Trends in workplace automation have taken productivity to new levels. Advanced systems are grounded in a wide assortment of electrical and electronic equipment. To keep production and operations running efficiently, employers need Electronic Engineering Technologists to assist with product development, testing and production. Students are challenged to develop new applications for technology, to apply hardware and software solutions to technical problems, and to design, build and improve future electronic products and systems, including renewable energy sources.
NHTI’s Electronic Engineering Technology (EET) degree program is accredited by ABET and features a special 2+2 transfer agreement with UNH Durham and UNH Manchester.
Electronic Engineering Technology is one of NHTI’s programs in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). According to the US Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are expected to grow by 17% through 2018 and STEM workers command earnings 26% more than their counterparts in non-STEM occupations. STEM jobs grew 7.9% from 2000 to 2008, for example, while non-STEM jobs grew just 2.6% during that time. Also, STEM workers earn more, from 12 – 60% more, than their counterparts with similar levels of education.
- Career Paths for This Major
- Skills Developed Through This Major
- Sample Career Titles
- Sample Employers
- Ways to Explore and Reality Test Careers
- How to Increase Employability
- Professional Association Links
- Employment and Internship Links
When you graduate with this major, you will have work options that are varied and that depend upon your specific interests, abilities, work values, and hands-on experience in the field. Electrical/Electronic engineering technology (EET) is the largest branch of engineering technology. EET includes a diverse range of sub-disciplines such as; applied design, electronics, embedded systems, control systems, instrumentation, telecommunications and power systems.
Graduates work in a wide range of career fields including; telecommunications, signal processing, medical technology and devices, instrumentation, integration engineering, aerospace and avionics, computers, electrical power industry and power distribution, optics, manufacturing and manufacturing test engineering, marine engineering, research and development, project management and operations research, systems analyst, and supervision/management.
Program graduates can also go on to pursue a bachelor's degree program in engineering. Bachelor’s programs emphasize the analysis, design and implementation of electrical/electronic systems. Some programs focus on a specific sub-discipline, such as control systems or communications systems, while others offer a broader introduction to several sub-disciplines.
- Subject knowledge in areas such as fiber optics, analog and digital electronics, control systems, and network technologies.
- Build, test, troubleshoot and repair a variety of electronic equipment and troubleshoot computer and network technologies.
- Work with developmental and production electronic components, parts, equipment and systems.
- Apply principles and theories of electronics, electrical circuitry, engineering mathematics and physics.
- Analytical and problem solving skills.
- Communication skills.
These titles include positions for which you may qualify with this associate’s degree...
- Biomedical Equipment Technicians
- Computer, Automated Teller and Office Machine Technicians
- Computer Support Specialists
- Customer Service Engineers
- Electronic Technicians
- Engineering Technicians
- Field Service Technicians
- Manufacturing Technicians
- Test Engineers/Technologists
Sample positions requiring additional training which may include a bachelor’s degree and beyond…
- Application Engineer
- Computer Engineer
- Controls Engineer
- Electrical Engineer
- Electronics Engineer
- Energy Engineers
- Energy Technical Project Managers
- Fiber optics Engineer
- Illuminating Engineer
- Integrated Circuit Layout Designer
- Robotics Engineer
- Sales Engineers
- Software Engineer
- Research and development laboratories
- Electronic equipment manufacturers
- Semiconductor manufacturers
- Manufacturing and processing industries
- Public utilities
- Colleges and Universities
- Government agencies
- Medical laboratories and hospitals
- Electronic equipment distributors
There are four key ways to explore your favorite career interests…through reading, through speaking with those in the know, through observing and through doing. Use the link(s) below to begin exploring major related careers through ‘reading’. Go to the Exploring Career Interests link to get tips on all four key exploration strategies.
- Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians
- Electronics Engineering Technicians
- Electro-mechanical Technicians
- Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Additional sources of information for this major include:
- NHTI Faculty, Advisors, and EET Department resources
- Professionals who are working in the field
- Professional Associations (see below)
- Become an active student member of college and community organizations, which helps you build leadership skills and promote connecting (networking) with fellow professionals.
- Obtain quality practical experience prior to graduation through part-time, full-time and summer employment/internship positions related to your targeted field.
- Participate in volunteer and service learning opportunities.
Professionals who do work related to this major belong to these associations. You can use the links below to do career research and to connect with local association members. You may also be able to join an association of interest, at a reduced rate, as a student member.
- Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
- Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)
- International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering
- National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying
- National Society of Professional Engineers
- Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
See below for job posting sites related to this major (including our own home grown NHTI posting site – see first link).