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Welcome to Electrical Engineering Technology

The Careers - Electrical Engineering is a broad and challenging field that offers employment and career opportunities ranging from research and product development to engineering sales.  The Pitt-Johnstown Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) program prepares students to work in the areas of product design and manufacture, systems integration, plant operations, field support and engineering sales.  Pitt-Johnstown EET graduates have been employed by a wide variety of nationally recognized companies including Microsoft, General Electric, Texas Instruments, Sony, Sprint and the National Institute for Standards and Technology.  Other alumni enjoy working at smaller companies including KH Controls (Blairsville, PA), Kuchera Defense Systems (Windber, PA), H.F. Lenz (Johnstown, PA), and L. Robert Kimball (Ebensburg, PA).  Many of our graduates become licensed Professional Engineers; they typically take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, the first step in the registration process, during their senior year.

Although the primary focus of the EET program is to graduate individuals who are prepared to immediately enter a professional career, our curriculum is sufficiently rigorous to prepare graduates for advanced study.   Our alumni have earned masters and doctoral degrees at several well respected universities.  These include Penn State, Carnegie Mellon, Northwestern, Villanova, and the University of Arizona as well as Pitt's main campus.  These Pitt-Johnstown EET alumni then go on to careers in research and development, advanced design, or academe.

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Not sure if Engineering is for you? Learn more at TryEngineering - an informative site about Engineering Careers sponsored by IBM, the IEEE, and TryScience.

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The Technology – Electrical Engineering touches virtually every facet of our lives .  Although it is a single discipline, Electrical Engineering is best described as several related and intertwined technical areas: Automatic Control, Communications, Power and Machinery, Computers, and Electronics. 

Automatic control systems include antilock brakes and cruise control, airliner autopilots, cruise missile targeting systems, automated manufacturing systems, building elevators, robotic manipulators, and the guidance system that enabled Project Apollo to land man on the moon.

Communications systems include cell phone networks, AM, FM, and satellite radio (e.g., Sirius and XM), high definition television (HDTV), and computer networks sustaining the Internet and the World Wide Web.  One of the most active areas of communication research is the software defined radio.  A software defined radio changes its function (e.g., AM, FM, satellite, etc.) based on the software executing in the computer around which it is designed - computers intertwined with communications and electronics.

Electric motors are key elements in hybrid automobiles and they drive the wheels of  4,400 hp Diesel-electric locomotives.  Motors  manufactured using rapidly advancing nano-technology are so small that hundreds would fit onto the end of a human hair.  Electric generators can be viewed as motors "running backward."  Generators convert mechanical energy from dams, wind, or coal fired steam turbines into electrical energy.  These, along with a small contribution from solar energy, power the nationwide grid that reliably delivers electricity to our homes. 

Computers are ubiquitous...  They range from family PCs and Macs to powerful mainframes and super computer clusters used by the financial industry and scientific research community.  Most computers are invisible!  Microprocessors reside in televisions sets, iPods, cell phones, microwave ovens, and even some electric toothbrushes; there are probably several in your car. 

Analog and digital electronic components are the building blocks used to construct many of these systems.  They are designed by electrical engineers and often implemented on Integrated Circuit (IC) chips (a.k.a. microchips).  Designers use Verilog and other hardware descriptor languages (HDLs) to design complex digital electronic systems including Blackberrys, iPods, and custom controllers for the automobile industry.  Microcontrollers (tiny computers) are essential for building many medical instruments including imaging systems (X-ray, MRI, and CAT scans), heart pacemakers, and ultrasound devices.  Your home entertainment center, many appliances and battery operated tools rely on EE designed electronics to function properly.
 
Communications, Computers, Power Generation and Transmission, Analog and Digital Electronics, and Automatic Control are the fundamental areas that make up electrical engineering, areas that spawn exciting technological advances and exciting careers.  Pitt-Johnstown EET graduates design, build, operate, and maintain products and systems in each of these areas.

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The Program – The goal of the Electrical Engineering Technology program at Pitt-Johnstown is to graduate students who are ready to enter the profession and are able to thrive throughout their career.  We prepare graduates who:

  • have a firm grasp of the fundamentals,
    and are able to:
  • adapt to technological change,
  • communicate clearly,
  • work collaboratively,
  • practice in a global environment.

The EET curriculum is designed accomplish this preparation.  A top-down view of the curriculum reveals three major branches. 

The technical branch of the program prepares students for their entry into a complex and challenging career.  It includes foundation courses in mathematics, science and engineering fundamentals.  The most important parts of the technical branch are the EET core courses and technical electives; these ground our students in the fundamentals of the several major areas of the discipline.  The technical branch concludes with a two-semester capstone – the senior design project during which a small team of students designs a marketable product and builds a working prototype.

The professional branch supplements technical studies with courses in communications, technical writing, and engineering economics; areas vital to the ability of graduates to excel in today's business and industry environment. 

The cultural branch of the curriculum adds a cluster of liberal arts courses to the curriculum.  These types of courses, required of all graduates of the college, allow our student to gain a better understanding of the increasingly diverse surroundings in which they will practice their profession. 

These three branches of knowledge, technical, professional and cultural, prepare our graduates for exciting and successful careers. 

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The Electrical Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700.

"We Build and Maintain the World."

Last Reviewed: September 17, 2008