Electrical Engineering Technology

Bachelor of Science Degree

In today’s world, the great majority of all products, systems, and services include electrical or electronic aspects. Teams of trained people are needed to conceive, design, develop, and produce new answers to modern technical problems. The roles of the team members may vary, but the electrical engineering technologist generally uses the hands-on, application-oriented approach. Although technologists have knowledge of theoretical issues, they tend to focus on using current, state-of-the-art and emerging technologies to solve practical design and application problems.

Electrical engineering technology students can tailor their program to meet their needs by selecting specific technical electives to fill individual interests or career plans. The areas of concentration are:

  • Communication Systems
  • Control Systems
  • Microprocessors & Digital Systems

Electrical Engineering Technology is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

The Engineering Technologies Department has 10 laboratories dedicated to support of EET and CET laboratory courses, projects, and hands-on experience. Many of the labs are open beyond scheduled lab periods so students can investigate more extensively concepts developed in their courses.

Communications, Controls, Digital and Microprocessor labs are equipped with a variety of instrumentation described below. Much of the instrumentation in these labs is state-of the- art equipment of the type that students will encounter in industrial settings, including meters, oscilloscopes, plotters, signal generators, frequency counters, spectrum analyzers, data and protocol analyzers, OTDRs, etc.

The department has established a multi-purpose EET lab equipped with sixteen stations. These computers are used for CAD, general purpose report writing using Microsoft Office and for support of EET, ECE and CET lab courses. Application software supporting a range of courses includes Electrical CAD software PCAD2007 for Schematic Capture and PCB layout, assemblers and general purpose tools such as Micro Sims Schematic and Pspice A/D and Basics, Circuit Analysis software, Electronics Workbench, and MATLAB by the MathWorks supporting Controls and Communications courses; and SILO software supporting digital design and OptSim, LAN Planner solo and MIDE software packages; The department continues to add applications software to provide easy access on these high performance computers for EET and CET coursework.

Controls: The control systems laboratory is equipped with EMMA II microprocessor control systems for speed and position control of dc/stepper motors. Six stations of in-house designed DC and Stepper Motor trainers have been added to the control system lab. The laboratory also has two Feedback Robot arm and PLC workcell conveyer. Siemens and Gould Modicon PLCís are also housed in this laboratory.

Communications: Labs are equipped with Microwave trainer systems, Mobile communication trainer, Doppler radar trainer systems, PC based analog and digital communication systems, wireless LAN, an FDDI LAN, HP protocol analyzers, spectrum analyzers, RF field strength analyzers and Emona communication modules for digital and wireless communications. An experimental lab running multi protocol network with TCP/IP is used for ETC416 and is equipped with a Cisco Router.

The fiber optics lab is equipped with optical time domain reflectometers (OTDR), fusion splicers, optoscope, power meters, optical spectral analyzers, couplers and Erbium doped fiber amplifier, light sources in addition to infrared viewers, cameras, coherent fiber optics, fiber optic telecommunication links and plastic and glass fibers. This lab is also equipped with various splicing, connectorizing, cleaving and polishing kits and tool accessories necessary to provide students with hands-on experience.

Digital: The digital systems design laboratories are fully equipped with equipment which can handle systems based on the Intel architecture. Microprocessor: Microprocessor laboratories supporting microprocessor courses include: EPROM and PLD programmers; 68HC12 microcontroller trainers; MicroChip PIC trainers and programmers; Tektronix 308 8-channel logic analyzers; Tektronix 338 32-channel logic analyzers and PC Windowsbased 40-channel logic analyzers.

Electrical Engineering Technology Employers
SUNY Poly’s EET graduates have been hired by hundreds of local and national companies and organizations across the spectrum of the field. Listed is a sampling of those companies.

Acu-Rite, Air Force Research Lab, Anaren Corp, BAE Systems, Bartell Machinery Systems Corp., Boeing, ConMed, Cond Edison of NY, Eastman Kodak Co., Eaton Corp. Powerware Division, ESPN, Fiber Instrument Sales, Hamilton College, Hiptronics, IBM, Interetek Eti Senko, Lockheed Martin Corp., Lucent Technology, Marquart Switches, Mohawk Valley Community College, Motorola, National Grid, NY Power Authority, NYSTEC; Orion Bus, PAR Microsystems, PAR Technology, Remington Arms Corp., Sensis, Special Metals, SUNY Health Science Center, Syracuse Research, Tektronix, Time Warner, Toshiba, Verizon, Virtual Medical Sales, Welch Allyn, Xerox Corp.

Students shall satisfy the requirements listed below.

B.S. inElectrical Engineering Technology — 128 total credits

Students shall satisfy the requirements listed below.

I. SUNY General Education Requirements (30 credits)

All SUNY students must satisfy the following requirements.

No fewer than 30 credits must be attained from the SUNY approved General Education Course List with the following provisions:

  • Mathematics (MAT 121 or equivalent recommended by program)
  • Basic Communication (ENG 101 or equivalent)
  • Natural Science (PHY 101T & PHY 101L recommended by program)

At least four (4) out of the following seven (7) SUNY General Education categories:

  • Social Science
  • American History
  • Western Civilization
  • Other World Civilization
  • Humanities
  • The Arts
  • Foreign Language

NOTE: You may take more than one course in a given category to complete this 30 credit hour requirement, but you must also satisfy the appropriate number of categories.

II. Liberal Arts/Sciences Requirements (30 credits)

The New York State Education Department (SED) requires a student earning a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree to attain no fewer than 60 credits of combined SUNY General Education and Liberal Arts/Sciences courses. There may be overlap between courses meeting both the SUNY General Education Requirements and Liberal Arts/Sciences Requirements, but a student may receive course credits only once even if multiple requirements are satisfied by a single course. The total number of combined SUNY General Education and Liberal Arts/ Sciences credit hours must be no fewer than 60 credits.

SUNY Poly degree requirements:

  • Natural Sciences: one course which may be a General Education Natural Science course; for Electrical Engineering Technology students, the program requires PHY 101T & PHY 101L and a second Natural Science class. Both courses must be with a lab.
  • Upper-Division Writing Course (COM 306)

Specific requirements for Electrical Engineering Tech majors:

  • MAT 121 Calculus for Engineering Technology I or MAT 151
  • MAT 122 Calculus for engineering Technology II or MAT 152
  • MAT 230 Differential Equations or MAT 260
  • PHY 101T & PHY 101L Physics I or PHY 201 T & PHY 202 L
  • Natural Science w/lab (Biology/Chemistry/Physics/Environmental Science)
  • Math/Science electives (balance of credits — program requires 24 credits of Math/Science)
  • COM 200 Principles of Speech Communication and Public Speaking
  • Computer Programming Language (2 credits)

Liberals Arts/Sciences Electives (remainder of credits)

III. Technical Core Coursework (54 credits)

ETC Core Requirements: (34 credits)

  • Fundamentals of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (ETC 101) or ECE 101
  • Electric Circuits (ETC 102) or ECE 260
  • Electronics I (ETC 103)
  • Digital Systems I (ETC 210) or ECE 251
  • QC and Workplace Issues (ETC 299) or ECE 101
  • Control Systems/Communications (ETC 316 or ETC 331)
  • Sensor Technology/Microprocessors (ETC 265 or ETC 342 or ECE 252)
  • Two Senior Level courses (ETC 4xx courses)

CET Capstone (one of the following): (4 credits)

  • Capstone Course (ETC 423, 435, 445, or 483)

Open Technical Elective (16 credits or remainder of 54 credits)

  • CET/ETC Technical Elective

Areas of Concentration†


  • ETC 316 Electronic Communications II
  • ETC 391 Fiber Optics
  • ETC 416 Data Communications & Computer Network Technology
  • ETC 421 Wireless Communication Systems
  • ETC 483 Optical Communications
  • ETC 490 Special Topics: Communication Techniques
  • ETC 437 Digital Filters

Control Systems

  • ETC 331 Control Systems
  • ETC 433 Automatic Control Systems
  • ETC 435 Digital Control and Robotics


  • ETC 265 Digital Systems II
  • ETC 342 Microprocessor and Embedded Systems Programming and Design
  • ETC 423 Microprocessor Interfacing
  • ETC 429 Microprocessor/Microprogramming & Computer Architecture
  • ETC 444 Special Topics: Microprocessors/Digital
  • ETC 445 Microcontrollers
  • ETC 446 Programmable Logic Devices

Nanotechnology Minor

  • ETC 290 Introduction to Nanotechnology
  • ETC 265 Sensor Technology
  • ETC 395 Semiconductor Microfabrication
  • ETC 397 Fundamentals of Photovoltaic Energy
  • ETC 484 Thin Film Processing

† Within the Nano Minor students can take courses from the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (i.e. NENG 422 Introduction to Fuel Cell Nanotechnology, NENG 423 Renewable and Alternate Energy Nanotechnologies, etc.) to complete the 5 course requirement of the minor.

Miscellaneous Electives

  • ETC 215 Sustainable Energy Systems
  • ETC 290 Introduction to Nanotechnology
  • ETC 397 Fundamentals of Photovoltaic Energy
  • ETC 455 VLSI Design Fundamentals
  • ETC 480 Electrical Technology Senior Project I
  • ETC 481 Electrical Technology Senior Project II
  • ETC 491 Independent Study
  • ETC 494 Co-op Assignment

† Students are not required to complete a concentration.

IV. Unrestricted Electives (remainder of 128 credits)

This program requires first-year students to purchase a laptop for use in classes and labs. The faculty feel that laptops are an important tool for a student’s education. Details regarding laptop specifications will be sent to new admitted students prior to enrollment.