Electrical Technology with Renewable Energy

Electrical Technology with Renewable Energy Degree Program

Associate in Science Degree

The Electrical Technology program with an emphasis on Renewable Energy trains students for entry-level careers in the electrical industry. Some of the diverse careers open to graduates are construction electrician, maintenance electrician, photovoltaic installation technician, power system technician, electrical relay technician, electrical research technician, electrical distribution sales, electro-mechanical technician, electrical technical support, and entry level controls engineer.

The curriculum integrates electrical theory and practical application to give students not only the manual skills to wire and install electrical systems and apparatus but also the mathematical and practical knowledge to support, explain and troubleshoot a wide variety of electrical projects. Computer programs are integrated into the coursework to allow for practice of circuit calculations, to create working models that simulate real circuit conditions and to support classroom lectures and demonstrations. Of equal importance is the thorough study of the safety rules, protocols, and procedures laid out in the National, Massachusetts and Rhode Island Electrical Codes as well as the OSHA standards for the construction and general industries.  Laboratory projects, ranging from elementary breadboard experiments to advanced PLC ladder logic control circuits, provide hands-on experience to develop wiring techniques and to simulate actual job conditions in residential, commercial and industrial environments.

Upon completion of the Associate in Science Degree in Electrical Technology, the graduate is qualified to seek employment in entry-level careers in the electrical industry and are qualified to work as an apprentice electrician or technician. Associate degree graduates can also continue in the NEIT Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology program.

For those interested in careers in the sustainable renewable energy fields such as solar photovoltaic arrays, wind generation (turbine), tidal generation and fuel cell technologies, an additional quarter specifically addresses these careers as well as the unique techniques and standards students must learn to become competent as “green” electricians or technicians.  Upon successful completion, ELY students may earn an additional Associate in Science degree in Electrical Technology with a concentration in Renewable Energy Sources. Upon passage of the program, students are eligible to sit for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) entry level exam.

The “Green Quarter” is available for Electrical Technology graduates as well as non-NEIT students provided certain requirements are met (i.e. electrical licensing, electrical contractor, and electrical engineer).

“We look for employees with relevant work experience in their field of study that have passion, drive, and the desire to excel in what they do. We look to New England Tech grads because they have those traits.

New England Tech grads come pretty well prepared because of the practical, hands-on experience. They learn the fundamentals which puts them a step ahead, especially in our apprenticeship program.”
Maja Zino, Human Resource Generalist
Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Holliston, MA

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Program Mission, Goals and Outcomes

Program Mission:
The mission of the Electrical Technology Program (ELY) is to provide a specialized associate degree program to prepare students for entry-level technical careers in diverse electrical, electro-mechanical, technical support, and electrical controls fields. ELY students will develop skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, and appropriate use of construction tools through practical experience in the wiring and troubleshooting of a wide variety of electrical projects. Students will study and learn a background of electrical science, mastery of fundamental mathematical principles, and the knowledge of safety rules and procedures laid out in the National Electrical Code, enabling them to perform the duties of an apprentice electrician or entry-level technician. Graduates will attain a basic foundation of knowledge and skills that an employer can build upon with continuing education.

Program Goals:
1. The ELY program will provide appropriate learning opportunities for students to acquire the theoretical knowledge, applicable skills and attitude necessary to function as an entry-level electrical technician or electrical apprentice.
2. ELY students who are entering a State-run electrical apprenticeship program:
• Will acquire the necessary skills for transfer into a State program and
• May meet, contingent on applicable law and regulation, some of the requirements (which vary from state to state) necessary to qualify for state electrical journey electrician licensing exams. Continuing education is a component of most electrical apprentice programs.
3. The ELY program will instill in the student a sense of commitment to the electrical industry’s core values and ethics.

Program Outcomes:
Graduates of this program will be able to:
1. Identify, define, and analyze:
• Fundamental principles of electrical circuitry and processes
• Electrical industry materials, tools and equipment
2. Research Electrical industry standards for installation criteria and safety considerations.
3. Function as a team member to install, maintain and troubleshoot residential, commercial, and industrial projects.
4. Demonstrate effective oral and written communications using correct technical terminology with supervisors, co-workers, clients, and suppliers.
5. Perform tasks and duties in a “safe and workmanlike manner” with regards to legal obligations applicable to the electrical industry.
6. Demonstrate attitudes, values, and behaviors congruent with electrical industry standards and ethics.

Courses Offered

Associate in Science Degree

ELT 112 Electrical Foundations I & Lab
ELT 116 Introduction to Residential Wiring/NEC I
ELT 117 Basic Wiring Techniques Lab
ELT 122 Electrical Foundations II & Lab
ELT 126 Residential Wiring/NEC II
ELT 127 Residential Wiring II Lab II
ELT 132 Transformers & Lab
ELT 134 OSHA Construction Safety & Health
ELT 136 Advanced Wiring/NEC III
ELT 137 Advanced Wiring III Lab
ELT 212 Motor Theory
ELT 215 Motor Controls Lab
ELT 217 AutoCAD Electrical
ELT 222 Industrial Controls
ELT 223 Industrial Controls Lab
ELT 226 Introduction to PLCs & Lab
ELT 232 Electronic Motor Drive Systems
ELT 233 Advanced Industrial Controls Lab
ELT 236 Advanced PLCs & Lab
Renewable Engergy Systems:
ELT 280 PhotoVoltaic Systems & Lab
ELT 290 Winde Turbine Technology & Renewable Energy Sources
SCI110 Environment Science