The Electronics Engineering Technology program requires a focus specialization in one of the following areas to complete the AAS degree: Biomedical Electronics, Computer Engineering Technology and Electrical Power Technology.
Degrees and Certificates
Graduates of this program may secure entry-level employment in positions such as electronics technician, field service representative, technical writer, sales representative, computer technician and network technician.
Areas of employment may include research and development, servicing and maintenance, manufacturing and sales. Job responsibilities may require technicians to install and test newly designed equipment, operate and maintain complex electronic systems, write servicing or operating manuals, as well as represent manufacturers and wholesale/retail establishments.
The AAS in Electronics Engineering Technology is accredited by Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org. The Electronics Engineering Technology department is a certified test site by the International Association for Radio, Telecommunications and Electromagnetics, Inc., (iNARTE), 840 Queen Street, New Bern, NC 28560, 252.727.0200.
All of the Electronics Engineering Technology AAS degrees are approved for Tech Prep. Qualified high school students may earn up to six credit hours toward the AAS degree through Tech Prep or dual credit. See an HCC counselor for information.
Students may transfer credits for the following courses to an Engineering Technology program at a four-year university in Texas: CETT 1403, DC Circuits; CETT 1405, AC Circuits; CETT 1425, Digital Fundamentals; CETT 1429, Solid State Devices; CETT 1457, Solid State Circuits.
In addition, please note that a student may only earn one Occupational Skills Award (OSA) per academic year.
TSI testing required prior to first enrollment for all AAS degrees and Level II certificates.
Our students must demonstrate that they have achieved the following outcomes upon graduation:
- an ability to apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to narrowly defined engineering technology activities;
- an ability to apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge;
- an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements, and to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments;
- an ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team;
- an ability to identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined engineering technology problems;
- an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
- an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;
- an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity; and
- a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement..
Educational Objectives & Program Outcomes
Students will be able to:
- Be well educated in the basic principles of their discipline, including the ability to analyze systems, interpret data, and present results.
- Possess the state of the art knowledge in the discipline, including the ability to design and conduct experiments.
- Demonstrate strong communication skills, able to work in teams, and understand professional and ethical responsibility.
- Be knowledgeable of current Technologies and recognize the need to engage in a life long learning.
- Be able to integrate mathematics, science, humanities, and social sciences into their primary work.
- Manage time, and take pride in professional quality of work
The AAS in Electronics Engineering Technology is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org
Electronics Engineering Technology Department Brochure
An Associate Degree is a two-year program of study which prepares the graduate for employment in applied electronics and provides transfer of credits to a four-year university baccalaureate degree in technology programs. Certificate programs are also available in Basic Electronics, Computer Servicing/Networks, and Telecommunications. The certificate programs are 20-28 semester hours, usually completed in one year, and emphasize hands-on training for immediate employment.
The Electronics Engineering Technology program is designed to prepare graduates for entry level positions as electronics technicians and to enhance the knowledge of persons already employed in the field. Employment possibilities are found with companies that produce or use electronic equipment in fields such as computers, computer networks, telecommunications, aerospace, petrochemical, and oil industry services. Job possibilities may involve research and development, manufacturing, installation, and servicing of industrial, commercial, and consumer electronics equipment.
Associate Degree Specializations
Biomedical Electronics - The Biomedical Technology field has a growing need for technicians trained to maintain, troubleshoot, and repair medical equipment for health care facilities or research institutions. The Biomedical Electronics specialization includes a one-semester internship in a medical center, hospital, or medical equipment manufacturer, ensuring exposure to the latest equipment.
Computer Engineering Technology - Computer Engineering Technology is perhaps the most flexible of the specializations offered. In this program you will learn practical skills needed for immediate employment as an electronics technician, or to continue to higher levels of education. The basic theory and skills learned allow the individual to grow in the ever changing field of electronics technology.
Electrical Power Technology - The Electrical Power Technology prepares students for jobs in power, oil and gas, and other power related services. In this specialization students learn about electrical machines (generators, motors, transformers) in single and multi-phase systems.
Associate Degree Core Classes
- ENGR 1201 Introduction to Engineering - 2
- ENGL 1301 Composition I - 3
- Humanities/Fine Arts Elective - 3
- Social/Behavioral Science Elective - 3
- MATH 1314 College Algebra - 3
- MATH 1316 Plane Trigonometry - 3
- PHYS 1401 College Physics - 4
- Total 24
Major Area Core
Classes are offered at 555 Community College Drive, Houston, Texas 77013
- CETT 1403 DC Circuits 4
- CETT 1425 Digital Fundamentals 4
- CETT 1405 AC Circuits 4
- CETT 1429 Solid State Devices 4
- CETT 1457 Linear integrated Circuits 4 (*capstone course)
- CETT 1331 Technical Programming 3
- CPMT 1303 Introduction to Computer Technology 3
- CPMT 1449 Computer Networking Technology 4
- Total 30
In addition to academic/major core requirements, students must complete 12 to 16 semester hours in their chosen specialization to complete their degree. Texas Success Initiatives (TSI) assessments for reading, writing, and mathematics are applicable.
Basic Electronics - The Basic Electronics Certificate provides foundation training in electronics for individuals wishing to upgrade current skills or qualify for new entry-level jobs. Employment prospects are in manufacturing, installation, and customer service.
Computer Servicing/Networks - The Computer Servicing/Networks Certificate provides a basic understanding of electricity and digital circuits and covers computer component identification, installation, functional testing, and diagnostics. Careers may be found in manufacturing, installation, and field service of microcomputer network equipment.
Telecommunications - Courses provide a basic understanding of the Telecommunica-tions field. Employment opportunities are in telecommunication service companies. Hands-on training and co-op courses are available using the latest telecommunication equipment.
Local Companies hiring our graduates:
- Texas Children’s Hospital
- St. Joseph Hospital
- Methodist Hospital System
- National Oilwell Varco
- Dow Chemical Company
- Hewlett Packard
- CenterPoint Energy
A capstone course is a course designed to provide opportunities for students to integrate knowledge from their core and concentration courses, to gain insight into the meanings of professionalism and professional practice, and to reflect on the norms of a discipline or profession.
Mission & Goals
Mission statement of the Electronics Engineering Technology Department.
The Department of Electronics Engineering Technology is committed to prepare technical career for a changing technological society. The Mission of the Electronic Engineering Technology Department is to provide educational and training opportunities to individuals so that they may achieve their highest potential for employment in the field of Electronics. This is accomplished by providing a curriculum in Electronics Engineering Technology consistent with the mission of the Houston Community College System in cooperation with business and industry.
The Department is involved in teaching, and community service that is consistent with the mission of the College.
The Major Goals to Support the Mission of the Department are as follows:
- Provide the highest quality educational experience and training in Electronics and Engineering Technology that prepares students for a successful life long career in the community
- Provide quality course work that prepares students for higher learning and transfer to Universities.
- Provide professional development opportunities for the Faculty in their fields of expertise, teaching methodologies, and use of Technology in the classroom.
Enrollment and Graduation Data
Annual Number of Annual Enrollment AAS and Certificate (Duplicated Head Count) 925
Graduates AAS 12
There are 3,874 Electronics Engineering Technicians employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to increase by 5.4% over the next four years.
- The estimated annual job openings is 147 jobs a year.
- Median Wages - $31.22 hourly, $65,000 annually
Transfer advising plan
To be eligible for an Associate in Arts (AA), an Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT), or an Associate in Science (AS) degree from HCC, a student must successfully:
Complete at least 60 semester hours of credit as follows: (a) for the AA degree, 43 hours of required core courses and 17 hours of transferable electives, usually focusing on the student's transfer major (b) for the AAT degree, 44 hours of required core courses plus 16-18 hours of required pre-teaching courses (c) for the AS degree, 43 hours of required core courses plus six additional hours of mathematics, four additional hours of natural science, and 7 hours of transferable electives, usually focusing on the student's transfer major.
Additional Degree Requirements
A student who has received an associate degree or higher from an accredited institution must meet specific requirements to earn an additional degree from HCC.
- The student must complete a minimum of 18 semester hours at HCC for each additional degree. These hours may not repeat credit applied from a previous HCC degree. These hours may not be satisfied through credit by exam.
- All additional hours must be applicable toward the additional degree. If the student has prior credit in required courses, appropriate substitutions may be arranged.
- All courses required by the specific HCC program of the additional degree must be completed.
- A grade point average of at least 2.0 must be earned on all hours since the previous degree.
- Academic courses from previous degrees may be applied to an additional AAS degree required academic core where equivalent and appropriate, which waives the need for approval, except where program restrictions prevail.
- If the first degree was an Associate in Arts, an Associate of Arts in Teaching, Associate in Science, a bachelor degree, or higher degree from an accredited educational institution in the United States, the student will be considered to be “Core Complete”, thus needing to complete only the requirement of 18 additional semester hours at HCC toward a new associate degree.
- Each additional academic associate degree obtained from HCC must be of a different type. Thus, a student may only obtain one Associate in Arts, one Associate of Arts in Teaching, and/or one Associate in Science from HCC. For example, if one degree from HCC was an AA, then any additional degrees must be an AAT, AS, or AAS.
- Multiple Associate of Applied Science degrees may be earned from HCC if all AAS program requirements are met including earning at least 18 additional semester hours at HCC, 12 of which must be earned in the major program of the additional degree. In most cases, however, there is only one AAS degree allowable per workforce program. See counselor or program chair for clarification.
- Multiple workforce Certificates of Completion may be earned from HCC if all program requirements are met for each certificate including earning at least 9 additional unique semester hours at HCC toward the major program of the additional certificate.
- All other state and institutional graduation requirements, including TSI policies and financial obligations, must be met.