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The Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) program at the University of Maine prepares students for professional electrical engineering careers in industry. The program provides students with the theory and “hands-on” experience necessary for them to quickly become productive in their jobs after graduation. The EET program offers two distinct paths to pursue the degree:
This option provides students with a traditional electrical and electronic engineering curriculum with extra concentration in subject areas that are particularly important to industry in the Northeast. These subject areas are: analog electronic design, integrated motion control, electrical machinery operation and microcomputer applications. All courses in the program are taught in a way that includes a strong component of practical applications, along with basic theoretical concepts.
Information Technology Option
An increasing industry demand for engineers with basic electrical hardware knowledge along with advanced network communication and management skills has led to this option. This pathway requires students to take the basic electrical courses during the first two years of the program and then branch to information technology courses in the last two years of the program. The eight information technology electives are taken in the areas of information science, management information systems, computer science and computer engineering.
Program Educational Objectives
The mission of the Electrical Engineering Technology Program is to provide a quality education for its students and an outstanding professional development environment for its faculty and students.
To accomplish this mission, the Department has set the following educational objectives for its Electrical Engineering Technology curriculum.
- To prepare students to immediately contribute in the workplace upon graduation through exposure to state of the art industrial equipment, internship experience and design project experience.
- To prepare students in the business of engineering through the understanding of economic and business principles and effective project management techniques.
- To prepare students for the increasing use of computer based technology in industry through the use of computing hardware and software throughout the technical curriculum.
- To provide students with an appreciation for the ethical, legal and professional obligations necessary to function effectively in a contemporary business environment.
- To develop students’ communication skills to a level that they can present complex ideas in a clear, logical and concise manner both orally and in writing.
Engineering Technology Combines Engineering Theory with Practical Industrial Management Principles
Regardless of option selection, the EET degree requires students to gain an understanding of engineering management principles. Courses in engineering economics, statistical process control and project management are required of all graduates. This highlights the program’s focus on preparing graduates for entry into the work force upon graduation. The program is constantly updated in response to input from an Industrial Advisory Committee that has representatives from manufacturing, power utilities, process industries, data communications and electronics companies.
Prior to graduation, students are required to demonstrate the following learned capabilities:
- an ability to apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve broadly- defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline;
- an ability to design systems, components, or processes meeting specified needs for broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline;
- an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in broadly- defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
- an ability to conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results to improve processes; and
- an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team.