B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology


Electrical engineering technologists design, develop and build electrical and electronic devices, systems and processes. They work in six primary areas: computers and computer networks; analog and digital electronics; communications; power generation, transmission and distribution; controls; and instrumentation.

Their contributions can be seen in our daily lives through devices such as lighting, heating and air conditioning systems; home appliances including electric ranges, vacuum cleaners, washers and dryers; - and entertainment systems including TVs, stereos, digital video disc players, camcorders, compact disc and computers. They work with cutting-edge technologies and have helped in the implementation, development and improvement of electrification; electronics; radio, TV; telephone, cellular phones, laser and optical fiber communications; computers, computer networks and the Internet; robotics and automation; and medical and imaging technologies.

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Electrical Engineering Technology curriculum offers a 50/50 combination of theoretical and laboratory course work. It emphasizes the application of mathematics, science and engineering principles to implementation, development and improvement of current technology. The program is most suitable for students who prefer applications and hands-on laboratory experience over theory. The degree is offered through the Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering, located within University College: Arts · Sciences · Professional Studies on the Metropolitan Campus. Our curriculum is also designed to help the students develop professional ethics and a concern for societal and global problems and the skills required to solve them.

Students who have a strong inclination towards math, sciences and technology, who simply like to tinker or who are curious how things work typically do well in engineering technology. A positive attitude, willingness to work hard, self-discipline, perseverance and high motivation play a major role in the students' academic success as well as in their engineering technology career.

The B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET. Our program emphasizes applications, design and hands-on lab experience.

Career Opportunities:

Electrical engineering technology is the largest engineering technology discipline. Employment opportunities for electrical engineering technologists are enormous since practically all industries employ them. Electrical engineering technologists find employment in such areas as computer systems and networks, electronics, telecommunications, power generation and distribution, controls, instrumentation and automation. Their job functions include design, testing, installation, development, sales and field services. The job market for electrical engineering technologists has been excellent since electrical engineering technology is one of the hottest technology fields. The average starting salary of electrical engineering technology graduates is over $50,000, much higher than for graduates from non-technical disciplines. Professional positions of the graduates include those of president, vice president, systems programmer, field project manager, technical director, network development manager, systems engineer, video engineer, digital design engineer and senior systems engineer. After graduation, many students in the program have chosen to pursue graduate studies at universities such as Boston University, Stevens Institute of Technology, Columbia University, University of Kansas, Fairleigh Dickinson University, University of Scranton, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Seton Hall University.

Electrical Engineering Technology Students are encouraged to work with faculty on research or design projects through independent studies, the University Honors Program and the Electrical Technology Design Project. Students can participate in the University Honors program which meets the academic needs of students with exceptional ability and promise. Senior honors students undertake independent research, present their research at an annual University Honors research day and submit a senior honors thesis. Some examples of research and senior projects of electrical engineering technology students include Fast Pulser for High Bandwidth Digital Scope; Central Alarm Controller CAC 318A; Temperature Monitoring System and Dual Time Delay Controller.

University College at Fairleigh Dickinson University has developed the Support Our Student (SOS) program to enhance students' academic success. The merits of the SOS program have been lauded in The New York Times. Courses under the SOS program include many fundamental courses such as Physics, Chemistry, Calculus, Statics, and Strength of Materials that are needed by the electrical engineering technology students.

Special Facilities:

The engineering and engineering technology programs at Fairleigh Dickinson University have received recognition and support from the industry. The Joseph L. Muscarelle Co., one of the biggest and most successful construction firms in New Jersey, donated funds and built the Muscarelle Center for Construction Studies --- the home of the Engineering and Technology Division of the Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering. AlliedSignal (now merged with Honeywell), a conglomerate of high tech companies in New Jersey, donated $1 million to support engineering and engineering technology programs.

The  Metropolitan campus has six general-purpose computer labs with a total of  nearly 200 Intel Core 2 vPro processor computers available for student use. Four of these labs, with a total of 111 computers, are dedicated solely for majors in the School of Computer Sciences and Engineering. Also available is a multimedia lab running NT and equipped with high-resolution color printers and scanners for the production of high-quality graphics, animation and multimedia presentations.  All PCs are connected to the University Network and to the Internet. All buildings, including residence halls and library, are connected with either fiber or high-speed serial links.

Programming language compilers available include Visual BASIC.NET, C, C++ and Assembly. Software packages for engineering and engineering technology students are MathCAD, Electronic Workbench, AutoCAD, Primavera, PSPICE, Microsoft Office Suite, Motorola Digital Signal Processing Development Software, Simulink and MATLAB with various toolboxes such as Neural Networks, Fuzzy Logic, Signal Processing, Image Processing, Communications, Control, System Identification and Symbolic Math.

Labs of interest to electrical engineering technology students are the Computer and Graphics Lab; Electronics Lab; Computer Applications and Interfacing Lab; Control and Automation Lab; Electronic Communications Lab; Computer Networking Lab, Robotics Lab and Digital Signal Processing Lab. In addition, the University has a state-of-the-art Photonics Lab, funded by the National Science Foundation and the State of New Jersey, for engineering students to conduct experiments and research on optics, lasers and optical communications.

Unique Opportunities:

Faculty members have accompanied students on field trips and conferences, and advised them in design and presentation competitions such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Student Presentation Contest. Local firms have conducted seminars and workshops at the Metropolitan Campus free to any Fairleigh Dickinson students. The North Jersey Section of the IEEE, the largest engineering association with 350,000 members worldwide, also has conducted seminars at the Metropolitan Campus. The Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering has invited guest speakers from the local industry and nearby institutions, including the world renown Prof, Maurice Karnaugh whose minimization tool for logic gates, the Karnaugh Map, was named after him.

Students can join various student chapters of professional organizations such as American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), American Society of Civil Engineers, Mechanical Contractors Association, Building Contractors Association, and Society of Women Engineers.

All students have the opportunity to participate in projects and competitions relevant to their major. For more information, please visit GHSCSE Student Projects and Competitions website.

Program Enrollment and Degree Data:

The official fall term enrollment figures (head count) of the B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology program for the last five academic years and the number of degrees conferred during each of those years.

Enrollment and Degree Data of the
B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology Program

 

Academic Year

Enrollment Year

 ug

Degrees Awarded

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

Associates

Bachelors

Masters

Doctorates

Current Year

2012 -2013

FT

1

2

3

1

 

7

 

 

1

 

 

PT

1

0

0

1

 

2

 

1

2011 -2012

FT

4

3

3

1

 

11

 

 

1

 

 

PT

1

0

0

0

 

1

 

2

2010 -2011

FT

4

4

1

2

 

11

 

 

3

 

 

PT

0

0

0

1

 

1

 

3

2009 -2010

FT

3

2

2

1

 

8

 

 

1

 

 

PT

0

0

0

2

 

2

 

4

2008 -2009

FT

4

1

3

1

 

9

 

 

5

 

 

PT

1

0

0

3

 

4

 

 

For more information about the Electrical Engineering Technology program, please contact

Prof. Melvin Lewis
Phone: 201-692-2348
Email: lewis@fdu.edu