Meet Arthur Chileshe, distribution designer at Duquesne Light who earned
his B.S. in electrical engineering technology.
Electrical Engineering Technology Degree and Credential Programs in Downtown Pittsburgh
Electrical engineers work in a wide variety of areas that encompass all practical uses of electricity including electronics, computer systems, electrical power, control systems and communications.
The Bachelor of Science degree program in electrical engineering technology prepares graduates to work productively as electrical engineers in industry or government or to earn advanced degrees. Most of the science and technology courses in the program comprise both a lecture and a laboratory component.
Extensive hands-on experience in laboratories equipped to industry standards ensures that students will become intimately familiar with current technical practices and will be able to apply theory to real-world situations.
Students whose career goals do not require a Bachelor of Science degree can earn an Associate in Science degree with a major in electrical engineering technology. This degree prepares graduates to fulfill a broad range of duties involving the use and improvement of technology, but it does not lead to registration as a professional engineer.
Michelle Choo Loeffler advanced in her engineering career with a B.S. in electrical engineering technology.
Non-degree students can earn a credential in digital electronics technology or electrical power technology by satisfying 15 credits of prerequisites and studying 12 credits of specialized technical coursework. The credential programs are ideal for practicing professionals in science and technology who wish to expand their knowledge and skills and for students majoring in other disciplines who wish to explore an important and exciting area of electrical engineering technology.
All of the courses in the A.S. degree program and all four courses in each of the credential programs can be applied to a B.S. degree in electrical engineering technology. Thus, students who decide to pursue an associate’s degree or a credential retain the flexibility to continue their education through the attainment of a bachelor’s degree should their professional needs change in the future.
Point Park University's Bachelor of Science degree program in electrical engineering technology is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET (www.abet.org) and prepares graduates to work productively as electrical engineers in industry or government or to earn advanced degrees. Graduates of the program are eligible to pursue licensure as professional engineers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and most other states.
Subject to the review of the faculty, incoming students may receive credit for previous coursework at comparable institutions or for technical experience gained on the job. Agreements with other local institutions allow Point Park students to register for courses that are offered elsewhere, giving them the opportunity to pursue subjects not taught on campus during a particular term.
A full schedule of evening and weekend classes gives a student in the electrical engineering technology program the ability to earn a four-year degree while working full time during the day. The University has a long history of educating part-time working students and offers them additional resources and assistance through their Office of Graduate and Adult Enrollment.
Degree Requirements and Course Offerings
Students in the electrical engineering technology program gain a solid theoretical foundation of mathematics and science as the basis for their study of required technical courses in electric circuits, electronics, electrical power and digital and microprocessor systems. Most of the science and technology courses, including nearly all of the courses in the major, comprise both a lecture and a laboratory component. Extensive hands-on experience in laboratories equipped to industry standards ensures that graduates of the program are intimately familiar with current technical practices and are able to apply theory to real-world situations.
A series of advanced technical elective courses allows upper-level students to specialize in one or more of the following areas:
- Electrical power
- Digital electronics and microprocessors
- Control systems
Electrical Engineering Technology Internship Opportunities
Internships, which may carry University credit, are available with local companies for students who wish to obtain work experience during their studies. During their time in the electrical engineering technology program, students have interned at:
- GAI Consultants, Inc.
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- Lechtzer Incorporated
Electrical Engineering Technology Jobs
With an electrical engineering technology degree, a graduate will have the option to pursue various career opportunities, such as:
- Communications Engineer
- Electronics Engineer
- Floor Supervisor/Test Engineer
- Operations Engineer
- Quality Assurance Engineer
- Software Engineer
- Systems Engineer
Our Electrical Engineering Technology Alumni
Graduates of Point Park's electrical engineering technology program have gone on to work for various companies including:
- Bayer MaterialScience
- Eaton Corporation
- Consol Energy
- Penn State Electro-Optics Center
- Pine Electronics
- Jacobs Engineering
- Renal Solutions
- Ansaldo STS
- TesTex, Inc.