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General Engineering Technology

The General Engineering Technology program is designed to prepare individuals to meet the growing needs of high-technology industries for trained technicians. Courses in this applied science degree are designed to develop competent engineering technicians who, upon graduation, will have the academic and technical preparation to enter demanding workforce positions, to pursue additional on-the-job training, or to enroll in an advanced program of study in engineering technology. Students in this program should consult with the engineering technology faculty advisor to select career electives.

Program Information

Graduates of the General Engineering Technology program should have the ability to:

  • Understand the fundamental concepts of current and voltage, both alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC)
  • Become familiar with functionality of electrical components such as resistors, capacitors, inductors, transformers, transistors, electro-mechanical, optical and integrated circuits
  • Analysis of circuits to determine functionality
  • Understand digital logic circuits and their applications and analyze operation
  • Perform troubleshooting on an electrical circuit to determine faults and corrective action
  • Ability to use technical documentation for analysis, troubleshooting and repair
  • Communicate technical concepts and status in both verbal and written form

Admission Requirements

In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, entry into this program requires proficiency in English, reading, and mathematics. Students who do not meet entry requirements, or whose placement test scores indicate a need for further preparation, will be placed in the appropriate developmental courses in English, mathematics, and/or reading. These developmental course credits do not apply toward the degree. Students required to take two or more developmental courses will need additional semesters to complete the degree.

First Semester
# Title Lecture Lab Credit
ENG 111 College Composition I* 3 0 3
ETR 113 AC/DC Fundamentals I 2 3 3
HIS Approved Transfer History* 3 0 3
HLT/PED Elective 0 2 1
MTH 163 Precalculus I 3 0 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills* 1 0 1
Approved Transfer Social Science* 3 0 3
Semester Total 15 5 17
Second Semester
# Title Lecture Lab Credit
ENG 112 English Composition II* 3 0 3
ETR 114 AC/DC Fundamentals II 2 3 3
ETR 203 Electronic Devices I 3 3 4
MTH 164 Precalculus II 3 0 3
Approved Transfer History* 3 0 3
Semester Total 14 6 16
Third Semester
# Title Lecture Lab Credit
Approved Career Elective2 2 3 3
Approved Career Electives2 3 3 4
PHY 201 General College Physics with lab* 3 3 4
Humanities Elective* 3 0 3
ETR 271 Microcomputer Electronics I 3 3 4
Semester Total 14 12 18
Forth Semester
# Title Lecture Lab Credit
Approved Career Elective2 3 3 4
Approved Career Elective2 3 3 4
Humanities Elective1* 3 0 3
PHY 202 General College Physics with lab* 3 3 4
Semester Total 12 9 15

Total Minimum Credits: 66

1 This requirement may be satisfied by successfully completing an approved course in one of the following disciplines: ART, ENG (Lit), HUM, MUS, PHI, REL, or an approved humanities course.

2 The following courses will satisfy approved career elective requirements: CAD 201, DRF 135, DRF 231, DRF 323, EGR 120, ELE 120, ELE 127, ELE 143, ELE 144, ELE 101, ETR 198, ETR 204, ITN 107, ITP 132, ETR 272 and ETR 263.

* Course required for General Education Certificate



Depending upon the career-related electives chosen, the successful graduate should be eligible for employment in one or more of the following occupations: Electronics Technician, Electronics Laboratory Technician, Engineering Aide, Sales Engineer, Computer Technician, Industrial Engineering Technician, Industrial Electronics Technician, and Design Engineering Technician.


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