FAQ - Electrical Engineering Technology
The answers to questions frequently asked by current electrical engineering technology students can be found below.
What is Engineering Technology?Engineering Technology is a branch of engineering education that emphasizes the practical aspects of engineering, rather than abstract concepts or theories. It is a blend of science application, engineering knowledge, and technical skills - used in support of engineering activities. It provides an alternate pathway to a career in engineering. Engineering technology graduates could fill four out of every five engineering positions in the U.S., and industry and educational leaders consider our graduates among the best.
What is Electrical Engineering Technology?
Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology (EET) is an engineering technology field that implements and applies the principles of electrical engineering. Like electrical engineering, EET deals with the design, application, installation, manufacturing, operation and/or maintenance of electrical/electronic(s) systems. However, EET is a specialized discipline that has more focus on application, theory, applied design, and implementation, while electrical engineering may focus more of a generalized emphasis on theory and conceptual design. Electrical/Electronics engineering technology is the largest branch of engineering technology and includes a diverse range of sub-disciplines such as, applied design, electronics, embedded systems, control systems, instrumentation, telecommunications, and power systems.
Is the degree program accredited?
The Electrical Engineering Technology degree program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET.
Kennesaw State University (KSU) is also accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and all degrees must adhere to their accreditation requirements.
Can I get a Professional Engineer’s License with an Electrical Engineering Technology degree?
Registration as a professional engineer is required for engineers making final decisions that can have an impact on the health and welfare of the general public. A large majority of the electrical and computer engineers across the country are not licensed professional engineers. It is a more common requirement in the civil engineering disciplines.
Engineers working in the building design and consulting fields often find it beneficial to be licensed. In Georgia the process to become licensed is:
- Graduate from an accredited engineering or engineering technology program,
- Pass the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam,
- Work in industry for a minimum of 4 years for an engineering degree and 7 years for an engineering technology degree - under the guidance of a professional engineer,
- Pass the Practice of Engineering Exam.
Most states allow graduates from 4-year engineering technology programs to obtain their Professional Engineer’s license. However, the required number of years of working under the guidance of a licensed professional engineer varies from state to state.
What if I already graduated with an Electrical Engineering Technology degree from SPSU/KSU and want an Electrical Engineering (EE) degree?
Electrical Engineering Technology graduates can return and take the requisite courses to satisfy the Electrical Engineering degree. If you graduated from KSU's Electrical Engineering Technology program AND have passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam (formerly the E.I.T.), then you only have to take those courses which are unique to the Electrical Engineering degree. That's about 32 semester hours of courses. Please consult with the Engineering Technology Department Chair for details.
What can I do with my degree when I graduate?
Graduates of the Electrical Engineering Technology program are qualified for employment with companies in a variety of fields such as communications, instrumentation, automation, control systems, power, robotics, computers, and medical electronics - to name a few. They are typically involved in areas such as: development, design, quality assurance, technical documentation, production, maintenance, test, field service, or technical sales.
What companies hire Electrical Engineering Technology graduates?
Below is a list of some of the companies who have hired Electrical Engineering Technology graduates.
- Automated Logic
- Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
- Cisco Systems
- Cox Communications
- Georgia Pacific
- Georgia Pacific
- Georgia Power
- Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)
- Hewlett Packard
- Home Depot
- Intel Corporation
- Marietta NDT
- Shaw Industries
- WellStar Health System