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Electronic Engineering Technology, A.A.S.

Award: Associate of Applied Science degree, A.A.S. (code AAS.EGR.ELEC)

Total Credit Hours: A minimum of 61 credit hours.

About the Engineering Department 

Purpose: To provide a two-year degree in electronics technology, allowing a graduate to enter the workforce as an electronic technician. Electronics technicians assemble, install, maintain and repair electronic devices and equipment. Examples include working on the latest robots that build automotive parts or with the technology in artificial limbs for disabled persons. They may work on electronic hardware in business machines, transportation and communication systems or the latest toys and games. You can help shape the future as an electronic technician. Data from the U.S. Department of Labor shows the job of electronic technician is a viable and well-paid career.

Entry into the option requires no previous electronic experience. The option is designed so that all students take a coordinated set of basic electronic courses, and then take elective courses in their area of interest. Elective courses cover computers and computer repair, electronic communications and electromechanical systems.

Graduates of this program are fully prepared to enter the workforce as an electronic technician. However, for AACC graduates interested in pursuing a baccalaureate degree in electronic engineering technology, several four-year colleges and universities offer transfer programs including Capital College in Laurel, University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Pennsylvania State University in Harrisburg. Students planning to transfer to a bachelor of science electronic technology degree program are encouraged to consult with the department chair before selecting their electives.

The Electronics Option program differs from a traditional four-year electrical engineering program (see Engineering Transfer, A.S.  program description). 

Range of Occupations

  • Computer service technician
  • Electronics communications technician
  • Electronics technician
  • Field service technician
  • Instrumentation and control technician

Occupations can be explored further through the virtual Careers Center.

Planning Tool: Two-Year Sequence of Courses

AACC faculty developed the following sequence of courses to encourage greater success in each student’s program of study.  This sequence incorporates all of the student’s requirements for this degree and provides the student with essential notes to guide their success.  It is recommended that students view and save this as they plan courses for this degree.

  Click Here to View, Save, or Print a PDF Copy of the Planning Tool: Two-Year Sequence of Courses for this degree    


General Education Requirements: 23-26 credits

An approved list of general education courses can be found in the General Education Requirements and degree program required courses  section of the catalog. Choose general education courses from the following topics:

English: 3-6 credits

Arts and Humanities: 3 credits

See General Education Arts and Humanities Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Biological and Physical Sciences: 4 credits

Health/Fitness/Wellness: 3 credits

See General Education Health/Fitness/Wellness Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Mathematics: 3 credits

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 credits

See General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Technical electives: 10 credits

Students must choose courses from the following list:

Additional Requirements

Computer Competency Requirement

General education requirement CTA 100  or CTA 103  meets this requirement.

Diversity Requirement

Students may satisfy the diversity requirement simultaneously as they satisfy general education requirements for arts and humanities or social and behavioral sciences. See Diversity Requirement  for a list of approved courses.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge about what an electronic technician does, and follows the technician code of ethics.
  • Perform basic soldering operations.
  • Know the physical properties of basic electronic components.
  • Use basic hand tools to assemble and disassemble electronic hardware units and fabricate simple sheet metal parts.
  • Create and read standard technical drawings.
  • Analyze simple electric circuits involving resistors, capacitors and inductors.
  • Use standard electronic test equipment.
  • Use standard electronic test equipment to troubleshoot circuits.
  • Use software tools appropriate for electronic technicians.
  • Apply the theory of basic power supply circuits.
  • Apply the theory of operation of amplifier circuits which use transistors, FETs and op-amps.
  • Interface analog and digital electronic devices.
  • Create and troubleshoot digital combinational and sequential circuits.
  • Use number systems and Boolean algebra.
  • Analyze a microprocessor based circuit and explain the functions of the components and the operation of the circuit.
  • Write a program in machine language to cause a microprocessor or microcontroller to perform a function.
  • Develop content knowledge in selected specialized areas of electronics.
  • Solve problems in selected areas of classical physics, based on principles of physics.
  • Use technical writing methods.
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of the English language.
  • Use text-based and electronic information resources for research.
  • Develop content knowledge in selected areas of the Arts and Humanities, and Social and Behavioral sciences.
  • Develop an understanding of positive health behaviors and physical fitness.

This program aligns with all the college’s core competencies. For a full list of Core Competencies, click here.

Related Educational Opportunities

Continuing Education and Workforce Development Offerings

Additional courses, credentials and/or certifications may be available through the AACC School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development.

Transfer Agreements

Agreements may exist for this program of study. To access agreements, go to www.aacc.edu/transfer.