About the Electrical Engineering Technology Program

 

The Electrical Engineering Technology (ELET) program at UNC Charlotte prepares graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology (BSET) program for careers across a broad spectrum of technologies.

The UNC Charlotte ELET program includes course-work in the following areas:

  • Linear Circuits - Application of fundamental concepts to the analysis and design of analog electrical and electronic systems.
  • Digital Logic and Systems - Application and design of digital systems for logical decision making, system control, and digital signal processing.
  • Microprocessors, Microcontrollers and Embedded Systems - Applications, principles, technology, and design and interfacing.
  • Electronic Circuits and Systems - Applications of electronic devices in control, consumer applications, and energy control.
  • Control Systems - Applications of control systems to a wide variety of electrical and mechanical systems, including Programmable Logic Controllers and Instrumentation.
  • Power Systems - Application of power components and systems.

Students in the ELET Program start the technological topics since their first year with classes like Programming, DC Circuits and Digital circuits among other topics.  In addition to the fundamentals of mathematics and science along with the written and oral communications development.   The second year provides more in depth topics like AC Circuits, Electronics and Microprocessors in addition to see more integration of topics in classes like Instrumentation & Control where PLC are center stage.  In the second year the ELET students start the design sequence in where sophomore practicum gives them an inside look at how the basic concepts learnt in the first year will combine to solve engineering design problems and applications.  Laboratories are used every semester to allow students to have a more hands on experience and to apply the theory concepts lean in their classes.

The third and fourth years of the BSET program provide students with a greater emphasis on principles rather than on introductory topics. Computer simulation, as well as more advanced mathematical tools, allows treatment of technologies in greater depth and over a wider range. The program design spine continues through the junior year and culminates in a two-semester Capstone Project in which a student is expected to demonstrate not only an understanding of electrical technologies, but the ability to plan a project, execute a project, and provide written and oral reports about the project.

The upper division (junior and senior years) of the ELET Program is also offered as a part-time, Individual Access, mostly online. The Distance Education (DE) BSET Degree program addresses the needs of working adults. The program is the same as the on-campus ABET accredited program; the program content, objectives and outcomes are identical to the on-campus offerings. However, the program is designed to meet the academic needs of individuals who currently hold the Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS) in an appropriate field of study, but cannot attend classes on campus. All DE courses are available online with the exception of required laboratories which must be completed on campus during the summer. Admission is open to citizens of the United States and non-residents holding permanent U.S. residency only.

Learn more about the Electrical Engineering Technology Distance Education Program.