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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Electrical Engineering Technology

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Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 126 EET option; 125 IT option

Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.0

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward major: The four course math sequence (MAT122, MAT126, MAT127, MAT258) requires a “C” or better in each class to move to the next class.

Other GPA requirements to graduate: EET majors must accumulate a GPA of 2.0 in all required EET classes.

Required Course(s) for fulfilling Capstone Experience:  EET 350 and EET 451 and EET 452

Contact Information: Paul Villeneuve, 7 Barrows Hall (207) 581-2271,

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 technology through the understanding of economic and business principles and effective project management techniques.
  • To prepare students for the increasing computer requirements of 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.

Program Description
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 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: electrical power and renewable energy, electronic design, integrated motion control, and microcomputer applications. All courses in the program are taught in a way that includes a strong component of practical applications, along with core theoretical concepts.

The EET degree also requires students to gain an understanding of engineering management principles. Courses in engineering economics, statistics 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.

The faculty in the EET program focus upon teaching the students. They all have significant industrial experience and serve actively as consulting professional engineers when not teaching. Program faculty teach all classes and laboratories. Thus, students learn first-hand about current industry trends and the latest engineering equipment.

A very important part of the education of all EET students is a Senior Design Project course that is spread over three semesters finishing in their senior year. Design projects are required in most of the EET courses to prepare students for their capstone project. The Senior Design Project requires student teams to solve a design problem while utilizing good engineering design and reporting procedures.

Degrees are awarded upon satisfactory completion of 126 credits in the EET Option and 125 credits in the IT Option with an accumulative grade point average of not less than 2.0 overall.  Students must also achieve at least a 2.0 grade point average in all required EET courses.  The EET program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Student Outcomes

Prior to graduation, students are required to demonstrate the following learned capabilities:

a. an ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities
b. an ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies
c. an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes
d. an ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives
e. an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team
f. an ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems
g. an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature
h. an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development
i. an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity
j. a knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context
k. a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

Information Engineering Technology Option and Minors
Students who wish to pursue the degree but gain extra experience in computer and data networking applications may pursue an option in information technology. To achieve this option students are required to take 12 credits of approved courses offered by the computer engineering, information science and computer science departments for their free and technical elective choices.  EET students can also enrich their academic experience by completing minors that complement their program such as engineering entrepreneurial, or business administration.

Cooperative “Work Experience” Program Option
All EET students who have achieved sophomore status are encouraged to participate in a well-established co-op program that allows students to receive course credit while gaining valuable experience with an industry of their choice. The department faculty work closely with key industrial partners to maintain cooperative education opportunities that are technically challenging and offer strong economic benefits.

Incoming students are required to have a laptop computer. Visit our website for recommended configuration details.

Employment Opportunities
Graduates of the EET program fill a wide variety of professional technical positions in industry. Typically, they take jobs that involve designing and testing energy systems. EET graduates are the electrical back-bone of the utility industry and often manage electricians and engineers.  Many in-state and out-of-state companies rely on our graduates to fill positions to design plants, substations, and transmission lines.

The program offers scholarships for outstanding students majoring in Electrical Engineering Technology. In addition, students can apply for scholarships through the College of Engineering.

The recommended sequence of the four-year curriculum is outlined below.  Copies can be obtained in the School of Engineering Technology office.

Required Courses in Suggested Sequence for the B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology

Second Year - First Semester

Electrical Engineering Technology Option:

Students must declare Electrical or Information Technology Option at this point.

Third Year - First Semester

Fourth Year - First Semester

Fourth Year - Second Semester

Information Engineering Technology Option:

Third Year - First Semester

Third Year - Second Semester

Fourth Year - First Semester

Fourth Year - Second Semester

Students must see their advisor for approval of all electives.

  • 1 Students are assisted by faculty advisors in developing an elective program to meet their individual needs within the University’s general education requirements. While most of the general education requirements are automatically met with an electrical engineering technology degree, a student is required to select an additional 12 credit hours of electives to help meet the 18 credit hour “Human Values and Social Context” requirement (the required CMJ 103 and ENG 317 courses satisfy the other three credit hours. One of the General Education electives must also satisfy the ethics requirement of the General Education Requirements. General Education requirements do not have to be taken in the order shown.
  • 2STS 232 or STS 332 may be substituted for CHE 350
  • Lists of approved courses that meet the General Education requirements and Technical Electives are available in 119 Boardman Hall.
  • ** Approved IT Electives are listed below or can be obtained from the SET Office in 119 Boardman Hall.
  • CHB 350 or STS 332 may be substituted for STS 232.


Power Concentration

For students interested in working with utilities and the generation, transmission, and distribution of energy via electric systems, a concentration in Power is available.  The concentration will expose students to various generation technologies including renewables.  Success in the courses will well prepare students for challenging career opportunities with utilities, consultants, and manufacturers.  Further, students will be prepared to assist with development of the future grid and permit greater renewable energy generation penetration.  Demand for graduates with this experience is expected to continue.

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