Preparing students for effective careers in electrical engineering, this program covers the design and operational characteristics of electrical circuits, electrical machinery and electronics equipment.
Bachelor's-level studies pave the way for jobs in electrical engineering design, as well as pursuing advanced degrees.
There are no special requirements to apply. In order to enroll in the program, all you need to do is select Electrical Engineering Technology as your major when you apply to Bluefield State College.
Your advisor will work with you throughout your academic journey to make sure you're on track to earn your degree. Receiving the B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology requires completing the following courses:
Practice in the techniques of effective academic writing with an emphasis on the writing process, including rhetorical methods, patterns of organization, and an introduction to APA formatting. Available to students scoring 18 or higher on the English section of the ACT, 450 or higher on the verbal portion of the SAT-I, or 88 or higher on the ACCUPLACER Sentences Skills test. Fall, Spring.
A study of the basic concepts of electricity and the application of these concepts to fundamental direct and alternating current circuits. The principles of electromagnetism and electrostatics are also studied and applied to problems involving the production and utilization of electric energy. PR: ACT score in mathematics of 19 or above, or GNET 098. Spring.
A study of fundamental algebraic concepts and operations, functions and graphs, trigonometric functions and their graphs, linear equations and determinants, factoring, fractions, vectors, and triangles. PR: ACT score in mathematics of 19 or above, or GNET 098. Fall.
A study of the concepts of complex circuit analysis for both direct and alternating current circuits. Topics studied include network theorems, sinusoidal alternating waveforms with basic elements and phases. ELET 112L is the lab component for the course and should be taken simultaneously with ELET 110.CO: ELET 112, GNET 116. PR GNET 102. Spring.
Stresses the practical application of circuit theory presented in ELET 110. The design characteristics of electrical measuring devices including tools, meters and oscilloscopes are discussed and the proper use of these devices in various types of circuits is emphasized. PR: GNET 102, CO: ELET 110. Spring.
Continued practice in reading and composition with an emphasis on the research process, including an introduction to literary analysis and MLA format. Students must earn a grade of a C or above or repeat this course to fulfill the general education requirement. PR: C or higher in ENGL 101 or CLEP score of 50 or higher or advanced placement waiving ENGL 101 or ACT English mechanics/usage subtest score of 9 or higher or COMPASS Writing Diagnostics test score of 76 or higher. Fall, Spring.
A study of mechanics and heat. Topics discussed include vectors, concurrent and nonconcurrent forces, kinematics and linear motion, work, energy, simple machines, impulse, momentum, thermal expansion, specific heat, and change of state. PR: ACT score in mathematics of 19 or above, or GNET 098 or COMPASS Engineering Math score of 59 or higher. Fall.
A study of exponents and radicals, complex numbers, logarithms, systems of equations, theory of equations, inequalities, determinants, matrices, variations, progressions, properties of trigonometric functions, and inverse trigonometric functions. PR: GNET 115. Spring.
A study of solid-state electronics. The design and construction of semiconductor devices is discussed. Devices studied include germanium and silicon diodes, zener diodes, rectifiers and junction transistors. PR: ELET 110, ELET 112. Fall.
A study of the physical and operational characteristics of direct current motors and generators; stepper motors; transformers; single-phase and polyphase induction motors. Introduction and applications of variable frequency drives will be presented. Laboratory experiments are used to demonstrate the behavior of the devices under various operating conditions. PR: ELET 110, ELET 112. Fall.
Fundamentals and procedures in transmission and distribution of electrical energy along with introduction to principles of operations and applications of various electrical protection devices. Selection of proper protective devices and coordination of an electrical system will be examined. PR: ELET 110. Fall.
A study of elements of plane analytical geometry, including polar coordinates, the derivative of a
function with applications, integrals and applications, differentiation of transcendental functions, and methods of integration. PR: MATH 109 and MATH 110, or GNET 116, or ACT Mathematics main score of 26 or COMPASS Trigonometry score of 46 or above. Fall, Spring.
An introduction to the Visual BASIC event-driven programming language with emphasis on producing working programs. Includes how to design a Windows-interface, how to set the properties of objects on the interface/form, and how to code, debug, execute and document the actions/behaviors of selected objects. Also includes the coding of structured algorithms to do branching and looping along with other problem solving techniques and the development of an acceptable programming style. PR: GNET 115, MATH 109, or written consent of the instructor.
A follow up of solid-state electronics. The course focuses on further study of semiconductor devices and their applications. Study includes bipolar junction transistors, field effect transistors, thyristors and simple small-scale integrated circuits. PR: ELET 201. Spring.
A study of direct and alternating current systems for controlling operation of electric motors. Electromagnetic and static control systems are studied in detail. An introduction to the operations of a programmable controller will be included with both ladder logic. PR: ELET 205. Spring.
A study of the electronic construction and operation of digital computers, integrated components and elements electronically interconnected for obtaining basic digital computer performance, including an introduction to microprocessors. Individual components and elements are analyzed using Boolean algebra and Karnaugh mapping to insure the most simple and most economical networks. Some basic networks studied are exclusive OR, half adders, full adders, shift registers, comparators, counters, arithmetic, memory units and microprocessors. PR: GNET 116. Spring.
General introduction to the principles of computer aided drafting including the study of CAD system components, entity creation, and methods of editing and manipulation, with the major emphasis placed on hands-on practice in the CAD laboratory. Spring.
Microprocessors are studied as elements in bus organized computers. Applications for controlling outside devices are studied. Flow charts are used to demonstrate how control decisions can be based on programmed, priority, or interrupt demands. Support devices are studied of which a few are: read only memories (ROM), random access memories (RAM), arithmetic logic units (ALU), accumulators, and Input/output (I/O) devices. PR: ELET 218. Fall.
Develops nodal and loop analysis. Circuits are studied using these techniques to solve more difficult problems. Thevenin’s and Norton’s theorems are rigorously studied. PSpice is introduced and used to solve complex circuits. Simple RC and RL circuits are also studied. PR: ELET 110, MATH 220. Fall.
Differentiation of transcendental functions; parametric equation; polar coordinates; methods of
integration; applications of the definite integral. Infinte Series. PR: MATH 220. Fall, Spring.
A study of representative works of world literature from antiquity to 1750. The course emphasizes the study and consideration of the literary, cultural, and human significance of selected great works of the Western and non-Western literary traditions. This course gives special attention to critical thinking and writing within a framework of cultural diversity. PR: A grade of C or higher in ENGL 102. HIST 101 is recommended. Fall, Spring.
This introductory course in human communication develops communication competence by exploring the foundations of communication, interpersonal communication, group communication and public speaking. Emphasis is on developing practical skills in the following areas: critical thinking, research, listening, language, nonverbal, ethics, conflict management and resolution, self-confidence, perception, relationships, teamwork, interviewing, public speaking, and diversity. PR: ENGL 102 and Computer Literacy course. Fall, Spring.
A study of medium and large scale integrated circuits and their applications. Special circuits using LCD, SCR, UJT, TRIAC and DIAC are studied. PR: ELET 202. Spring.
Principles and applications of programmable controllers with introduction to basic components of the system and ladder logic programming; assignments will include work on industrial-type programmable controllers and software packages using a computer interfaced with a controller. PR: ELET 216 or consent of instructor. Spring.
Equations of order one; linear differential equations; nonhomogeneous equations; variation of parameters; differential operations; Laplace transformation; nonlinear equations; power series methods; applications. PR: MATH 230. Spring.
The study of the relative economy of engineering alternatives, compound interest in relation to calculation of annual costs, present worth and prospective rates of returns on investments, methods of depreciation, sinking cost, increment cost, general studies with emphasis on retirement and replacement of equipment, consideration of taxes, public works, and manufacturing costs as related to economic solutions of engineering proposals. Principles of engineering ethics are presented and related to costing. PR: MATH 220. Fall.
A study of the fundamental terminology, skills, tools, and techniques applied to manage project activities in order to exceed client expectations for an engineering or computer science project. Coursework will include an introduction to the context of project management processes, team development, problem solving, scheduling & time management, cost control, quality monitoring & evaluation, documentation & communication, risk management, and continuous improvement. PR: COSC Prefix course, Junior Standing. Fall
A presentation of the principles of chemistry through a study of the structure and reactions of representative elements and compounds. Principles covered include stoichiometry, thermochemistry, chemical bonding, and the gaseous state. CO/PR: MATH 109 or GNET 115. Fall
Sessions consist of observing, reporting, and interpreting chemical phenomena. CO/PR: CHEM 101. Fall.
Vector mechanics course covering concepts of forces, moments, couples, and resultants; equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies in two and three dimensions; forces in trusses, frames and machines; centroids and centers of mass for lines, areas, and volumes; distributed loads, internal shear-force and bending-moment calculations for beams; dry friction and belt friction; area moments of inertia and the parallel-axis theorem. PR: GNET 101, GNET 116. Fall.
A formal course in diverse areas of Electrical Engineering Technology. Course may be repeated for different topics. Specific topics will be announced and indicated by subtitle on transcript. PR: Consent of instructor.
Students are introduced to coupling networks, response analysis and noise. AM and FM transmission and reception, and related circuits are studied along with an introduction to transmission lines, antennas, and microwave circuits. PR: ELET 202, MATH 220. Spring.
Students will perform a hands-on project, with prior approval of the faculty, requiring comprehensive understanding of the electrical engineering technology. This project can be done at the college facilities or at the area industries. The end product resulting from this project should be submitted to the advisor along with a small thesis-type report. The student will be required to make an oral presentation in front of a committee comprising all the faculty of the department.
After receiving your B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology degree, you may visit the West Virginia Board of Registration for Professional Engineers to take the required exam and meet any service requirements in order to be registered as a professional engineer.