Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology (Associate of Science)

The Associate of Science in Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology degree program provides students with the skillset required to enter the workforce as electronics technicians. Required coursework builds a foundation in circuit theory and design, digital and analog electronics, and computer programming. After completing this course, you’ll have a head start in earning your bachelor’s degree, as this program satisfies the first two years of the Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering Technology or the Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology degree programs.

What will I learn in this online electronics and computer engineering technology program?

This program will give you a basic introduction to electrical and electronics design. You will cover specific courses in DC/AC circuit principles and design, digital electronics and analog electronics, as well as computer programming. And it satisfies the first two years of the Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering Technology or the Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology if you decide to continue your education.

Below are four sample courses you can expect with this program:

Programming in C++

Beginning with a brief history of C++ programming and its origins, you can learn more about the foundation of C++ and how it became one of the most popular programming languages. As you progress through this course, they’ll learn more about the single elements involved in programming, such as data structures, which can lead to more extensive learning later in the course. Applying programming concepts, you may receive practice with an array, to learn about the succession of memory cells in relationship to better program control and investigation of data structures. Toward the end of the course, you will learn more about functions and class templates, which can allow for program changes in future analyses. You may have the opportunity to analyze and test different features of C++ before the course closes.

Fundamental Properties of DC Circuits and Lab

Through this course, you will gain a more in-depth look into the analysis of complex DC circuits, such as testing electronic equipment and solving for unknown circuit variables. This course may include a laboratory component, which can allow you to delve into hands-on learning in DC circuit testing. Some of the independent elements discussed during the laboratory component may include voltage testing, identifying errors that can inhibit effective performance, and implementing strategies for problem-solving. This experience can help you better understand the fundamentals of troubleshooting, construction and testing.

Fundamental Properties of AC Circuits and Lab

This course teaches you more about safety practices involved with AC circuits. Through thorough reviews, you should gain the skills necessary to describe the primary characteristics of AC signals and the root of their electricity. Magnetic field devices and applications, and direct sources, may be discussed in detail. This course can help you understand the function of AC circuits through investigating relevant theories such as transformer theory, which can lead them to a higher level of learning overall. Prior to completing this course, you should have the ability to analyze AC circuits to identify errors, develop possible solutions and implement effective plans. This course may include a laboratory component that allows you to engage in hands-on learning about AC circuits.

Microprocessor Systems Engineering

This course covers the fundamentals of microprocessor systems and their function within engineering. The class may address individual programs and their architectures, which could entail an analysis of current behavior within a computer. From processor design to troubleshooting, you may indulge in many stages of learning about microprocessor systems. Concepts covered throughout this course include RISC/SISC architectures, subroutines, language translation techniques, interrupt priorities and register sets. Through this course, you will gain a better understanding of assembly language, programming techniques and timing estimation.

What careers can I pursue with this electronics and computer engineering degree?

Upon completion, you will be prepared for a number of entry-level and technician positions related to electronics and electrical engineering1.

Electronics Engineering Technician2

Electronics engineering technicians help repair, and provide inspection for, the electronic equipment used at the organizations in which they work. In the event of error, technicians may also step in to analyze computer software to determine bugs or other technical issues. Some professionals in this field may also write, test and maintain their own computer software.

Electronics engineering technicians currently employed in the U.S. can work with a wide variety of corporations that offer computer systems repair and information management to their clients. The average annual salary for an electronics engineering technician is $63,660, with the entire field expecting growth of 2-4% over the next decade. This growth may be slightly under the national average for professionals in this field.

How long is this electronics and computer engineering degree online program?

At 60 credit hours, this electronic technology degree program is designed to be completed in 24 months. It could take less time depending on how much transfer credit you receive and how many classes you take every term.

How much will it cost?

The undergraduate rate is $265 per credit hour – lower if you’re a member of the military, a veteran or part of a military family. Grantham also offers scholarships and financial aid for those who qualify.

When can I start?

Courses begin monthly, so we’re ready when you are.

Call us at (888) 947-2684 to learn more about our accredited degree programs, financial assistance opportunities or enrollment process.

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Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology (Associate of Science)

Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology Outcomes

After successfully completing the computer and electronics engineering technology courses in this program, you will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools to narrowly defined engineering technology activities.
  • Apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, electronics engineering and technology to engineering technology problems.
  • Conduct, analyze and interpret experiments.
  • Identify, analyze and solve narrowly defined technical problems.
  • Function effectively on teams.
  • Apply written, oral and graphical communication.
  • Address professional, ethical and social responsibilities.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to quality, timeliness and continuous improvement.

Elective courses are available in communications, power and control systems.

Core Professional Competencies

Grantham University prepares graduates to succeed in a variety of professional and civic settings by incorporating these six critical life skills into the curriculum:

  • Communication – Formulating and expressing thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written and non-verbal communication skills in person, in writing and in a digital world.
  • Distributed Collaboration – Working effectively across distributed locations and asynchronously to achieve a common goal through relationship-building, shared responsibility, empathy and respect.
  • Professional and Social Responsibilities – Engaging in social responsibility through seeking justice, valuing diversity, respecting the environment; demonstrating professionalism through integrity, mutual accountability and ethical behavior. This includes considering the social and global impact of individual and organizational decisions and an awareness of and adherence to regulations, professional standards and industry best practices.
  • Critical thinking/problem solving – Using analytical reasoning when gathering and evaluating relevant information to effectively formulate possible solutions for an issue, problem or a variety of issues. This includes the ability to recognize potential consequences of a decision.
  • Career Management – Identifying knowledge, skills, abilities and personal strengths and experiences necessary to pursue career goals. Recognizing areas for professional growth, how to navigate and explore job options and to self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace.
  • Data Aptitude - Developing information literacy and the capacity to manage data with subsequent finding, structuring, evaluating and interpreting in order to provide meaningful analysis to accomplish a specific purpose.

Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology (Associate of Science)

The skills you’ll learn by earning a computer and electronics engineering technology degree online will prepare you for entry-level electrical technician positions1.

Potential career paths and positions include:

  • Electronics Engineering Technician
  • Digital Tech
  • Electronics Technician
  • Refurbish Technician
  • Engineering Technician
  • Relay Tester
  • Results Technician
  • Test Specialist

Employers can include:

  • Professional firms
  • Multi-national corporations
  • Healthcare services
  • Local businesses
  • Retailers, manufacturers, services, etc.
  • Government – local, state and federal

Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology (Associate of Science)

Grantham University’s 100% online and professionally relevant coursework is designed to help you prepare for your next career.

PROGRAM SNAPSHOT:
Program Core Credits: 20
General Education Core Credits: 31
Electives Credits: 9
Total Credit Hours: 60
Accreditation(s): DEAC
Program Core: 20
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: CS265 Title: Programming in C++ Credits: 4
  This course is an introduction to C++ programming. Topics include control structures, arrays, pointers, classes, overloading, inheritance, file processing and data structures.
Course: CT212 Title: Digital Electronics (Lab included) Credits: 4
  This is an introductory course to the fundamentals of digital electronics. Topics include number systems and codes, logic gates, Boolean algebra, combinational circuits and PLCs. Sequential circuits are introduced. Circuits are implemented using circuit simulation software and also using a hardware description language.
Course: ET105 Title: Fundamental Properties of DC Circuits and Lab Credits: 4
  This is a comprehensive course on the properties of Direct Current (DC) circuits. Topics include electrical components, electrical quantities and units, voltage, current and resistance. Basic circuit principles are presented for the analysis of series and parallel circuits. Magnetism and electromagnetism is also covered. A circuit simulation tool is used to build and test circuits.
Course: ET115 Title: Fundamental Properties of AC Circuits and Lab Credits: 4
  This course is a continuation of ET105. The student is introduced to the concepts and laws which describe the behavior of AC circuits. After an introduction to capacitive and inductive circuits, the behavior of RL, RC and RLC circuits is analyzed using circuit theories. Transformer theory is also covered. A circuit simulation tool is used to build and test AC circuits and to demonstrate the use of an oscilloscope.
Course: ET212 Title: Electronics I and Lab Credits: 4
  This foundational course in analog electronics introduces the student to the fundamentals of diode and transistor circuit analysis and design. Topics include semiconductors, diode theory and circuits, bipolar transistors, transistor biasing, AC models and voltage amplifiers. Circuit simulation software is used to analyze and design basic diode and transistor circuits.
General Education: 31
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: GU101 Title: Student Success Credits: 3
  This course provides students with the foundation of knowledge and skills needed for today's online college environment. Students will explore their own preparedness for online learning through examination and analysis of their own skills, traits, and behaviors. In addition, students will acclimate to the online college environment through specifically-designed activities which provide opportunities to acquire necessary skills, behaviors, and understandings which are essential for academic success.
Course: English Composition Credits: 6
Course: EN261 Title: Technical Writing Credits: 3
  This course introduces students to the purpose and scope of technical writing. Topics include standard conventions of written English; audience analysis; writing concisely for clarity and thoroughness; and determining how to present information appropriately in different professions (criminal justice, business, education, etc.) NOTE: Credit may not be awarded for both EN261 and EN361.
Course: Math Credits: 6
Course: MA105 Title: College Algebra Credits: 3
  This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of algebra. Topics include equations, polynomial and rational functions and graphing and exponential and logarithmic functions. A new textbook may be required in order to ensure needed electronic codes are valid.
Course: MA141 Title: Precalculus Credits: 3
  This course further develops the skills acquired in algebra and trigonometry and prepares students for calculus. Topics include factorization, powers and exponents, radicals, quadratic equations, inequalities and absolute value, progressions, graphing and an introduction to limits and basic trigonometry.
Course: Natural/Physical Science Credits: 4
Course: PH220 Title: Physics I Credits: 4
  This course provides an introduction to college physics, using an algebra-based approach. It is intended for students majoring in information systems, software engineering technology, computer science, computer engineering technology, and electronics engineering technology. The course covers a range of topics, concepts, and theories in general physics including kinematics and dynamics in 1D and 2D motion, forces and Newton's laws of motion, work and energy, impulse and momentum, rotational kinematics and dynamics, simple and harmonic motion, fluid dynamics, and temperature and heat. The course also introduces the student to applied physics and applies this to real-world problems of engineering. Includes one (1) lab credit.
Course: Computer Science Credits: 3
Course: CS192 Title: Programming Essentials Credits: 3
  This course introduces problem-solving concepts needed for programming. It covers fundamental control structure such as the sequential structure, the selection structure and the repetition structure. The use of logic in designing programs has general application.
Course: Oral Communication Credits: 3
Course: Humanities and Fine Arts Credits: 3
Course: ET100 Title: Engineering and Ethics Credits: 3
  This course places a strong emphasis upon internet research of case studies, professional codes of ethics and additional tools for solving engineering ethics problems. The professional role that engineering and engineering technologists have to ethically serve society is an underlying theme.
Course: Social/Behavioral Science Credits: 3

EN100, EN101, or EN102 must be taken to fulfill the other 3 credit hours of English Composition General Education requirements.
ET100 and ET212 must be completed at Grantham (these two courses cannot transfer into the AS-ECET program).
Courses MA105, MA141,ET105 & ET115 must be passed with a “C’” or better in order to complete the program.