The Electrical Engineering Technology (ELET) program at UNC Charlotte prepares graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology (BSET) program for careers across a broad spectrum of technologies.
The UNC Charlotte ELET program includes course-work in the following areas:
- Linear Circuits (Application of fundamental tools from Physics and Mathematics to the analysis and design of analog (linear) electrical and electronic systems)
- Digital Logic and Systems (Application and design of digital systems for logical decision making, system control, and digital signal processing)
- Microprocessors, Microcontrollers and Embedded Systems (Applications, principles, technology, and design and interfacing )
- Electronic Circuits and Systems (Applications and principles of modern electronic devices as used in electronic control, communications, consumer applications, and energy control)
- Control Systems (Applications of classical and modern feedback control systems to a wide variety of electrical and mechanical systems)
- Power Systems (Transmission and modeling of power components and systems)
The first two years of Electrical Engineering Technology concentrate on fundamentals of mathematics and science along with the development of written and oral communications skills. Technological topics of study include DC circuits (to introduce the fundamental physical principles and applied mathematics that underlie all circuit behavior), AC circuits (to extend basic circuit theory to simple time dependent sources and energy storage elements), Electronic Devices (introduces students to the principles of operation of basic semiconductor and other devices), Simulation and Schematic Capture (computer-aided or traditional methods and technologies for producing electrical circuit diagrams), Digital Logic (introduces the principles, mathematics, and simple circuits used in digital systems), Computer Applications (introduces computers as tools used for mathematical analysis and simulation of electrical circuits), Programming (introduces the principles of logical procedures for problem solving using widely used computer languages) and an introduction to the design process. Coursework emphasizes fundamentals and understanding. Laboratories are used every semester to allow students to "do" as well as "see and hear". Instruction in science and mathematics, along with written and oral communications provides support to current classes as well as preparation for the technical courses to follow.
The third and fourth years of the BSET program provide students with classes intended to expand upon the fundamentals covered in the first two years. Greater emphasis is placed on principles rather than on introductory topics. Computer simulation, as well as more advanced mathematical tools, allows treatment of technologies in greater depth and over a wider range. The program design spine continues through the junior year and culminates in a two-semester Capstone Project in which a student is expected to demonstrate not only an understanding of electrical technologies, but the ability to plan a project, execute a project, and provide written and oral reports about the project.
The upper division (junior and senior years) of the Electrical Engineering Technology Program is also offered as a part-time, Individual Access, BSET Degree completion program to address the needs of working adults. The program is the same as the on-campus program; the program content, objectives and outcomes are identical to the on-campus offerings. However, the program is designed to meet the academic needs of individuals who currently hold the Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS) in an appropriate field of study, but cannot attend classes on campus. All DE courses are available online with the exception of required laboratories which must be completed on campus during the summer. Admission is open to citizens of the United States and non-residents holding permanent U.S. residency only.
Learn more about the Electrical Engineering Technology Distance Education Program.