocational School
A.A.S. Electrical Engineering Technology, Nashville State Technical Institute, 1983
B.S. Electro-Mechanical Technology, Middle Tennessee State University, 1989

 

 


Joel LavalleyJoel Lavalley, Associate Professor, 615-353-3451

Education
A.A.S. Electronics Technology, Morehead State University, 1982
B.S. Industrial Technology, Morehead State University, 1983

 


Richard McKinneyRichard McKinney, Associate Professor, 615-353-3466

Education
B.A. Physics and French, Middle Tennessee State University, 1979
M.S. Engineering Technology, East Tennessee State University, 1999
2000–2012, Little Planet Learning, Inc., Corporate Educational Multimedia Training

 


Don PelsterDon Pelster, Professor, 615-353-3514

Education
B.E. Biomedical Engineering, Vanderbilt University, 1969
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Vanderbilt University, 1976
Ph.D. Control Systems, Vanderbilt University, 1980
Registered Professional Engineer, 1983

 


Innocent UsohInnocent Usoh, Professor, 615-353-3473

Education
B.S.E.E. Electrical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 1980
M.S.E.E. Electrical Engineering, Tuskegee University, 1982
Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction, Tennessee State University, 2003

 

Program Accreditation - Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE)

The Electrical Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied EngineeringThe Electrical Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).

Program Performance

Contact Information

E-mail: electric.tech@nscc.edu
Program Office: 615-353-3475

Don Pelster, Program Coordinator
Phone: 615-353-3514

Richard McKinney, Program Coordinator
Phone: 615-353-3466

Tim Dean, Cookeville Campus,
Automation Program Coordinator
Phone: 931-520-0551 ext. 104

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Advising Sheets

Please see Advising Sheet Archives on the left for previous year advising sheets.

AAS Degree Concentrations
Electrical Concentration
Electronic Concentration
Automated Control Systems Concentration

Technical Certificate
Industrial Electrical Maintenance

Catalog and Class Schedule

See NSCC Catalog for program requirements, recommended schedules, course descriptions and syllabi.

See Class Schedule for course availability.

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