The mission of the Electrical Engineering Technology program is to provide a quality education for its students and an outstanding professional development environment for its faculty and students.
To accomplish this mission, the Department has set the following educational objectives for its Electrical Engineering Technology curriculum.
The Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) program at the University of Maine prepares students for professional electrical engineering careers in industry. The program provides students with the theory and “hands-on” experience necessary for them to quickly become productive in their jobs after graduation. The EET program provides students with a traditional electrical and electronic engineering curriculum with extra concentration in subject areas that are particularly important to industry in the Northeast. These subject areas are: electrical power and renewable energy, electronic design, integrated motion control, and microcomputer applications. All courses in the program are taught in a way that includes a strong component of practical applications, along with core theoretical concepts.
The EET degree also requires students to gain an understanding of engineering management principles. Courses in engineering economics, statistical process control and project management are required of all graduates. This highlights the program’s focus on preparing graduates for entry into the work force upon graduation. The program is constantly updated in response to input from an Industrial Advisory Committee that has representatives from manufacturing, power utilities, process industries, data communications and electronics companies.
The faculty in the EET program focus upon teaching the students. They all have significant industrial experience and serve actively as consulting professional engineers when not teaching. Program faculty teach all classes and laboratories. Thus, students learn first-hand about current industry trends and the latest engineering equipment.
A very important part of the education of all EET students is a Senior Design Project course that is spread over three semesters finishing in their senior year. Design projects are required in most of the EET courses to prepare students for their capstone project. The Senior Design Project requires student teams to solve a design problem while utilizing good engineering design and reporting procedures.
Degrees are awarded upon satisfactory completion of 126 credits in the EET Option and 128 credits in the IT Option with an accumulative grade point average of not less than 2.0 overall. Students must also achieve at least a 2.0 grade point average in all required EET courses. The EET program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org
Prior to graduation, students are required to demonstrate the following learned capabilities:
a. an ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities
b. an ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies
c. an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes
d. an ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives
e. an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team
f. an ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems
g. 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
h. an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development
i. an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity
j. a knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context
k. a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
Concentration and Minor Options
Students who wish to pursue the degree but gain extra experience in computer and data networking applications may pursue a concentration in information technology. To achieve the concentration students are required to take 12 credits of approved courses offered by the computer engineering, information science and computer science departments for their free and technical elective choices. EET students can also enrich their academic experience by completing minors that complement their program such as engineering entrepreneurial, business administration, or pulp and paper technology.
Cooperative “Work Experience” Program Option
All EET students who have achieved sophomore status are encouraged to participate in a well-established co-op program that allows students to receive course credit while gaining valuable experience with an industry of their choice. The department faculty work closely with key industrial partners to maintain cooperative education opportunities that are technically challenging and offer strong economic benefits.
Incoming students are required to have a laptop computer. Visit our website at www.umaine.edu/set for recommended configuration details.
Graduates of the EET program fill a wide variety of professional technical positions in industry. Typically, they take jobs that involve designing and manufacturing a product or operating a plant. EET graduates are the electrical back-bone of the manufacturing community and often manage project and maintenance teams of electricians and engineers. Their responsibilities lean toward design and production rather than research. The electrical power field is another area where EET graduates are employed. Many in-state and out-of-state companies rely on our graduates to fill positions in design plants, substations, and transmission lines.
The program offers scholarships for outstanding students majoring in Electrical Engineering Technology. In addition, students can apply for scholarships through the College of Engineering.