FAQs for Students and Family
Where can I find employment?
Just about anywhere a graduate wants to live. Logically, there will be more opportunity in Portland than Fort Kent. Graduates have gotten jobs all over the United States from Hawaii to Florida, Maine to California.
What jobs can I get as a graduate of Electrical Engineering Technology?
There are numerous jobs in the manufacturing sector with equipment manufacturers, semiconductors, electronics, paper, power delivery and consulting firms servicing those industries. The most common jobs are project engineer, electrical and instrumentation engineer, equipment engineer, field engineer and applications engineer.
What is the starting salary?
Salaries depend on the location of the employer. The Boston area pays more than Fort Kent. Starting salaries last year ranged from $45,000 to $55,000.
Where do graduates work?
Graduates work across the United States though many choose to stay in Maine. They work in small towns and large cities. Location is largely based on where manufacturing firms are located. Graduates can generally work where ever they desire, in whatever size firm they feel comfortable.
How hard is it to get jobs?
The EET faculty have built a strong network of contacts consisting of firms that typically hire our students. We work with students personally to help place them in positions that fit their interests. Over the last several years, we have had an almost 100% placement rate within three months of graduation.
How difficult is it to find summer jobs?
With a little effort, students can obtain summer positions with prospective employers the summer after their second or third year in firms near their home. A typical student will work as an electronics technician or update electrical drawings during their first year. The summer after their third year they are assigned regular engineering duties so they can get a feel for engineering careers with that firm. A very high percentage of student internships lead to full time jobs after graduation.
Will I be “small fish in a big pond” at the University of Maine?
The University of Maine has almost 10,000 students. As a result, the University of Maine has a well-staffed medical facility, comfortable dorms, large library, spacious concert center, numerous recreation opportunities, nationally recognized sports teams (e.g., ice hockey), free tutoring, and a friendly atmosphere. Situated within the University of Maine is a small, close-knit family of students that comprise Electrical Engineering Technology. The Electrical Engineering Technology program has approximately 80 students total. That is less than most high school classes that students come from. The average class size in an Electrical Engineering Technology class is about 19 students. The program is more like a one-room school house. With a cadre of four full-time faculty, the faculty are able to work closely with the students throughout the four-year program.
Who are the faculty?
There are four full-time faculty and one part-time faculty within the Electrical Engineering Technology program. All our faculty are licensed professional engineers. They are required to have both a bachelors and masters degree in engineering to receive tenure. All have several years of engineering practice before teaching in the program. Scott Dunning specializes in power systems, electric machines, and energy efficiency. Paul Villeneuve specializes in analog circuit design, control systems and robust instrumentation design. Jude Pearse specializes in digital systems, microprocessor application and project management. Spider Williams specializes in digital circuit design and electric circuit design. Tom Christensen specializes and sequential motion control.
Are the courses difficult?
All engineering courses are difficult. Electrical Engineering Technology courses are no exception. The difference with our program is the exceptional access that students have to our faculty. While some institutions may only have 1-2 hours available for students to see faculty, we average 10-15 hours weekly. Students who put sufficient effort into their studies generally perform well. There are tutoring services available. Students with learning disabilities are provided with help and faculty provided with instructions on how to help the student learn.
Can an EET graduate go to graduate school?
Yes. While most graduates grab the many of the lucrative offers made to them at graduation, a few have gone on to earn a graduate degree. Most of the graduates that have gone on to graduate school have pursued a Master of Business Administration (MBA). Through a unique partnership with the UMaine ECE program, strong students may pursue a master of science in electrical engineering with minimal additional coursework.
Can an EET student get a professional engineering (PE) license?
Yes. Many electrical engineering positions do not require a professional engineering license, but most graduates pursue licensing to enhance their career opportunities. Maine makes no distinction between a regular engineering graduate and a technology graduate in pursuing an engineering license.