Electrical Engineering Technology, AS

Accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) program at Purdue North Central offers both an Associate of Science (AS) Degree and a Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree.  While the Associate Degree is very specific as to which courses are required, the Bachelor's Degree is designed to be broad and inter-disciplinary.  Through their choice of ECET/CPET and elective courses, students may specialize in analog electronics, computer hardware/software, digital systems, electrical power, embedded microcontroller circuit design, hospital and biomedical equipment, industrial automation, manufacturing, RF communications, telecommunications or quality control.  Students may also use their electives to pursue a minor in another field of study while working toward their ECET Degrees.

News reports and many companies group scientists, engineers, technologists and technicians together, calling them all "engineers."  In fact, the scientist deals more with theoretical ideas, concepts and research, while the engineer may design new products and processes.  The technologist is a person who has earned a BS Degree in Technology - a practical and applied curriculum.  The technologist applies engineering principles and current technology, solving problems and improving facilities, processes and procedures in industry.  Several PNC ECET alumni have started their own companies.

Our mission is to serve the needs of the citizens, industries and community colleges of Northwest and North Central Indiana by:

  1. Providing a quality, applications-oriented education in a broad array of areas within the electronics and computer hardware fields;
  2. Contributing to the advancement of technology, engineering and education through scholarly work, publications or active participation in professional societies; and
  3. Serving as a technical resource for our constituents.

The Program Educational Objectives of our Associate Degree Program are:

  1. Graduates of our Associate Degree Program are involved in selling, installing, operating, maintaining, troubleshooting or repairing systems of electrical equipment, electronics and computers, in a variety of applications, such as microprocessors and microcontrollers; industrial control systems; instrumentation; hospital and biomedical equipment; power generation and transmission; computer hardware, software and networks.
  2. Graduates of our Associate Degree Program are academically prepared to continue their education in our Bachelor's Degree Program.

Our core values are: focus on learning; respect and caring for all students; providing a safe and nurturing environment; valuing a well-rounded education; celebrating diversity, collaborating with others and working as a team; maintaining a professional attitude at all times; serving our profession, community, state and country; maintaining the currency of our knowledge; and devotion to life-long learning.

Our AS and BS degrees are structured on a 2+2 pattern.  Students earn the Associate Degree in EET after their freshman and sophomore years of study are completed, and then are awarded an Engineering Technology Bachelor's Degree in ECET after completing the junior and senior years.

Required Courses (60 credits)

General Education

CGT 11000Technical Graphics Communications

0 - 3 credits

COM 11400Fundamentals Of Speech Communication

3 credits

ENGL 10100English Composition I

0 - 3 credits

GS 19100First-Year Experience I

3 credits

MA 15300Algebra And Trigonometry I

0 - 3 credits

MA 15400Algebra And Trigonometry II

3 credits

PHYS 22000General Physics

0 - 4 credits

Core Courses

ECET 10700Introduction To Circuit Analysis

0 - 4 credits

ECET 10900Digital Fundamentals

0 - 3 credits

ECET 15700Electronics Circuit Analysis

0 - 4 credits

ECET 15900Digital Applications

0 - 4 credits

ECET 20700AC Electronics Circuit Analysis

0 - 4 credits

ECET 20900Introduction To Microcontrollers

0 - 4 credits

ECET 23100Electrical Power And Controls

0 - 4 credits

ECET 25700Consumer Power Electronics

0 - 4 credits

ECET 30200Introduction To Control Systems

0 - 4 credits

Computer Programming Elective

3 credits

(Any programming course. CS 22000 is recommended)