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Introduction to Electrical Engineering Technology. (Lecture: 0, Lab: 2), This laboratory course gives students instrumentation and construction skills for electrical/electronics technology.  Students learn to identify components and determine their values using color codes and identifying markings.  The course introduces error analysis and units common to electrical/electronic measurement. The course covers schematic diagram reading and drawing using CAD/CAM tools.  Students learn electronic circuit design and assembly techniques such as bread-boarding, printed circuit layout, soldering, and wire-wrapping.  The course covers the proper use of test instruments for measuring circuit values and generating test signals.  Students demonstrate skills by assembling, testing, and troubling-shooting an electronic kit. Prerequisite: Math 111 or concurrent enrollment.

Manufacturing Process Laboratory. (Same as IMAE 209) [IAI Course: MTM 921]
Laboratory experiments to familiarize the student with the theory and operation of manufacturing processes. Lab. Prerequisite: IMAE 208 or consent of instructor.

Digital System Fundamentals. (Lecture: 3, Lab: 1), Digital electronics provides the building blocks of all computerized devices. This course is a study of fundamental digital concepts used in digital electronic design and application. The course covers traditional design approaches for combinational and sequential circuits. The course introduces contemporary approaches such as hardware design languages. Course topics include logic gates, flip-flops, memory circuits, Karnaugh map, and VHDL/Verilog. An associated laboratory emphasizes design and application of digital systems. (Lecture + Lab). Prerequisites: ET 150 or concurrent enrollment, Math 111 or concurrent enrollment.

Introductory Circuit Theory and Applications. (Lecture: 3, Lab: 1), Circuit theory knowledge is essential to designing and testing electrical systems.  This course covers the fundamental theories and concepts of electric circuits.  The course covers the symbols and schematic diagrams used to represent series and parallel connections of direct current electric circuits. Course topics include the mathematical definitions and application of resistance, capacitance, and inductance.  Students will apply Ohm’s Law and Kirchoff’s Laws to solve dc circuits.  The course introduces mathematical descriptions for alternating currents and gives practical examples of their application to electric power and transformers.  An associated laboratory gives students practical measurement experience using common electronic instrumentation and stresses electric safety. Prerequisite: Math 111, ET 150 or equivalent 

AC/DC Circuit Theory and Application.  (Lecture: 3, Lab: 1), This course builds skills in ac/dc circuit analysis that provide a foundation for design applications.  The course introduces mesh and nodal analysis techniques to handle dc network problems.  Other network analysis theorems, such as source transformation, Thevenin's theorems, Norton's theorems, superposition, delta-wye resistor transformations and the maximum power transfer theorem simplify circuit analysis.  The course extends analysis of simple ac circuits through the introduction of phasor transforms and the impedance concept.  The course introduces the frequency response of simple RC, RL and RLC circuits.  The frequency response of resonant circuits is covered.  Bode plots are used to describe the frequency response of simple RC and RL filter circuits with and without attenuation.  A laboratory demonstrates the course theory and teaches students electrical safety and the proper use of electronic instruments such as multimeters, function generators, power supplies, and oscilloscopes.  The course uses circuit simulation software to verify theoretical calculations and compute values for laboratory experiments. Prerequisite:  ET 245a

Ac Network Theory and Application.  (Lecture: 3, Lab: 1), This course continues to build the necessary foundation skills in ac circuit analysis for use in electrical and electronics design.  It focuses on phasor transform methods for solving ac networks. The course introduces dependent sources to model electronic components.  The course extends circuit theory to ac analysis of source conversions, mesh and nodal analysis, bridge networks, superposition, and delta-wye conversion.  The course analyzes RC transient response and pulse characteristics.  The course demonstrates these topics through practical applications.  The course extends Thevenin's and Norton’s theorems to sinusoidal ac circuits with practical application to maximum power transfer.  The course introduces the ideal Operational Amplifier model and applies circuit analysis techniques to solve simple amplifier configurations.  The course uses Fourier series theory to analyze non-sinusoidal waveforms. A laboratory demonstrates theory and teaches students safety and the use of electronic instruments such as multimeters, function generators, power supplies, and oscilloscopes.  The course uses circuit simulation software to verify theoretical calculations and compute values for laboratory experiments. Prerequisite:  ET 304a or equivalent, Math 150 or concurrent enrollment.

Automated Instrumentation and Data Acquisition.  (Lecture: 3, Lab: 1), The course covers computerized control of electronic instruments and data acquisition systems. Students will learn how to select equipment and sensors to control test equipment and develop data acquisition systems. The course covers characteristics, interfacing and operation of commercially available data acquisition systems.  The course introduces a high-level graphical programming language such as LabVIEWÔ to link PC’s with instruments and sensor monitoring equipment.  Students develop automated testing programs using GPIB programmable test equipment and software. They construct human-machine interfaces to display and analyze collected data using this software.  The course examines on-off control schemes for external devices using data acquisition system outputs.  Prerequisite:  ET 236 or equivalent, ET 245a, ENGR 222b or CS 202.

DC Motors, Generators and Energy Conversion Devices.  (Lecture: 3, Lab: 1), This course covers the theory, application, and operation of DC motors and generators used in industry and electronics.  It emphasizes the testing and measurement of machine characteristics, parameters and efficiency. The course develops circuit models and mathematical formulas to describe machine operation and predict their performance.  The course covers how to read and analyze motor protection and control schemes used in industrial settings.  The course introduces the science, application, and economics of renewable DC power using photocells. Laboratory exercises demonstrate the theoretical concepts and give students practical experience using various types of measurement instruments and software.  Laboratory experiments verify machine performance and efficiency. This course covers topics that lead to careers in industrial and utility power systems design, renewable energy and robotics. Prerequisite:  ET 304a or concurrent enrollment.

AC Electric Machines and Power Systems. (Lecture: 3, Lab: 1), This course covers the theory and operation of AC machines and industrial power systems with an emphasis on testing and measurement of machine characteristics, parameters and efficiency.  The course topics include a review of basic ac circuit analysis, three-phase circuit analysis, and power formulas.  The course uses this foundation to develop circuit models and formulas to describe power transformer, ac motor, and ac generator operation and predict performance.  The course covers practical aspects of applying transformers, ac motors and ac generators in industry.  The course includes a presentation of machine theory and operation of asynchronous generators used in wind generation.  Laboratory exercises demonstrate the theoretical concepts and give students practical experience using various types of measurement instruments and software.  Laboratory experiments verify machine performance and efficiency.  This course covers topics that lead to careers in industrial and utility power systems design, electrical maintenance, and renewable energy. Prerequisite:  ET 304b or concurrent enrollment.

Technology Design. A design project on any technical subject selected by the student with advice from the instructor. Individual or group effort required to develop functional design. Report writing and oral presentation required. Prerequisite: 311, 312, 313, 318.

Cost Estimating. (Same as IMAE 390) Study of the techniques of cost estimation for products, processes, equipment, projects, and systems. Prerequisite: Mathematics 111.

392-2 (1,1) 
Engineering Technology Co-op. 
Supervised work experience in Engineering Technology industry. Prerequisite: junior standing and consent of instructor. Mandatory Pass/Fail.

Electronic Circuit Analysis.  (Lecture: 3, Lab: 1), This course is a study of fundamental solid-state electronic concepts, the application and design of transistor amplifiers, and operational amplifier circuits.  Course topics include the ideal operational amplifier, diodes, rectifiers, analysis and design of bipolar transistor (BJT) amplifiers, and the analysis and design of field effect transistor (FET) amplifiers. This course covers topics leading to careers in electronic systems design and circuit fabrication. An associated laboratory emphasizes electronics circuit design and analysis. (Lecture + Lab) Prerequisite: ET 304b.

Electronics Application and Design.   (Lecture: 3, Lab: 1), This course focuses on system-level design and application of electronics circuits. These circuits include linear integrated circuits, quasi-linear circuits, integrated digital circuits, and pulse waveform generating and timing circuits. Topics include power amplifiers, Schmitt triggers, comparators, timers, and active filters. A design laboratory emphasizes active learning and allows students to implement several design projects with increasing complexity as the semester progresses.  This course covers topics leading to careers in electronic systems design and circuit fabrication. Prerequisite: ET 403a-4.

424-6 (3, 3) Power Systems Technology. (a) Fundamentals of basic power plant operation, economics and equipment. Advanced Rankine cycles and cogeneration. Fuel classification and combustion principles. Alternative energy sources and conversion. Students work concurrently on group design projects emphasizing written and oral deliverables. Prerequisite: 311, 312, 313, 317, 318. (b) Alternate energy systems, e.g., wind power, solar energy, geothermal energy, biomass. Extension of 424a with heavier emphasis on optimization of design. Prerequisite: 424a.

Wireless Communication Fundamentals.  (Lecture: 3, Lab: 1),This course introduces students to wireless communication theory and application. The course covers topics in radio wave propagation, high frequency transmission lines, waveguides, and antennas.  Students study wireless systems and frequency spectrum. They also cover wave theory and transmission line impedance matching using Smith Charts. The course covers electromagnetic fields, radio frequency power losses and transmission efficiency.  The course includes the theory, design and application of antennas.  The topics include radiation patterns, beam width, wave propagation, and radio frequency safety. A laboratory gives students practical experiences in high frequency measurement techniques and re-enforces presented theory. Laboratory experiments include the admittance meter, artificial transmission lines, slotted lines, antenna SWR, and fiber optic cable losses. The course prepares students for careers as field and design engineers in wireless communications. Prerequisite: ET 304B with a minimum grade of C.

Wireless Communication Systems.   (Lecture: 3, Lab: 1), This course introduces students to radio frequency signals, transmitters, receivers, and various types of modulation used in wireless communications. Students study the theory, design and application of these building blocks. The course covers RF signal analysis and modulation theory. Students study transmitters, oscillators, RF amplifiers, RF modulators, AM receivers, tuned RF receivers, super- heterodyne receivers, single sideband systems, PLL frequency synthesizers, DDS synthesizers, FM transmitters and FM receivers.  The course introduces digital data encoding, digital modulation techniques, UARTs, error detection and correction codes, and digital communication standards.  Students study direct conversion and super regenerative receivers. Laboratory design exercises produce functional communication system blocks that are assembled into a high frequency receiver for demonstration and presentation. The course prepares students for careers as field and design engineers in wireless communications.
Prerequisite: ET 437a

Automatic Control Systems Technology.   (Lecture: 3, Lab: 1), Automatic control systems use electronic sensors and components to regulate processes and devices.  This course covers the mathematical concepts and practical tools used to represent and design continuous signal automatic control systems.  The course develops mathematical models for electric, hydraulic, mechanical and thermal processes found in industry.  The course uses the analytic concepts of Laplace transforms, transfer functions, block diagrams and signal flow graphs to represent systems, determine system response and design stable control systems.  The course uses computer-aided design techniques.  These methods determine system stability graphically and include Nyquist, and frequency response plots.  A laboratory demonstrates practical applications of measurement and control using electronic sensors and controllers designed using integrated circuits.  This course covers topics leading to careers in process industries, industrial sales and engineering design firms. Prerequisite:  ET 304b, ET 332a.

Sequential Digital Control and Data Acquisition.   (Lecture: 3, Lab: 1), This course covers fundamental concepts and components used in computer-based data collection and sequential control systems.  The course introduces sensors, signal conditioning, analog-to-digital, and digital-to-analog conversion devices used in data acquisition and control.  Students will learn the characteristics of sequential digital processes and a methodology for designing this type of process control.  Relay logic diagrams are covered and used to implement these designs.  Students will also learn the structure and operation of programmable logic controllers.  The course examines programming and interfacing external sensor to the programmable logic controllers.  A laboratory demonstrates the lecture topics and gives students experience in programming with a data acquisition and control language and ladder logic programming.  A laboratory project applies the hardware and software concepts using a design team approach. This course covers topics leading to careers in process industries, and engineering design firms.Prerequisite:  ET 438a, ENGR 222b or CS 202

Computer-Aided Manufacturing. 
(Same as IMAE 445) [IAI Course: MTM 933] Introduction to the use of computers in the manufacturing of products. Includes the study of direct and computer numerical control of machine tools as well as interaction with process planning, inventory control and quality control. Laboratory. Prerequisite: Engineering Technology 103 or Industrial Technology 105, Industrial Technology 208 or Engineering Technology 209, and computer programming.

Microcontroller Application and Design.  (Lecture: 3, Lab: 1), This course introduces students to embedded systems design and microcontroller programming. Students study cutting-edge microcontroller architectures and then design applications. The course emphasizes interfacing microcontrollers with sensors, motors and other devices. The latest software techniques are used to program the microcontrollers. Software tools such as Matlab and Simulink are used to aid in visualization and Model-Based Design.  A laboratory provides practical programming and design experiences. This course covers topics leading to careers in embedded control design and software development. Prerequisites: ET 238, CS 202.

Industrial Robotics. 
(Same as IMAE 455) Study of industrial robots and their applications; pendant and numerical programming of robots. Robotics design including tactile and visual sensors. Technical and psychological problems of justification, installation, and management of robotic systems. Prerequisite: 445.

492-1 to 6 
Special Problems in Industry and Technology. 
Special opportunity for students to obtain assistance and guidance in the investigation and solution of selected technical problems. Not for graduate credit. Prerequisite: consent of instructor